VSAT installation for Rural Outposts

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Papua New Guinea’s rugged geography offers major challenges for rural outpost communications. Smart Mobile Solutions is a Madang Based business that is active on installing VSAT communication and wireless internet in its efforts to bring services to rural areas.

Enhancing public safety and convenience with innovative wireless technology Smart Mobile Solutions provides: Portable VSAT, GPS devices, radios and wireless solutions for internet access in the home, business, transport, maritime and rugged remote locations.

Smart Mobile Solutions take a community approach to using available technology and provide a specialized, reliable, high quality and affordable Solution for you.

Smart Mobile Solutions is the preferred choice for small to medium business but also providing solutions to large organizations, schools, churches and individuals looking for ways to connect better with the people that matter most.

For enquiries:

Contact +675 72248280 or email sales@sms511.com

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Installing VSAT

 

TRL No.

0710-24

 

Name

Department

Date / Time

John Konie

MIS

20/10/07  9:00am

 

 

 

Job Description:

Assist Telikom Technicians to Install ViaSat Satellite broadband Dish

Equipment Description:

VSAT Antenna/mount/LNB

LinkStar®  RCST

 

Materials:  Conduit, Coax cables, Insulation tapes and cable ties.

Diagnosis:

Located satellite 270◦ West. With compass and GPS.

270 Degrees West
270 Degrees West

 

 

Checked site and location where dish would be mounted. Access by forklift up to roof of weighing bay, then climb standing ladder to Cold Storage Roof top. Coax cable to be dropped 90◦ downwards and through a drilled hole 25mm.

Fault:

NIL (New Installation)

Remedy / Recommendations:

-Used 2.5M x 65mm galvanized pipe to hold dish and mounted into stand.

– Configured RCST IP, calculating default IP.

-Installed VSAT antenna on top of RDEX Cold Storage building facing 270◦ West.

Located satellite and locked in with spectrum analyzer.

 

Confirmed IP address and Gateway with Telekom VSAT HUB.

-ISP Daltron disconnected and connected onto Telekom VSAT.  Speed 10.0Mbps

-Confirmed with Telecom Technicians that 10Mbps was good speed using speed test for download and upload.

Date / Time Accomplished:

22/10/07 3.00pm.

 

Relocating roof mounted VSAT to ground mounting at Vidar Plant Madang
Relocating roof mounted VSAT to ground mounting at Vidar Plant Madang

TRL No.

0802-3

 

Name

Department

Date / Time

John Konie

MIS

15/02/08 14:00hrs

 

 

 

Job Description:

2nd VSAT Installation.

Equipment Description:

1.8m Satellite Dish.

Diagnosis:

Removed 1.2m Satellite Dish from Roof top that was loosing signal due to shaky movement during strong windy periods also when birds perch on dish and feed horn arrangement. 

Fault:

Unsteady bracing and need larger dish.

Remedy / Recommendations:

Installed 1.8m Dish Ground post mounted.

Locked onto Satalite NSS-6 at 270° W Signal Strength at 17 bars. On Spectrum analyzer.

 

Date / Time Accomplished:

16/02/08 2200hrs.

 

 

It took two fork lifts and muscle to manuvour this dish onto its bracket
It took two fork lifts and muscle to manuvour this dish onto its bracket

It was hot and sunny and the saftey specs had been crushed under the forklift that was elevating me onto the roof. 

Removing the 1.2m dish from the roof top was a breeze.  However, it took a little longer and two forlifts to maneuver the 1.8m antenna on the pole bracket.  After the feed horn, LNB arrangement was attached, Russel took out his “Specam” (Nick name for Spectrum Analyser). 

The TX and RX were connected to the Linkstar RCST (Return Channel Satalite Terminal) unit or IDU (In Door Unit) as some would put it and then all of sudden time froze as we tried to lock onto the satalite.  Eyes glancing at the specam, the sound of metal clattering as the shifter on the nut turned to adjust the azimuth.

Tilting it, swirling it right and left as the dish boomed out its microwave at 17 bars on the Specam. Satalite locked. Let’s go inside.

Pulling the coax cables into the control center
Pulling coax cable for TX and RX into control center

 

 

 

Configurations were already set during the first roof installtion so that didn’t take long either.    Just a phone call to the Telikom Hub and confirmed that the IP address and gateway was sited. 

Linksys SR2024 connecting internet to other users
Linksys SR2024 connecting internet to other users

 Conducted a speed test at www.speedtest.net    Thanks to Telekom PNG’s new ViaSat system,  I can listen to live internet radio and download and upload at a faster speed.