Satellite Broadband – go for launch

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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.


5 thoughts on “Satellite Broadband – go for launch

  • 30th December 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Good evening

    I just read your comments about Kasat, I installed KASAT in my house this week end, internet runs very well, unfortunatelly I cannot access in my server from outside , I have a dyndns but system does not run, previously with ADSL connection the systema was OK
    You wrote you have also dyndns and you are very happy with this, could you please tell me how you have connected the Kasat router with your internal router

    Thank you very much for your help



    • 4th February 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Didier,

      I think it depends on who provides the cable modem and which router you have. My modem is through Avonline, and the ports are locked down, but my router is a Netgear DSL which allows me to set up a dyndns address – and it works well.

      Modem > router by ethernet > router with dyndns enabled and account set up

      The VOIP phone goes straight into the router by ethernet. It needs the ocasional reboot, but over all works well.

      I’m sorry I can’t be of more help!

      Good luck

  • 16th June 2014 at 9:13 am


    Did you install this or did Avonline ?

    Because the two extra arms to the bracket are missing
    this puts a lot of strain on the bolts holding the bracket upright and in bad weather the dish might fall downwards

    • 17th June 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks! Well spotted 😉 I installed it myself, and added the arms later. It stood up well this winter.

  • 18th June 2014 at 5:13 am

    That’s great.

    Regards Roy
    Sales manager Costa Blanca
    Avonline PLC


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