We completed the physical set up of PC systems. Snapping components into our generic computer cabinet was quick and easy. Loading Windows 10 created a "missing file" error message which was a PITA. We spent 4-5 hours googling the error message and trying to resolve the problem on board. When we got sick of this, we pulled it out and took it to a local computer repair shop. It turned out that the stick provided by Microsoft was bad so we were never going to solve the problem on board. This twist of fate turned out to be a benefit when the computer shop quickly loaded all our software which would have taken days on board through our cellular connection.
The homemade computer is lightning fast and the display is gorgeous. We are very happy with our selections so far.
In choosing an internet connection, we borrowed heavily from Panbo's recent articles before purchasing a Netgear LB-1120 4G cellular modem ($88), and MIMO antenna ($27). When combined with our Shakespeare cellular amplifier (more to come on this), cellular coverage is excellent.
The bridge between our computer and internet sources is a Ubiquiti Edge Router ($184 ). This is a "managed" router and switch that decides how to move data across our internal network. This unit can be configured to choose between two internet sources. In our case, the unit will use a WIFI connection if possible. Should no reliable WIFI be available the unit will make use of the signal from the Netgear cellular modem. Setup for the Ubiquiti unit is a challenge. Fortunately, this only has to be done once. I used Ubiquiti products on a previous project and was so impressed that I invested in the stock. Go Ubiquiti Networks Inc.,NASDAQ: UBNT
There are several good PC based navigation packages. We selected Coastal Explorer from Rose Point ($379 for download version). Rose Point is a Washington State company started by one of the founders of Microsoft