Satellite Wi-Fi Antennae for the Seriously Addicted
There are many reasons for wanting or needing Internet access in very remote areas. Maybe you're conducting important research. Maybe you're part of a medical or rescue team. Whether your reason is noble or you've simply hit rock-bottom trying to access new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" in the middle of the rainforest, the technology exists to access the Internet even in the world's wildest regions.
Internet addicts who plan to camp in the most remote parts of the world will need to step up to satellite technology. Satellite Internet service isn't cheap. This type of service is popular on ships, on transcontinental vehicles and for use by first responders. One popular satellite Internet provider, Ground Control, advertises portable models starting around $1,650 and ranging up to $13,000+ [source: Groundcontrol]. The hardware is only part of the picture, however. You'll also need to pay for the data you download.
Even if you invest in one of these systems, you will still need a way to power the device. We look at alternative ways to charge your Internet devices in our final section.