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Problems using satellite data port with WeatherTrack
I have been using weathertrack with ordinary wifi regularly for months, but am now going more remote and need to access weather away from traditional wifi. I have set up a wifi hotspot using a redport optimiser and my iridium 9575 satellite phone but I keep getting the message "getting grib files" followed by "timed out". Is it possible to connect to weather track using this system. If not any other suggestions would be appreciated.
Generally WeatherTrack should work fine for this kind of set up. The timed out could mean that the IP address or port number that WeatherTrack uses is blocked in your firewall. If the progress bar never appears, this might be the case.
Does the download start at all? If the time out happens while the download is already in progress, the download may be too large to be retrieved easily while the Iridium satellite(s) are in reach. In the top left corner of the map selection screen (the blue and yellow map) the estimated file size is shown, for Iridium downloads you should limit yourself to rather small downloads. A few things where you can do save download size:
* Do not request too many days (e.g. 3 instead of 8).
* Do only request layers you really need.
* Check if you can use a larger forecast interval, e.g. every 6 hours instead of every 3.
* Reduce the grid resolution, for example use a 1 deg resolution instead of 0.5.
If you have further questions, especially firewall issues, please contact email@example.com for further assistance.
October 13th, 2012 10:47p.m.
You are right. The Redport Optimizer firewall is blocking all traffic except email by default. You have to enable http port 80 and https port 443 for outgoing traffic.
November 15th, 2012 2:16p.m.