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NorthNJwx:

--- Quote from: Slow Modem on April 10, 2012, 11:16:17 PM ---Keep us posted! 

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I managed to get down there on Friday to fix things up (just been busy and couldn't get back to the thread until today!).

It looked like there was a power failure or issue of some sort, because the netbook was in some kind of extreme-hibernating mode when I got there, and was just starting to charge (was plugged in the whole time) with 22% battery life. Once I got back into Windows from the weird hibernation mode, I found that VirtualVP, WxSolution, and Cumulus were all running - but that they weren't doing anything, and my records had cut off at 7:20 pm last Tuesday (when my uploads to WU and PWS stopped). I restarted the programs, made sure the netbook was charging, and everything was working fine again in no time. The DataJack 3G internet device was on, but didn't seem to be transmitting - so I restarted it.

I'm hoping that whatever happened was an isolated incident. The house was opened for the season last week, and maybe some weird things happened - power could've been turned off for a time, etc. Either way, all has been working well since Friday!

NorthNJwx:
Don't usually like to bump threads this old, but an update on the situation:

The DataJack 3G device has been, in a couple of words, totally unreliable. The unit decides to go into hibernate mode at random intervals - sometimes it will run for a couple of weeks before going kaput, and other times it will only last for a couple of days. In order to get it connected to 3G again and allow uploads to WU/PWS/CWOP, I have to physically reset the device - and often I can't go down to do that for weeks at a time. I've been through it all with DataJack service, and they didn't even respond to my last email because they've exhausted their options. The thing is no good for 24/7 usage.

So I'm looking now for something - anything - that will be reliable. Something that will only go down in the event of an extended power outage. The area is serviced by Comcast, and the house already has a TV package, so maybe I will just buy their internet service with it and get a modem and router. I see no real reason as to why that wouldn't be reliable; my internet connection at home certainly doesn't have any problems and just keeps on ticking until the power goes out (which is quite rare). Do you guys think this is the best option? I'm not sure what the cost will be, but probably $30-$40/month. Not cheap, but worth it (and I will make up a good chunk of that by not having to make as many trips down). Any other options I should consider before going that route?

SlowModem:
I would say go for the cable.  They probably have several packages.  The cheapest with internet would be the way to go ( unless you're going to be there and watching HBO and stuff).

Good luck!  :)

NorthNJwx:

--- Quote from: Slow Modem on October 12, 2012, 11:14:30 AM ---I would say go for the cable.  They probably have several packages.  The cheapest with internet would be the way to go ( unless you're going to be there and watching HBO and stuff).

Good luck!  :)

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Thank you, and I think you're right. It should be the most reliable option.

I checked out the Comcast rates, and it looks to be around $50/month for the cheapest option. Might be able to get a better deal for the first 6 months or something, but I'm more concerned with the long-term rate. It's way steep compared to what the DataJack service costs ($10/month), but unless the DataJack unit could consistently stay online for at least a month at a time (and it never has), it's just not worth it. Not guaranteed I will do it yet, but I factor in the amount of money I'd save by not having to take the 250-mile roundtrip every month. Of course, the WiFi will have to be as reliable as what I have at home; anything short and it wouldn't be worth the cost.

SlowModem:

--- Quote from: NorthNJwx on October 13, 2012, 10:36:49 PM ---I checked out the Comcast rates, and it looks to be around $50/month for the cheapest option. Might be able to get a better deal for the first 6 months or something, but I'm more concerned with the long-term rate. It's way steep compared to what the DataJack service costs ($10/month), but unless the DataJack unit could consistently stay online for at least a month at a time (and it never has), it's just not worth it.
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Verizon wireless and Hughesnet are both around $59/month with much slower service and limited bandwidth.  So you'll do well at $50.

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