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Satellite Internet

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by heavyg, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    We are about to move into a "new" house. But it is in a rural area where DSL or cable internet is not available. Does anyone here have experience with satellite internet? How does it compare?

    Thanks in advance

    Glen
  2. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    i've heard its good for checking email and casual viewing of the internet...not much else but that was 4-5 years ago, times might have changed...might not though
  3. poke

    poke the older I get the better I was

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    i have heard it is expensive, not as fast as cable/dsl , dont really
    know if all that is true.
    you might check on an air card from your cell phone company.
    i have an alltel card and it works ok when i am traveling. not cheap but
    better than no internet.
  4. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    Can say the same thing about dial up. I would rather not have internet at home than to go back to dial up. Most web sites today would take 30 minutes to load with dial up...lol
  5. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    I have WildBlue...

    It is MUCH better than dial-up, but don't expect T1 speeds or upper end DSL...

    You can surf the net with no problems anywhere you want to go...

    WildBlue has three plans at $49, $69 and $79 a month...

    I have the $49 plan...

    If you are going to get DirecTV they will bundle WildBlue in for $39, $59 and $69...
  6. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    just read that there is a limit on how much data can go through the network, from 500 to 2 gb...so it seems its still for email and casual browsing
  7. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    You will get comparative speeds to most wifi. Though realistically with sprint I have used it vs dial up and it is pretty good. I think Sat Internet would be a little faster. Cable will slow down if you get too many people at the same time; Sat used to be that way but I understand they have enough capacity that now its pretty fast all the time. DSL is best of course.
  8. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    in IL that couldn't be farther then true. all my neighbors have cable and we all have xbox live and we never see a dip in performance (my house alone has 3 xbox 360 2 are usually up at the same time), DSL seems to lag and lose connection alot and Satalite is no where to be found
  9. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    I have had Directv for many years. I just went to thier web site to check availability of wildblue. They say it is not available in my area....However, if I check the wildblue web site it says its available. I think wildblue is the way I am going. Thanks for the info
  10. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    My kids play Wii over the internet all of the time on WildBlue...

    Satellite isn't perfect, but it isn't dial-up either...
  11. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    I'll have to ask my brother on playing the wii online, didn't know you could.

    how are ya doing trick?
  12. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Doing well for an old guy... ;)

    I've never played Wii online but the kids are always up to something on there with their friends...

    I would much rather have DSL or cable modem, but it's the price I pay for living on four acres in a country neighborhood... :D

    I just can't do dial-up again. I have a wireless cell card as well, but it isn't reliable...
  13. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    Im with you on the dial-up. I am actually suprised it is still offered. Hopefully soon DSL and Cable will be available everywhere
  14. jimmy40

    jimmy40 Well-Known Member

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    Well, hopefully you won't have any problems. We had Wildblue for two years and my Wild blue cratered a few months ago and they wanted to charge me about $75,000.00 for a service call or I could sign up for 40 more years and they would come out for free. Luckily in my rural area outside of College Station we now have a local provider (I'm sure they're everywhere now) and our signal comes from their tower instead of a satellite. I pay the same as Wild Blue $49.99 but this is twice as fast and my signal doesn't go out every time there's rain or a heavy dew. Also I have several friends that had Wild Blue and we all had problems with wireless routers hooked up to it. All of us were constantly having to reset the router. I don't know of anyone that didn't have that problem. Wildblue told us for a year they knew it was an issue and they were working to resolve it. It was never resolved that I know of.

    This is the actual testimonial I sent to my new provider that is posted on their website.


    Just wanted to say how extremely happy we are with ******* Wireless, after 2 years of horrible satellite service with a certain provider which will remain nameless but whose initials are Wild and Blue we have been thrilled with your service, absolutely no problems whatsoever. Please feel free to post this message in your testimonial page.

    Jimmy and Linette ******, Wickson Valley.

    PS: If this message keeps even one person from making the mistake of signing up with a satellite provider that person is welcome in advance.






    Even after all that Wildblue is better than dial up. Dial up should be illegal.
  15. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    If you are having Sat trouble like that then your dish is badly positioned or something else. I have never lost Sat for more then a few minutes and I had it for almost 14 years.
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    CowboyFan74 Cowboys Analyst

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  18. jimmy40

    jimmy40 Well-Known Member

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    You had Sat internet for 14 years?
  19. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Had Directv - which is pretty much the same situation. Same basic tech. A few tweaks. The longest I ever lost signal was about 5 minutes during a real bad snowstorm.

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