How to enable the Wideye iSavi for use with Inmarsat BGAN SIM Cards

The Wideye iSavi terminal by AddValue was originally offered with the economical IsatHub service plans but lower performance.  Now, it is compatible with all of Outfitter Satellite's Inmarsat BGAN service plans.  In addition to supporting data speeds up to 384 kbps in Inmarsat BGAN mode, it supports both 32 kbps and 64 kbps streaming IP data.   This means that at 1.94 lbs, it is now the lightest and most portable terminal available for BGAN services for users needing basic email and broadband connectivity.  Learn more here.

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Firmware Upgrade Notifications

Effective August 25, 2016, some Inmarsat terminals may need a firmware upgrade.  Read the article to find out more.

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Should you rent Iridium or BGAN?

Most people rent Iridium satellite phones for a one-time need such as a hunting or vacation trip.  A satellite phone is especially relevant if you are traveling to a remote location like Alaska where cellular communication is unavailable.  Sometimes, it can be critical to make a phone call because of a health emergency.  Usually an Iridium 9555 handset is the best choice.  First, it is exceptionally easy to use.   Also, rentals as short as 7 days are available with no airtime commitment.  Some people need a more sophisticated product that can support email or web browsing.  In this case, we recommend the EXPLORER 510 BGAN terminal.  Read more here.


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New Russian BGAN coverage

As of July 12, 2016, Inmarsat created a new MEAS region covering the Middle East and Asia.  The new coverage region is outlined in red below.   Furthermore, Russian BGAN users operating on the MEAS satellite will use the SAS in Moscow that was built by Morviazsputnik.  The new SAS will route all MEAS traffic originating or terminating in Russia.  Inmarsat BGAN and FleetBroadband terminals inside Russian territories must select the MEAS region.  Because of technical issues with the terminal implementation, Inmarsat Aero terminals operating over Russia are not required to select the MEAS region.  Read more here
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Reducing Internet Usage on Macintosh Computers

As you might expect, reducing internet usage on Inmarsat BGAN terminals is critical to controlling your budget.   In order to achieve that you need to make changes to your Mac's configuration.  So, here are some simple changes to reduce unnecessary background programs.

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Reduce Internet Usage on Windows Computers

If you are using a Windows computer with an Inmarsat BGAN or IsatHub, you should attempt to reduce internet usage that is not necessary.   This helps keep your operational cost low and increases the performance of your primarily application.  Keeping internet traffic to a minimum is not typically even a consideration for Windows users.   Most Windows machines use internet access almost continuously for background processes such as updating anti-virus definitions or applying the latest Windows or Java update.  The list of background applications is almost endless.   Now, imagine that you are using an Inmarsat BGAN Class 2 terminal to transmit email or even video conference.   The BGAN terminal provides a data speed 350- 400 kbps (typically) but up to 464 kbps (best case).  This is a relatively limited speed compared to the megabit per second speeds available from terrestrial internet providers available in a typical home or office environment.  Because the data speed is so limited on Inmarsat BGAN, it needs to be completely focused on the primary application and not shared with competing background applications such as downloading the latest Windows update.   Fortunately, simple changes to your Windows configuration can substantially reduce unnecessary internet traffic.  This blog article explains some basic steps that you can take to resolve this problem.

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Reduce Data Traffic on Android Smartphones

A recent survey of American smart phone users found that the average smart phone uses 1.8 GB of mobile data monthly.   In addition to that, the average smart phone uses between 6.8 and 8.9 GB of Wi-Fi data each month.   That means we are consuming about 20 MB during every hour that we are awake.    Wasteful data usage on your Android smartphone may not be of much concern for cellular users with unlimited data plans.   The same cannot be said of users of Inmarsat IsatHub or Inmarsat BGAN satellite terminals which pay by the megabyte for their data traffic.  Fortunately, simple changes to the configuration of your Android smart phone or tablet can reduce its data consumption dramatically.  This blog article provides some practical advice.

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Reduce Data Usage: iOS Smartphones

Do you have an unlimited cellular data plan?  Many cellular users have unlimited or practically unlimited data plans.  This explains why wasteful use of data on smartphones and tablets may not be much of a concern.   Most Inmarsat BGAN users pay by the megabyte of internet access.  For this reason, keeping data costs to a minimum is critically important for BGAN users.  Simple changes to your smartphone's configuration can reduce data usage by unnecessary background programs.  The cost savings can be dramatic.


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What is BGAN HDR?

What is BGAN HDR?

On December 3, 2013,  Inmarsat rolled out its new extremely fast High Data Rate or HDR streaming service.  HDR is supported on several Inmarsat BGAN terminals models including the EXPLORER 710.  Full-channel HDR provides a streaming data rate that is typically 650-700 kbps.  HDR immediately became a critical tool for broadcast media companies operating in frontline news situations in remote areas around the globe.  Inmarsat BGAN HDR is also useful as a back up for broadcasters relying on cellular bonding solutions.  This blog gives a high level overview of HDR.

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Compare iSavi to the EXPLORER 510

Comparison of the new Inmarsat IsatHub service with Inmarsat BGAN

The new Wideye iSavi by Addvalue is the first terminal approved for Inmarsat IsatHub service.  IsatHub is intended for consumer-grade users of satellite broadband.  It is easy to use.  The only cable is for charging.   To call, text or web surf, on your smart phone or tablet, you simply need an app.   Clearly, anyone traveling beyond the reach of conventional cellular service should consider the iSavi.  That said, Inmarsat has a much more powerful mobile broadband satellite service called Inmarsat BGAN.  We suggest that you take a little time to compare the iSavi to the EXPLORER 510.  It costs a little more but you get much higher performance.

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