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TweakTown's Guide to Taking Your Tech on the Road - TweakTown's Guide to Taking Your Tech on the Road - Cont.

So what do you do when you want to "get away", but really, really want to make sure you are still connected? - We'll show you in this how-to today.

| Guides | Posted: Oct 15, 2009 4:28 am

TweakTown's Guide to Taking Your Tech on the Road - Continued

 

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If you chose the battery route then how do you keep that charged? This is where the sun comes in. Now, most gadget geeks do not like the sun. After all, spending most of our time inside with the blinds drawn tends to make us much more sensitive to the bright ball of exploding hydrogen that hangs in the sky. Still, we can use it to our advantage here.

 

One of the most popular solar charges is the Solio. Unfortunately this is not going to be enough to power our laptop. It is great for keeping the lights running on our iPhone and Zune HD, but for the laptop we need a little more juice. For this we really recommend that you take a look at Amstron or Brunton.

 

From Brunton we find that the Solaris 26 is a great option for portability and power. The price is a little high at $620.00. From Amstron we find that the ASP-1020Watt charger is a little more reasonable at $314.00.

 

So, we have our power, but how do we stay connected? There are spots around the world that you just cannot get a cell signal (like my mother-in-law's house). What do you do then? I mean, how can you hit your favorite MMORPG server without that vital link? Well, there is an answer to that. This is Satellite Internet. I am not talking about popping up a huge disk in the middle of the woods, but rather using a small device that allows you to send your information by bouncing it off of satellites in space.

 

One of the leading companies in this area is Inmarsat. Their BGan line of portable Satellite modems will not give you great gaming pings, but they can keep you connected at around 492k. This is not bad if you are just looking to keep track of e-mail, twitter, or need to access your office from out in the boonies. Now, I will be clear here, you are really not going to be able to run an online game over this connection. The data rate is not good enough (and you would get slaughtered very quickly), but you can still stay connected.

 

The Inmarsat Wideye SABRE 1 is the best all-around deal in terms of device pricing and weight. Yes, a used one will still run you about $1,000, but that beats out the next best price by almost ½. Where you are going to pay is in air time. Air time will vary depending on your location and the company that you are getting it from, but as an idea one provider is charging $5,500 for a Gigabyte of data per month. This does not cover any streaming data, the Quality of Service that gets you streaming cast extra and varies according to the minimum speed desired. The prices range from $2.99 per minute for 32Kbps to $19.95 for 384Kbps. This does make this option a little...umm, unavailable to the average hiker or camper. But it is still there as an option.

 

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So, we see that with a little effort (and a ton of cash) you can really bring all of your tech on the road with you, even if you are miles away from the nearest power source or cell tower.

 

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