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RE: Star Link

One of our local school systems are using it to extend internet services to some of their students who live in very rural, mountainous areas of our county. According to our technology director, it's working well. These are residences that don't move, so... Reread my post. I was not concerned with latency. I was concerned with the obstructions, no satellite, and beta downtimes and instability.
DarkSkySeeker 03/07/21 12:48pm Technology Corner
RE: Mattresses

YES but at least they are cheap. I'd rather my RV cost $500 more than sleep on the @#[email protected]#$ mattress that came with it.
DarkSkySeeker 03/05/21 12:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Star Link

From what I see on Youtube of that shows latency, it is much better than Huges Net and would be OK for VPN. That is the difference between low and high orbit satellites. I measure Hughes which was over 150ms and Starlink was below 50ms. The latency becomes infinite during the downtimes I've mentioned. If the application you're using has a long timeout, you're fine.
DarkSkySeeker 03/05/21 10:30am Technology Corner
RE: Star Link

I could not use Hughes because of its high latency time that makes VPN run at modem speeds. I might be over-stating this here, but I think Starlink is wrong to suggest the latency of its system is so good. The obstructions, beta downtime, and no satellites of the beta are nearly unacceptable. Elon says space should be exciting. Starlink is exciting. First there is anticipation about the order, and now I have anticipation about more satellite 'fixing' the downtime issues.
DarkSkySeeker 03/05/21 09:56am Technology Corner
RE: Star Link

It looks to me that it can be used in an RV if you can see the satellites. If not why? The dish is constrained to a "zone". If you go outside that zone, you will not get a signal. There are lots of articles about this if you take just a moment to search. When you order your dish, you declare your "service address", and you are limited to that. I am not sure how big the zone is. I suppose that could be your favorite campground.
DarkSkySeeker 03/05/21 09:34am Technology Corner
RE: Star Link

Anyway, Star link looks to be a game-changer for Verizon, ATT, Hughes and etc. competition will certainly bring prices down. I will not be buying any Hughes stock. :R
DarkSkySeeker 03/05/21 09:32am Technology Corner
RE: Star Link

I entered my name on the Starlink website way back last year. Then in early February, I received an email stating I could order a unit. I ordered mine on February 8 and it came February 28 (I live about an hour north of San Francisco). If you watch any of the dozens of Starlink unboxing Youtube videos, the setup is exactly as people show. The speeds are good. Over the course of the first 24 hours, the Starlink dish reports whether or not it detects obstructions. Mine does not detect obstructions. Despite that, the real time data shown in the app, shows occasional obstructions for 10-20 seconds every few minutes. I also frequently see "beta downtime" and "no satellites". Apparently this is when the satellites out of view or busy receiving updates. The graph below is automatically collected by the router. The pink zones indicate "obstructions". If the pink region was yellow, the indication is "no satellites". When gray, "beta downtime". Over the last 24 hours, the total obstruction time for my dish is 5 minutes. 2 minutes for no satellites, and 5 minutes for beta downtime. During the beta downtime, obstructions, or no satellites, there is no response. Your signal is lost. If you are gaming or working with an editor doing coding, you will be disappointed during the downtime. If you are Youtubing or watching Netflix, the buffering in those services is usually good enough to span the downtime. Most of the Starlink media news is that things will get better as satellites are added with each launch. The incredible speeds shown on the Youtube videos occurs when you are standing right next to the Starlink router. In my home, the router is 30 feet away and the signal passes through the floor of my living room. In my case, this cuts the bandwidth down from 100 Mbps to about 40 Mbps. I spent a few days moving the dish around, looking for the best view of the sky. Eventually, I put the dish up on a flagpole I bought at Harbor freight. The dish "peeks" up over the edge of my roofline. This turned out to be the best spot where no trees were in the way. The app helps with this.
DarkSkySeeker 03/05/21 09:18am Technology Corner
RE: Mattresses

I'd just like to state the obvious: Factory RV mattresses are really, really, bad. We just got a queen mattress to replace our Factory one. Until now, I was sore in my shoulders and back. The new mattress is thick and firm. The old one looks like an old gunny sack in a side by side comparison.
DarkSkySeeker 01/29/21 09:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Need an Education

Why do most of you feel the need to leave your vehicles running for long amounts of time before you pull out and long amounts of time when you pull into a campsite? While I was pulling in and getting straight in the spot, a neighbor came over and said his wife wanted me to shut off my rig. I had not been there 10 minutes, and most of that was manuvering.
DarkSkySeeker 01/29/21 09:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Harbor Freight Tailgator generator review

Watch the video, and then read the comments. Bizarre.
DarkSkySeeker 01/29/21 09:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Heartland Pioneer RL 250
DarkSkySeeker 01/29/21 08:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailers for large families

A van will not tow a large TT without burning up the transmission. Bumping up the transmission... ??? What exactly does that mean? "Burning" not "Bumping"
DarkSkySeeker 01/27/21 11:58am Travel Trailers
RE: COVID sniffing dogs

...will use coronavirus-sniffing dogs... That offers a lot quicker diagnosis than the nasal test. If the dogs really can do it, why are people lined up in their cars for tests?
DarkSkySeeker 01/25/21 10:31am RV Pet Stop
RE: Travel Trailers for large families

...we now have 6 kids and are looking to make camping a bit easier for us. We would like a travel trailer that sleeps at least 8... It is going to be a challenge. With just myself and my girlfriend in our 27' TT, our stuff gets all over the place. Jackets, shoes, electronics, and other gear. I sincerely wish you the best of luck.
DarkSkySeeker 01/25/21 10:28am Travel Trailers
RE: living full time internet needs

A lot depends on how much data you consume. If your 8-hour-a-day experience is textual, you will be fine with a hotspot. If you experience lots of graphics or an interface like Citrix you will exceed your hotspot allotment quickly, unless you find a truly unlimited plan.
DarkSkySeeker 11/13/20 08:37am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Opinion on a campground?

Unfortunately for many, camping = drinking.
DarkSkySeeker 11/10/20 05:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Propane tank

A full tank lasts a good long time if you don't use the furnace (or generator, if you have a propane fueled generator), a number of weeks in my case. Agreed - even in the BBQ case. I've had a 5 gallon tank last a whole season, and that included running the BBQ long after the food was cooked to burn off the mess. For sure, trailer usage is more demanding, but I still find propane capacity to last more than a week. Where I've gotten into trouble is/was leaving the propane on during storage and underestimating the fridge usage while stored.
DarkSkySeeker 08/13/20 09:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Carelessness strikes again

...being of the packrat tribe I had saved a bolt from the the last time, in my bolt box... That is always a good feeling.
DarkSkySeeker 08/13/20 07:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying land for camping...

Honestly, pouring a relatively modest amount of money into your RV for increased battery capacity, inverter capacity, solar, and lots of fresh/waste water capacity is pretty attainable for most people, and then your options for boondocking are practically unlimited. Agreed. After looking at parcels, this is pretty much what I came up with.
DarkSkySeeker 08/13/20 07:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Buying land for camping...

This was a dream of mine for years. I investigated several properties. I wanted mimmick my friend's set up on 40 acres nearby. Ultimately it turned out to be a trade off between the following: cost, location variety, effort to add amenities. At I've gotten older the effort to set up water, power, etc overcame my interest.
DarkSkySeeker 08/12/20 08:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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