Welcome to DatastormUsers.com. This site is run by and for users of the Motosat Datastorm, and anyone else interested in mobile satellite internet service. The Datastorm is an automatic-pointing mount and dish for use with the Hughes Direcway service, allowing internet access wherever you may travel in a motor vehicle. Use the tabs above to enter our discussion forum, read the Frequently Asked Questions, find a dealer, or contact information for the manufacturer and ISPs that service the Datastorm.
Our discussion groups are open for guest reading, but require registration (free) in order to post replies or new messages. Many of our members have been using the Datastorm for more than 2 years. Others are experienced installers. Most questions you might have if you are thinking about buying a Datastorm, or with operation of a Datastorm you already own, will get a rapid response here.
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The Interactive Datastorm Users Location Map
One of the fun things we have here is an interactive user location map. Since many of our members are mobile, with internet access and know their GPS locations, they are able to plot their positions for us as they move around. You can read more about it here, or click the map at right to see the full map.
Latest Mobile Internet News:
June 24, 2004
Reuters says the number of bidders for Direcway is down to 3, Spectrum Equity Investors, Texas Pacific Group, and ViaSat Inc.
May 28, 2004
The Wall Street Journal reports that DirecTV will convert Spaceway from internet to HDTV broadcast. Head of DirecTV issues a statement saying the report "contained or implied a number of inaccurate statements". More in the forums here.
March 19, 2004
Motosat has announced a $500 increase in MSRP for the Datastorm, to $4495, effective April 1. See Motosat's announcement.
March 1, 2004
Version 126.96.36.199 of the Datastorm software has been released and can be downloaded from Motosat Downloads. This is a release that works around problems when Hughes reports "Can't Start Test (0)" errors. If you have experienced this error, which can make it take forever to get online, you will want this software revision. Discussion can be found in this forum thread.
February 1, 2004
Version 188.8.131.52 of the Hughes BE software has been released and can be downloaded from Ground Control Downloads. A lengthy discussion of this release is in our forums here.
December 30, 2003
Version 184.108.40.206 of the Datastorm software has been released and can be downloaded from Motosat Downloads. So far, there is no information on what changes there may be in this version.
November 21, 2003
Ground Control has announced a Simple Touch NAP that combines a ruggedized computer with the Datastorm controller and Direcway modems, for simple operation and networking. See the Ground Control site for details.
October 15, 2003
Version 220.127.116.11 of the Datastorm software has been released and can be downloaded from Motosat Downloads. This release incorporates features for the F3 1.2 meter dish and some fixes; the list may be found in a message in this forum thread.
October 1, 2003
Motosat announces The Rugged NAP, an Outdoor Network Access Point, designed for use with the DataStorm. This all weather one-button Network Access Point allows a Datastorm to connect multiple computers in extremely harsh environments. More info here.
September 9, 2003
Motosat has begun public testing of the new F3 1.2 meter dish. See more information here.
August 12, 2003
The suggested retail price for a Datastorm has been reduced to $3995, with typical install at $1000. See the Press Release here.
July 21, 2003
Version 18.104.22.168 of the Datastorm software has been released and can be downloaded from Motosat Downloads. This is the first non-beta 2.x release. It has a 30-day free-use period during which it must be registered. In the future there may be fees for multi-user versions (called "Pro"), but current Datastorm users are all eligible for free registration of the Pro version. Single-user copies will remain free for all (with registration).
July 11, 2003
Hughes releases service pack C for the 22.214.171.124 software. download from mydirecway.com.
June 23, 2003
Ground Control announces new referral program for existing GC customers. See details here.
June 19, 2003
Jim Pendleton to retire as Motosat CEO, replaced by Mark Wright. See the press release here.
June 12, 2003
Version 126.96.36.199 of the Datastorm software has been released and can be downloaded from Motosat Downloads. There is no indication that anything of substance has changed from 188.8.131.52, and it appears this release is simply to extend the expiration date for the beta by another 60 days.
June 9, 2003
Motosat has issued a document detailing problems caused by inadequate power to the controller. See this PDF file for details.
June 9, 2003
Ground Control announces availability of their IG-VoIP telephone service. See the Ground Control website for details.
May 21, 2003
Rally dates changed by one day. The Datastorm Rally dates have changed from November 6-9 to November 5-8, 2003.
May 21, 2003
Motosat set to introduce new 1.2 meter antenna, providing signal levels good enough for most of Canada and the southern half of Alaska. See the Ground Control website.
May 21, 2003
Motosat responds to Optistreams press release, says "DataStorm is in full compliance." See the Motosat press release.
May 20, 2003
Optistreams stops selling Datastorm, says "not in FCC Compliance." See the Optistreams press release.
May 2, 2003
This site opened.