#1 Posted on 22.6.04 0538.05 Reposted on: 22.6.11 0539.36
Does anybody here have thier ISP through a satalite company? I recently moved out into the country and have no cable available. I have Direct TV and dial up now. Dial up is painfully slow, and I was looking into the Satalite Internet through DirecTV. It is a bit pricey, where you have to either buy the equipment for 600 bucks and pay about 60 a month for service, or rent the equpiment and pay about 100 a month for service. I was wondering if it is: a. reliable b. fast as cable/dsl c. worth the money
Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks wieners!
#6 Posted on 22.6.04 1533.08 Reposted on: 22.6.11 1533.16
Satellite Internet is asymmetrical, as pointed out, because residential satellite dishes don't send anything, they just receive it. That said, for many people's use, this doesn't make much difference at all, as the amount of data sent isn't even close to the amount of data received.
I do hope, however, that you're not looking to play games on it. If dial-up outgoing wasn't bad enough, satellite connections have major latency issues on the downstream: the frame size is quite large and the satellite will wait as long as it possibly can to fill a frame before it takes the trouble to send it. If that sounds really technical, think of someone selling you water who's got a HUGE bucket. If you want fast service, you want him to bring the bucket as often as possible. But if it's expensive for him to bring the bucket, he'll wants to wait until it's full every time before he brings it to you.
I know a couple of people who've got satellite internet. Every one of them will switch to something else as soon as they possibly can. I know two others who couldn't take it and switched back to dialup.
And USD$60/mo. for 128K/s down is highway robbery, no matter where you are.