Yes, it has been some time since we last met. I believe it was with my brother Jack more than a couple years ago at your place near Alvarado. I believe it may have even been before you had a tower up! Time flies!
My first mobile data card (still have it in a drawer) was from Air America reselling the Ricochet service. The service was tolerable (200Kbps-300Kbps) if you were stationary, but pretty much unusable while driving. I think I paid $129.00 a month or more for the service! Crazy, but I had to have it!
My second data card was Sprint’s first generation card. This service was far superior to Ricochet in coverage and service while driving was terrific. This is the card I used while driving across country during a couple vacations. Service started out at about 120Kbps-200Kbps and 350-450ms latency which was a bit worse than Ricochet. The service did begin to slow and Sprint moved the couple cards we had to their new service that we have now.
I figure $5 a year for a weather service I enjoy is a bargain. I think that works out to just over a penny a day. The site www.wunderground.com really is a great source of information and the five bucks eliminates the advertisements and enables a few additional features. You should check it out during the next storm…I’m fairly sure the experimental “Lightning” data is pulled from a client of ours that operates a number of remote sensors our network provides service to. Pretty amazing technology as they can actually predict a lightning strike (cloud to cloud, cloud to ground or ground to cloud) before it happens.
Hi Brad, we do need to meet each other one of these days since we are in the same city.
Interesting. I may have to look into this further. I had heard that the Sprint service was slow from other users. What is the best way to buy the hardware and monthly service for this? Is the Sprint website the only source?
Why do you pay for this weather stuff? Why not use one of the local TV station web sites or WeatherBug?
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Yes, Mark is correct. RDC is short (in my book anyway) for Remote Desktop Control aka Terminal Services or Citrix etc…
Yes, I subscribe to www.wunderground.com for my weather information. The $5 a year it costs is well worth the money IMO (in my opinion). <grin>
Pulling current, animated radar images over my Sprint DATA card has not given me any trouble. Speed test confirmation from www.testmy.net :
:::.. Download Stats ..:::
Download Connection is:: 654 Kbps about 0.65 Mbps (tested with 579 kB)
Download Speed is:: 80 kB/s
Tested From:: http://testmy.net/ (Server 1)
Test Time:: 2006/09/18 - 4:26pm
Bottom Line:: 11X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 12.8 sec
Tested from a 579 kB file and took 7.25 seconds to complete
Download Diagnosis:: 90% + Okay : running at 96.04 % of your hosts average (spcsdns.net)
D-Validation Link:: http://testmy.net/stats/id-814GRHMXW
I’ve seen well over 1Mbps before, but even then 654Kbps isn’t that bad. Latency typically looks like this:
Pinging 220.127.116.11 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 18.104.22.168: bytes=32 time=163ms TTL=237
Reply from 22.214.171.124: bytes=32 time=173ms TTL=237
Reply from 126.96.36.199: bytes=32 time=188ms TTL=237
Reply from 188.8.131.52: bytes=32 time=172ms TTL=237
Reply from 184.108.40.206: bytes=32 time=239ms TTL=237
Reply from 220.127.116.11: bytes=32 time=170ms TTL=237
Reply from 18.104.22.168: bytes=32 time=185ms TTL=237
Reply from 22.214.171.124: bytes=32 time=167ms TTL=237
Reply from 126.96.36.199: bytes=32 time=155ms TTL=237
Reply from 188.8.131.52: bytes=32 time=368ms TTL=237
Reply from 184.108.40.206: bytes=32 time=151ms TTL=237
Reply from 220.127.116.11: bytes=32 time=165ms TTL=237
Reply from 18.104.22.168: bytes=32 time=179ms TTL=237
Reply from 22.214.171.124: bytes=32 time=200ms TTL=237
Reply from 126.96.36.199: bytes=32 time=162ms TTL=237
Reply from 188.8.131.52: bytes=32 time=180ms TTL=237
Reply from 184.108.40.206: bytes=32 time=181ms TTL=237
Reply from 220.127.116.11: bytes=32 time=160ms TTL=237
Reply from 18.104.22.168: bytes=32 time=175ms TTL=237
Reply from 22.214.171.124: bytes=32 time=159ms TTL=237
Reply from 126.96.36.199: bytes=32 time=146ms TTL=237
Reply from 188.8.131.52: bytes=32 time=185ms TTL=237
Reply from 184.108.40.206: bytes=32 time=143ms TTL=237
Ping statistics for 220.127.116.11:
Packets: Sent = 23, Received = 23, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 143ms, Maximum = 368ms, Average = 181ms
Tracert looks like this:
Tracing route to vnsc-bak.sys.gtei.net [18.104.22.168]
over a maximum of 30 hops:
1 171 ms 157 ms 162 ms 22.214.171.124
2 * * * Request timed out.
3 191 ms 183 ms 190 ms 126.96.36.199
4 326 ms 162 ms 156 ms 188.8.131.52
5 * * * Request timed out.
6 * * * Request timed out.
7 162 ms 158 ms 164 ms 184.108.40.206
8 168 ms 153 ms 160 ms 220.127.116.11
9 194 ms 162 ms 157 ms sl-gw11-atl-0-1.sprintlink.net [18.104.22.168]
10 171 ms 161 ms 157 ms sl-bb22-atl-5-0.sprintlink.net [22.214.171.124]
11 161 ms 159 ms 188 ms sl-bb25-atl-9-0.sprintlink.net [126.96.36.199]
12 173 ms 193 ms 189 ms sl-bb22-fw-15-0.sprintlink.net [188.8.131.52]
13 186 ms 186 ms 184 ms sl-bb27-fw-12-0.sprintlink.net [184.108.40.206]
14 180 ms 183 ms 187 ms sl-st20-dal-13-0.sprintlink.net [220.127.116.11]
15 384 ms 173 ms 167 ms interconnect-eng.Dallas1.Level3.net [18.104.22.168]
16 166 ms 193 ms 206 ms so-1-2-0.bbr1.Dallas1.Level3.net [22.214.171.124]
17 180 ms 183 ms 192 ms ge-11-0.core1.Dallas1.Level3.net [126.96.36.199]
18 423 ms 224 ms 199 ms vnsc-bak.sys.gtei.net [188.8.131.52]
As with most things YMMV. (Your Mileage May Vary) <grin>
Remote Desktop Connection I would suspect…
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Two questions. What is RDC? Is the data rate for the Sprint card high enough to download color weather radar images quickly?
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