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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!



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Reliable??? No more then what you would normally expect. Just hope you have a good signal.

As fast??? NO. You download at 128k and you upload via dial up. Pain in the ass. Browsing and downloading, still faster then dial up.

I wouldn't waste the money....



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I thought the download was really fast, but the upload was via modem. 128k down sounds awful for $60/mo. It has got to be faster than that.



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Speaking of which, for my move that I'm making in about a month, I've never had anything up until now that wasn't dial-up, since this is the first place I'm moving to that it's accessable.

We can call this thread "Cable/DSL For Dummies and Novices" if you want, but what are the pros/cons (besides cost) of doing it?



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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.




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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Start a new thread
Or, you know, use Google.

Also look here (dslreports.com)



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