On Monday, November 10, 2003, Ben Parker wrote: > The other major challenge we face in two remote telecentres > UNICEF supports in southern Sudan (at least two days from the nearest > telephone) is the generators. These need lots of fuel and oil and are > prone to breakdown. Regular desktops are much too greedy for solar > power as far as I understand, but I would be interested if anyone can > share experiences on solar-powered VSAT?
How much power does a VSAT use? Seems like it must be a lot. Desktops are definitely not a good idea with solar, but laptops would do fine with a solar power system, since they generally use less than 10 Watts. Whereas a desktop PC with a monitor draws maybe 100 Watts. Instead of using VSAT for backhaul, consider using Wi-Fi for backhaul connection to the internet. WiFi equipment has very light power requirements -- solar is defintely used to power Wi-Fi installations in remote locations. simon -- www.simonwoodside.com :: www.openict.net :: www.semacode.org 99% Devil, 1% Angel ------------ This DOT-COM Discussion is funded by the dot-ORG USAID Cooperative Agreement, and hosted by GKD. http://www.dot-com-alliance.org provides more information. To post a message, send it to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. In the 1st line of the message type: subscribe gkd OR type: unsubscribe gkd For the GKD database, with past messages: http://www.GKDknowledge.org