I now live here:
Tiree is an awesome island, but it has one major drawback – the internet connection is shocking. 0.5 – 2 mb/s max. And that’s on a good day, using either ADSL or local community broadband, who buy bandwidth from BT and then beam it across the island via satellite relay dishes.
I work in IT. I send large files. I video conference. And, living by myself some miles off-shore, I wanted a good connection.
I took a deep breath and ordered Satellite Broadband. Avonline Broadband were the resellers, and Tooway is the hardware provider. The satellite is KaSat (a mere 22,000 miles away).
Set up costs were less than expected, and the monthly package on offer (large) gives me 20gb per month, and unlimited use 11pm to 7am for £35pm.
I kept the costs down by doing a DIY install, total cost was £200. The package arrived within 10 days. It took me a couple of hours to put the gubbins together, and I enlisted the help of some local guys to help me drill through stone walls. Once the dish was up, the instructions made it incredibly easy to find and lock onto the satellite, although I had to phone a friend to access the website which gave me co-ordinates and beam information. Hard to access a website or app when you have no internet or 3G… That aside, it all went very smoothly. Bearing in mind that it was 7pm before I was ready to call Avonline for my activation code, I figured it would be Saturday before I got hold of anyone. Not at all. 10 minutes after I had left a message, I got a call telling me my code. Great service.
Again, I kept costs down by buying an end of line DSL router on Amazon (£13.90 reduced from £60).
The modem worked liked a charm, the router played ball and by 9pm I was online pulling speeds of 18mb/s.
Max speed so far has been 30mb/s late yesterday evening. And that was through a second access point in another part of the house. For that I used a muckle long ethernet cable and a free ADSL router from a friend who no longer needed it.
DynDNS is working perfectly too. So far so good. We’ll see how it manages when the bad weather rides in, but for now, I’m happy. A 120 year old house is finally connected.