Bentley Walker Satellite Internet News & Information Bentley Walker Satellite Internet News & Information Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:10:17 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 1.12.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://www.bentley-walker.com/ Announcing our New Freedomsat Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website. The website is designed to not only look better but to work harder for customers and partners alike. We have built a comprehensive, informative resource with you i]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/107 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/107

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website. The website is designed to not only look better but to work harder for customers and partners alike. We have built a comprehensive, informative resource with you in mind and we will continue to expand the site.

As well as an improved buying experience, here are just some of the improvements:

  • Working Smarter - We will be regularly uploading content related to the technologies that best complement your needs.
  • Working Efficiently - The new site will host all of the resources you need to ensure you make use of the best advice.
  • Working For You - We want to hear about your successes and challenges so that we can generate the country specific case studies that apply to you.

Take a tour around the website and provide feedback regarding what you like, what you don’t like, and what you would like to see.

 

Visit Freedomsat

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IPBoost value added service in Libya We are pleased to announce the successful implementation of our new IPBoost Service for our Hughes and IDirect networks available in Libya.
 
The Bentley Walker IP Boost greatly improves network performance, with pro]]> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/106 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/106 We are pleased to announce the successful implementation of our new IPBoost Service for our Hughes and IDirect networks available in Libya.
 
The Bentley Walker IP Boost greatly improves network performance, with proven increases in both the download & upload speeds as well as providing an enhanced browsing experience.
 
The software is freely available* for any Hughes and IDirect systems running on Freedom 15 upwards. The software requires installation on each device running on the system. Please raise a ticket to be provided with the download link. 
 
*Usual price $65.00 annual license, now FREE!.
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AB2 HX50 & HX90 now available in South America Bentley Walker are continuing to launch new services, products and offers to all customers across the South America Continent.
 
Bentley Walker's existing coverage of South America covers virtually the entirety of th]]> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/105 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/105 Bentley Walker are continuing to launch new services, products and offers to all customers across the South America Continent.
 
Bentley Walker's existing coverage of South America covers virtually the entirety of the continent, with Eutelsat's AB1 and Telstar 12. Today, we are delighted to announce the launch of a new Hughes HX50 / HX90 NOC on Eutelsat's AB2 satellite, this offers a very high signal strength coverage of the far northern areas previously not covered, including the entirety of Brazil!
 
The new AB2 service will allow us to revolutionize KU-Band services across South America.  
 
We feel that due to the atmospheric conditions in some parts of South America, the KU-Band service will be more preferable to any KA-band network due to its higher resilience to bad weather.... so we are happy to announce that we can offer KA-Band pricing and KA-Band speeds for this KU-Band network!  
 
For more information, please contact us today.
 
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New Freedomsat Website Launched Last week we launched our brand new Freedomsat website, to serve our service of the same name, providing satellite broadband to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Zimbabwe.

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/103 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/103 Last week we launched our brand new Freedomsat website, to serve our service of the same name, providing satellite broadband to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Zimbabwe.

Freedomsat allows users to get online utilising Avanti’s HYLAS 2 satellite, which was launched in August last year.

The service runs with the Hughes HN9200, Hughes HX90 or iDirect Evolution X1 hardware dependant on package and location.

Freedomsat can provide speeds of up to 6Mb per second and can get you online no matter where you are in the country.

But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what some of our customers had to say:

“Freedomsat’s speed is so good I am adding a VoIP phone to my tent area!” - Donald Snavely on his Satellite internet service whilst stationed in Iraq.

“The best thing about Freedomsat is the ability to talk clearly with family at home.  The first time I got to talk to my daughter at home and be able to see her was a great day.” – Justin Kundinger from his time serving in Afghanistan.

We use Freedomsat for video chat and other forms of communication. It sucks up a lot of bandwidth but the system handles it with ease. – Jason A Smith, Libya.

Much MUCH better than my "alternate provider" which was costing me huge every month!” – JB, Zimbabwe.

If you are a resident or on duty in any of the areas Freedomsat covers, we’re more than happy to help you get online with satellite internet.

Visit freedomsat.com to find out more.

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Freedomsat for Iraq & Afghanistan offers Fastest Satellite Broadband Speeds We are]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/102 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/102 We are pleased to unveil our new Freedomsat service to Iraq and Afghanistan, the fastest satellite broadband connection available in both countries to date.

Freedomsat is a Ka-band service operating on the Hylas2 satellite, offering speeds of up to 10Mbps to military personnel and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Previously the most popular service for Afghanistan and Iraq was our Ku-Band service ran on the HX50 modem at 4Mbps. Freedomsat offers speeds over twice as fast and at a fraction of the cost.

We are honoured to have an ongoing relationship with those serving overseas, keeping military personnel and civilian contractors connected with family & friends back home, as well as helping with essential tasks like rebuilding and installing infrastructure.

 We are the first ISP in Afghanistan and Iraq to offer this new high speed service, and we are already seeing fantastic results on smaller 98cm and 74cm size dishes.

The Freedomsat package comes with a unique pin service allowing 24/7 activation and access for users. We are also happy to offer detailed web filtering should it be required.

Bentley Walker can potentially offer existing customers using a HX50, HX90 or iDirect modem a completely FREE upgrade with no equipment or shipping costs. Simply email sales@bentleywalker.com with your ESN to find out if you’re applicable. There are also deals for new customers including free hardware installation.

For more information visit our military satellite internet page. Pricing can be found in our Freedomsat brochure.

 

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Challenges of VPN Over Satellite As the cost of consumer satellite systems and bandwidth drops lower and lower Internet access becomes more wide spread and the demand for secure connections from remote worker locations to]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/101 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/101 As the cost of consumer satellite systems and bandwidth drops lower and lower Internet access becomes more wide spread and the demand for secure connections from remote worker locations to Company headquarters or branches is increasing. The high latency or round trip time (RTT) inherent in commercial communications satellite connections has historically presented a significant obstacle to efficient VPN (virtual private network) connections over satellite.

 

The Problem with VPN Over Satellite

In order for a two-way satellite service to perform properly in conjunction with traditional terrestrial networks, two-way satellite networks must employ special software to deal with the extra 23000-mile space distance of the connection. Without this software, the increased latency (the time required to traverse the space segment) means that the TCP protocol severely limits link performance.

The Internet relies on the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) to ensure packet delivery without errors. TCP works by sending a certain amount of data, then waits for the receiver to send an acknowledgment of receipt. With TCP, the sender cannot transmit more data until it has received an acknowledgment. If an acknowledgment does not arrive in a timely manner, TCP assumes the packet was lost (discarded due to a congested network) and resends it. When packets go unacknowledged, TCP also slows the send rate to reduce the perceived congestion and to minimize the need for retransmissions.

TCP/IP sessions start out sending data slowly. Speed builds as the rate of the acknowledgments verifies the network's capacity to carry more traffic. This is known as slow-start, followed by a ramp-up in speed. The speed of the connection builds until the sender detects packet loss from a lack of an acknowledgment.

Ground networks typically have round-trip latencies in the range of 35 to 100 ms. Satellite networks, due to the distance of geo-synchronous satellites above the equator, require 550 ms or more. Some satellite connections have much higher RTT. The TCP protocol interprets the additional satellite RTT as network congestion. If uncorrected, this effect causes the network to send all additional packets at the slow-start rate.

Current two-way satellite networks employ a technique referred to as TCP spoofing to compensate for the extra time required to pass through the space segment. Special software on the satellite modem appears to terminate the TCP session, so it appears to the sender as the remote location. In reality the satellite modem is acting as a forwarder between the originating PC or host and the remote site. When the modem receives Internet traffic destined for a location, it immediately acknowledges receipt of the packet to the sender so more data packets will follow quickly. This way the sender never experiences the actual higher satellite latency to the remote site because acknowledgments return to the sender at LAN speed. As a result, TCP moves out of slow-start mode quickly and builds to the highest link send speed.

IPsec VPNs not only encrypt the data portion of packets, they also encrypt the TCP packet header. Popular IPsec VPNs, therefore, defeat the modem TCP acceleration software because the modem cannot detect the TCP packet and will consequently pass the unrecognised packet over the space link as a "raw" packet. This situation requires that acknowledgments transit the space segment twice (over and back) and results in substantial performance degradation. The impact on performance increases as the latency rises.

There are many products in the market to overcome this issue. They use many techniques but a common approach is to convert the TCP packet to UDP before the packet is presented to the satellite modem. UDP packets do not require acknowledgments’ and are therefore “pushed” over the satellite link at full throughput. These solutions are generally end to end solutions with a hardware device or software at both ends of the connection that will unpack the received UDP packet and reconvert to TCP before passing onto the LAN.

A new form of VPN connection has recently appeared on the market: SSL VPNs. These new VPNs are based on the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), the protocol that safeguards the world of e-commerce; the VPNs are quickly becoming a leading option for remote access. Using HTTPS ports the application can be recognised by the TCP spoofing software and therefore spoofed to full data throughput.

 

For further details and advice concerning satellite VPN connectivity please contact our sales team on sales@bentleywalker.com detailing your requirements and we will be pleased to offer our recommendations.

 


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Bentley Walker Supply Free Tooway to Cumbria Bentley Walker are pleased to announce we have provided residents of broadband-stricken Cumbria with free Tooway satellite broadband installation and activation.

Areas of Cumbria including Duddon Valley and Branthwaite recently had their broadband services cut when funding became impossible to continue based on the small population and outweighing costs. By helping affected residents get back online ASAP for nothing more than the monthly subscription fee, we hope that normal life can continue unaffected for business owners and home users.

Most notified have already taken us up on the deal, however if you live in the affected areas and have not please get in touch and we will happily talk you through the process and have your system working as quickly as possible.

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Rural Broadband - Customer Feedback  We love hearing from our customers and how satellite internet can really solve problems for them. Here is some recent feedback from a happy Tooway customer.

 

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/99 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/99  We love hearing from our customers and how satellite internet can really solve problems for them. Here is some recent feedback from a happy Tooway customer.

 

I live in one of the "not" spots with no TV, radio, nor mobile signal (the
constabulary use satellite phones). The position is further exacerbated by
the fact that the nearest exchange is some 17 kilometres away and Broadband
but a dream - my dial up gave me 15 kbs.

I did try to get satellite Broadband several years ago with - yes , you've
guessed it with ****** A week after my cheque for 1400 GBP cleared
(installation and first month up front) the company went into liquidation.

Though Bentley Walker was around at the time it was for business purposes
only.

With my retirement as a GP in the NHS I found that I no longer had the
facilities of the surgery. Though because of the ****** scenario I was
extremely reticent to have anything to do with Satellite Broadband for
years.

Not only was I surprised that how the fees had decreased but that instead of
the glib sales spiel of ****** I actually had a person (Chris Martin) whom
was thoroughly conversant with the product, answered my many queries by
return , and has always been extremely pleasant and helpful.

In my experience I have found the true worth of a company is not so much
when things are going right but rather when problems arise. To this point
all the minor issues - have been resolved in an efficient and prompt manner
by your technical staff.

Accordingly, I simply wish to extend my sincere thanks to all those members
of the Bentley Walker team whom maintain both a efficient and professional
manner that Bentley Walker can be proud of.

With regards,

Dr W J Thomas

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Billboard advert for Tooway at London Waterloo Station Here's our billboard advert for Tooway at London Waterloo Station, which
will be up for the next month.

Whilst London is the capital of the UK and may have quality broadband
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Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/98 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/98 Here's our billboard advert for Tooway at London Waterloo Station, which
will be up for the next month.

Whilst London is the capital of the UK and may have quality broadband
connections for the most part, many commuters passing through take the train within the commuter belt to rural areas with poor or unreliable internet access.

Tooway uses Satellite Internet to ensure that you can enjoy fast, reliable internet access even in the most rural and remote of get-aways.

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Broadband Support Scheme throughout Wales is extended! Bentley Walker Ltd a worldwide  reputable satellite internet service provider is pleased to hear the successful broadband support scheme is to be extended.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/97 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/97 Bentley Walker Ltd a worldwide  reputable satellite internet service provider is pleased to hear the successful broadband support scheme is to be extended.

 

We encourage those who are eligible , having premises in Wales to apply for support with this grant up to £1,000 for the installation, set up and  required equipment  to deliver fast broadband.

 

The simple case is if you cannot receive basic broadband connectivity (2Mbps or above) and you haven't received publicly funded broadband assistance  then your very own satellite broadband system can be installed, making fast broadband available.

 

Please remember no telephone lines are required , just a clear line of sight to the sky!

 

To receive this support  simply evidence by printing a broadband speed test or  the broadband availability checker if no current connection exists and attach a quotation from  Bentley Walker Ltd.

 

 You will be pleased to see our pricing will be at a minimum cost to the Welsh Government broadband support mechanism  , this we believe will allow many more to take advantage of the funds available and receive fast broadband connection.

 

In fact through this tremendous scheme the complete satellite system , professional installed by our experienced installation partners would be completely FREE! to each successful applicant , you only pay for the chosen monthly subscription which can start from as little as £20.82/mth!

Please examine our website ; www.bentley-walker.com/tooway/ or give us a call at Bentley Walker to receive a  quotation 02392 311103.

 

You can then choose how to claim the funding by calling  03000 60 3000 or visiting www.wales.gov.uk/broadband , a form will then be sent to you.

 

Choose the payment method as part of the offer letter you receive.

Please include  your Bentley Walker satellite internet quotation with a printed speed test  or  broadband availability checker  result.

Please remember you can elect to pay Bentley Walker  yourself or elect for the Welsh Government to make this payment to us on your behalf.

 

We are confident your internet experience will be a pleasure to use and our service exceptional.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Feedback from Afghanistan One area where we have had great demand in recent years in providing satellite internet services for troops in Afghanistan.  Military personnel serving away from home rely on our connectivi]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/96 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/96 One area where we have had great demand in recent years in providing satellite internet services for troops in Afghanistan.  Military personnel serving away from home rely on our connectivity to stay in touch with home, wherever they may find themselves stationed.

It's always great to get feedback from customers, but especially so from those serving around the world. Here is some recent feedback we received from US servicemen in Afghanistan:

"The base here offers internet for $100 a month that is 128kbps / 32kbps (but never reaches half that).  

For that same price per month, a small number of us were able to purchase your Dual 4000 setup and have, what we call "the fastest internet this side of the Euphrates

I will be recommending your service to everyone I see that is tired of the service available to us; do not be surprised if you see me ordering multiple systems in the very near future!!!".  

 

- Lonny W. Koons

 

 

Stock Image (C) The U.S. Army

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Feedback from Baghdad  

In addition to providing satellite Internet services to residential and business clients all across Europe we also provide vital services to many operations across the Middle East. One of our Iraqi based clients recently shared thei]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/95 http://www.bentley-walker.com/articles/95  

In addition to providing satellite Internet services to residential and business clients all across Europe we also provide vital services to many operations across the Middle East. One of our Iraqi based clients recently shared their experience with us.

“Thanks to your system and your support we have been successful.” Northrop Grumman

Douglas T works for Northrop Grumman who provide field engineering and services to the US Military based in Iraq. They are the fourth-largest defence contractor in the world and provide a range of services to the military including the construction of aircraft carriers, missile defence systems and IT services.

Their first task in Iraq was set up operations in the Al Faw Palace in Baghdad. Getting online is essential to their operations however there was no infrastructure in place in Baghdad at the time. They ordered a Bentley Walker satellite Internet and installed it on the Al Faw Palace roof.

“We relied on your Internet service to keep our systems running. Parts were ordered, software patches down-loaded, and critical information was passed to keep a family of high-tech, complex systems running“ Douglas T, Northrop Grumman.

Bentley Walker provided all the hardware that was required for the Internet connection to be set up. Northrop Grumman have been so impressed with the service that they are taking all the hardware back to the US now that their work in Iraq has finished. They hope to be able to put it to use again soon though.

This satellite link was vital not only to keep their business running but it also provided a link with friends and families all around the world.

Northrop Grumman accredits their success in Iraq to Bentley Walker. Without a reliable, secure  and fast Internet connection Northrop Grumman would have struggled to fully serve the needs of their clients in Iraq. Also the ability to call home every day boosted the morale of all staff.

It always brings us great pleasure to hear how our satellite Internet services are helping businesses to operate in the most remote and often hostile conditions. Not only have our services provided Northrop Grumman with vital communications support in the last decade but it has meant that all those working in the field were able to stay in touch with family and friends. We look forward to working with Northrop Grumman again in the future.

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