close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Satellite internet service

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Satch, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. Satch

    Satch "Dang"

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2000
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Indiana
    I might be moving to the country and wondered if anyone here gets their internet service via satellite. I'd like to hear some comments from users if possible. Cheers.
     
  2. paulk003

    paulk003

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2001
    Messages:
    112
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    durham, nc
    I did a little research into the subject about 2 years ago. The cost was very high and the download and upload speeds were not on par with cable. Maybe just a little better than a slow dsl connection. If your into online gaming this is not the way to go.
     

  3. Garweh

    Garweh CLM

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2002
    Messages:
    352
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Upstate New York
    We have had StarBand for 3+ years now. Too far from switch for DSL, never see cable out where we live. Upload speeds about 50Kbps, download speeds currently 150Kbps, waiting to switch to different satellite (GE4 to AMC6). Should see speeds near 500Kbps. Only goes out during heavy rain. Competitors are Direcway and WildBlue. If you go this route, you want all software on the modem and none on the computer-->difficult to network
     
  4. prism

    prism more ammo

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2002
    Messages:
    1,462
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    Indiana
  5. grantglock

    grantglock /dev/null

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2004
    Messages:
    219
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Iowa
    I'm a certified WildBlue installer, I have the service. It works as advertised and the prices are clearly labeled on the website. It's got a bit of a lag time on initital page requests but that will be true of any satellite internet of this kind. Can't change the speed of light. Any specific of techincal questions about the service and i will be happy to answer them.

    Call your local rural telephone or electric company, they have the deals on WildBlue (NRTC member)

    edited to fix spelling errors.
     
  6. Nyper

    Nyper

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2004
    Messages:
    351
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Lebanon TN
    For normal use of browsing web sites, checking email, etc... most major providers will be fine. For uses such as gaming where latency is critical, you don't want it.