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Iridium Direct Internet Data

Computer + Iridium satellite phone = Internet.

Connect directly to the Internet without an independent Internet Service Provider (ISP) and also increase the speed of email, web and FTP applications over the Iridium network.

Direct Internet Data Service provides connectivity from a PC, through your Iridium satellite phone, directly to the Internet through dedicated servers at the Iridium gateway. Although the satellite channel rate is still 2.4 Kbps, this service utilizes transparent compression, resulting in rates up to 10 Kbps.

To use Direct Internet Data Service, you must connect a PC to your data-capable Iridium satellite phone, and install the modem driver on your computer. Then you'll be able to use standard software applications like Microsoft Dial-Up Networking or Direct Internet 2.0 software to access the Internet.

What you'll need to get started

Using an Iridium 9505 or Iridium 9505A satellite phone:

Using an Iridium 9555 satellite phone:

  • Just plug and play, a mini USB cable for data connectivity is already included.

How it Works

The Iridium satellite phone appears as an external modem to your PC. By starting a connection through your standard software application or the Direct Internet software, your phone will dial and initiate a connection with the Iridium gateway through the Iridium satellite constellation. This connection setup is similar to how a voice call is established, except a data connection is requested and the switch will route the call to the Direct Internet server. Once connected to the Direct Internet server you'll be online.

As you are connected to the Internet, Iridium recommends the use of anti-virus, anti-spyware and other Internet security tools.

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