computer use in BT

Submitted: Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 20:56
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We have just purchased a 2004 21ft BT and will be heading off to Adelaide at the end of the month, I am wanting to use a lap top, and was woundering what is the most economical way to buy internet access. Have spoken to Telstra and they are offering plans through the new Next G network, Is anyone using this system? if so what is the range like, and which plan do you find the best, I guess that all comes back to usage and speed required. Is anyone using any other provider? if so which ones and what is cost and coverage like. Is there an economical Satelite connection for a Caravan, it doesn't appear that Telstra has one. Do any providers have a combined home and mobile plan, we will be leaving BT and F250 in storage and flying back home at times,,does anyone else leave their rigs for periods of time? How easy is it to find suitable and secure storage around OZ.
Regards, Eric & Gail
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Reply By: SuziTracker - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 02:12

Friday, May 11, 2007 at 02:12
Welcome Eric & Gail

Look at post 3236 on the Owners Forum. All will be revealed.

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Follow Up By: Eric & Gail - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 16:14

Friday, May 11, 2007 at 16:14
Some good info in 3236, all helps to make the right decision. Eric
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 04:09

Friday, May 11, 2007 at 04:09
Welcome to the BOG forum.

We have the Next G wireless card on a 10 hour plan that appears sufficient for a quick check of BOG site and emails. Coverage is reasonable but better with an external antenna.

Kilcoy Yowies have the 240 volt Next G modem which they use at home and while travelling with a 1 gig down load for $50 appears to be the best option for those who want long periods on the net. They may require you to have it registered as your home net service, but it works as a portable if you have 240 volts available.

If you are not a financial member yet, there are a lot of extra goodies in the owners forum.

As for leaving you van somewhere and flying home we left ours in a Perth Caravan park for 10 days without any problems. A lot of parks have a storage area at very reasonable rates that you could use.

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Follow Up By: Eric & Gail - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 16:12

Friday, May 11, 2007 at 16:12
Thanks for info Brian, will follow up with Telstra.
Eric
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Reply By: TripnTaps - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 04:12

Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 04:12
Sitting here in the dark of the evening beside the Murray River..... not much water....but the night is mild and the stars are glistening and not a light in sight and yet we have 2 bar signal strength Next G working well

Have checked the stock market... not much bleeding there.... bourbon in hand with my other half by my side , Ahhhhhh.... this is the life!

Cheers all

Helen & John
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Follow Up By: Turist - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 04:51

Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 04:51
Not totally perfect.
No flathead in the Murray.

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Follow Up By: Noosa Fox - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 05:40

Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 05:40
Probably penty of European Carp there though.

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Follow Up By: Mobi Condo - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 17:00

Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 17:00
Or are they Murray Schnapper?
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Reply By: Tellem Bugrem - Monday, May 14, 2007 at 04:05

Monday, May 14, 2007 at 04:05
Helen & John,

Throw a yabby trap in overnight, then use a small yabby or river shrimp to catch a Yellow Belly. Much better eating than a Mallacoota flathead. Make sure you clean out all the fat and blood in the rib cage and along the backbone. There is nil -zero muddy taste that way.

Yes, next G is the way to go.... We will be changing from Mini Max to Next G before our next trip...........I like the Yowies idea of taking the home-based 240v modem.......any idea of power requirement....would it run on a 600watt inverter (in the car) or the BT's inverter, or would you have to run the Genny?

Good luck with the Yellow Belly................Rob & Liz
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Follow Up By: TripnTaps - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 03:13

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 03:13
Hi Rob & Liz
Thanks for the tip. The river was that low that we could actually see mud oysters way out in the middle of the river and all the holes from the yabbys were exposed on the banks.

Caught one Yellow Belly and a few carp but decided it was a release weekend for us this trip.
After all with a feed from a wonderful restuarant at Rutherglen on the Saturday lunch no need for major cook out this trip.

Cant help you with the AC modem requirments as we followed Ange & Ivans lead and got the wireless USB set up as we do not have broadband where we live; We have bought a DC-DC charger from Jaycar for the laptop as at build we did not take the option of fitting an inverter. We have tried a portable inverter but were not happy with performance. I believe Bogger John has a small inverter that was made in Italy which has worked well for him. I would be cautious of using the genny.

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Helen
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Follow Up By: Mobi Condo - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 04:24

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 04:24
Murray Schnapper, Torrens Snapper, Swamp Trout - all the same as Carp!
Have also heard them called River Rabbits! Cheers - Ian & Sally
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