After nearly eight years of our love/hate relationship with MotoSat, we were very excited to learn about the new RVDataSat 840 satellite internet system now being offered by our service provider, Mobilsat (Mobil Satellite Technologies). I was even more excited to help with the install and be the first registered user on their new Insta-Sat network.
I have a lot to say so about our new system already, so this will likely be the first of many rvdatasat tagged blog posts. Suffice it to say, however, I am very pleased with our purchase! Any full-time RVers who prefer to travel far beyond the well beaten path of cellular network reach should seriously consider the new RVDataSat 840 if they require reliable internet service from anywhere.
- RVDataSat 840 System Specs
- DataSAT ACU-1 Controller Specs
- MobilSat Product Brochure
- InstaSat Service Plans
[/unordered_list]Pictured at Right: The roof-mounted RVDataSat 840 performs dish calibration at the touch of a button.[/threecol_one]
Why I Love Our New RVDataSat 840 Satellite Internet Dish
This is a beautiful sight:
So is this:
I’ve been speaking with MobilSat about this new system since I had to repair our MotoSat mount last year. If only the RVDataSat 840 had been available then! But I digress…
We were familiar with the many features similar to our previous MotoSat system, but various benefits of the RVDataSat 840 convinced us to invest in this new system:
- roof-mounted .84m satellite dish
- easy to install mount and hardware
- no modem commissioning required
- one-touch controller with display and html interface
- no contract, pay as you go bandwidth
MobilSat’s RVDataSat 840 is easy to install and includes all required networking hardware—iDirect modem, dish controller, wireless router, and cabling. Once we decided on our purchase, we called Don Marr at Oregon Satellite RV who installed our original MotoSat dish back in 2007. Installation is much easier with a lift, and we needed to do something with our old system. You may be able to get a deal on it since Don sells lots of used satellite internet equipment and MotoSat parts!
At $5995 the RVDataSat 840 is an investment. But this is not about having the latest and greatest internet gadget. This is a long term investment in the lifestyle we love to live! I can’t wait to really put this system to the test when we’re boondocking somewhere in Big Bend or the middle of nowhere once we head south for the winter. Until then, well, it has been performing beyond my expectations so far.
The first thing I noticed about the RVDataSat 840, is the incredible speed of the mount. With our old F2 dish, it would take anywhere from 10 to 40+ minutes to lock on to our satellite. This was always a strain on me and our batteries when out in the boonies.
With this new system, waiting to get online has yet to take longer than a few minutes. The calibration routine is much quicker, and satellite signal identification and optimization by the DataSAT controller can be described in one word: Fast!
Next, I had always known that iDirect satellite internet service was faster than our previous HughesNet connection. Having never used the former, I just had no idea how much faster. MobilSat promises maximum speeds of up to 4 Mbps download and 512 Kbps upload. Look at this speed test comparison I did one night when our new system was performing better than our Verizon Mifi wireless hotspot.
For those who say satellite internet will never compare to wireless broadband, here’s our proof. Granted, there are many variables when performing such tests, and I could do more. But the true test lies in real life application. With our new Insta-Sat service, we are now able to stream YouTube movies, upload large files faster, and use intensive apps like Buffer, Tweetdeck and PicMonkey with much better success than we ever had in the past over HughesNet.
Doing these sort of things—and other online tasks we must perform daily to manage our business—from locations without cellular service are a must for us, and only possible with satellite internet service. The RVDataSat 840 is perfect for the job!
With MotoSat no longer in business, this new system from MobilSat is the only consumer level automatic satellite internet antenna currently available. There is a clear need for it, and RVers will surely be impressed! Having used the new system for just a couple weeks now, I am quite pleased with its performance and ease of use.
I could go on and on, and likely will in future posts. Stay tuned for details about the simple Insta-Sat registration process, helpful features of the DataSAT controller, and a bit of satellite internet industry history I learned while working with the fine folks at MobilSat and RF Mogul.
1. After receiving a comment about the upload speed screenshot above, I’ve been periodically running additional tests. As I mentioned, various factors can affect actual speeds, and results may vary…