remote office feasible?
I'm considering moving to St John in the next year or so. I'm currently employed by a distance learning company and hope to keep my position. I do most of my work "virtually" so the use of the phone and high speed internet are the most critical needs in my business. The bulk of my territory includes the southeast region of the US and some of the Pacific NW. What type of communication challenges could I expect encounter?
the only challenge that comes to mind based on what you described, would be where you decide to live. There are some places on STJ that may not have access to internet. I get 186 kbps download from Miami and 36 kbps upload. Using a wireless connection to St Thomas. This particular one is line of sight only. I am not really up to speed on what is available here for internet. Hopefully others will post.
If you will fly out much, that could be a pain. Traveling from STJ to the airport on STT would get old very quick. You would probably need to allow about 2 hours car travel time to get to the airport. Could be done in less time, depending on time of day. early morning flights are hard to catch from STJ.
We are on St Thomas and use broadband / remote desk top for office communication. works fine for us!
for internet, you may need to get satellite. it runs at about T1 speed, which is decent. for phone, just use a cell phone so that you have unlimited long distance. the other thing is power outages. i would get yourself a good backup UPS for the computer+router+satellite setup. and you're set. the only drawback i can think of is that come winter, it's 5pm in Oregon and it's 9pm on St. John. getting work calls at 9pm sounds like a drag. 🙂 🙂 🙂
I run my stateside office from St. Croix via internet, go to my pc and cell phone. We have back up power for our computers and a generator for our home. We lose internet connection occasionally but not often. Our connection speed is fine.