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Help: Internet alternative to satellite?

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  1. kmp77

    kmp77 Active Member

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    So my parents are renting a house after theirs burned down out in Bastrop. The new house can't get DSL or Cable. The house had dish network for internet but it is SLOOOOOW (they had time warner cable at the old house). They upgraded to the $100 plan at Dish but that's still only like 1mbit speed with huge latency. The internet there reallllllly sucks. Dish even had the balls to complain to my parents for using too much bandwidth (netflix). Pages barely load and ythey want to gripe about using bandwidth??????????

    So...does anyone know of or have any experience with other forms of internet connections? There has to be something better than dish (hughes).
  2. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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  3. kmp77

    kmp77 Active Member

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    I don't know anything about clear. Checking it out now.
  4. gmoney112

    gmoney112 Well-Known Member

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    Try Clear. It's probably your best option out there.

    And is Bastrop the town with the smiley face on the water tower?
  5. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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  6. kmp77

    kmp77 Active Member

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    Maybe...there are several towers I've seen with smiley faces. Not sure if that's just a Bastrop thing or not.
  7. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    I am currently using Clear Wireless. Clear is one of the best isp's I have ever had. Signed a two year contract, purchased the modem outright for $20.00, got the second month free. Going on seven months and have had no problems.

    I would recommend Clear.com. :)
  8. kmp77

    kmp77 Active Member

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    What's your download speed at speedtest.net?
  9. jubal

    jubal Active Member

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    Laptop or PC? Bought A MiFi at Best Buy. Lets me have access on the go,carry it in your pocket.
    Go to a AT&T store and ask them what they can do for you and for how much.
    I feel for your folks.Been there and done that.13 years worth. Finally sold out and moved to Weatherford. People ask why there? I just say,for Braums ice cream to keep it simple.
  10. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    Speedtest and Pingtest graded my connection at a B.

    Ran the speed test a few times. The best I got was; 9.65mbps download, 1.42mbps upload and it pinged at 114. The national average grade was a C, and the global average was a B.
  11. kmp77

    kmp77 Active Member

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    That's not bad. I wonder if the trees around the house will hurt it.
  12. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    Good question. When I signed up with Clear, they gave me a 30 day cancellation period with no penalty. It is 15 days now. You wouldn't lose anything in checking it out.
  13. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    Look for a wireless type company like clear. My parents live in the sticks and they had a company in their area come in and set up they got a major boost over satellite when they migrated.

    It can be a chain or a local/regional company

    Something like this
    http://internet.clear.com/?gclid=CNCv3e31yK0CFcOP7Qodawjofw
  14. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    I've used the verizon 4g MiFi and that's pretty good. Only like $50 a year.

    Never checked the speed, and only used it for browsing, but was reliable and seemed quick.
  15. jubal

    jubal Active Member

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    I will have to check this out. I am in for $35.00 a month with AT&T,That was so much cheaper than Dish Sat. I jumped on it.
    :eek:
  16. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Well...the thing you put in the USB to receive internet is like 50, and it's a $100 2-year contract if I recall. Still worth it if that's the deal you can get.

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