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How do you connect to the internet?
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Griz    Posted 01-28-2004 at 07:53:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Having just moved to the farm and I am starting to adjust to the lack of some modern conveniences that I used to have. I have had high speed internet for several years and the thought of going back to a phone modem does not excite me. We have a local provider that places an antennae on your house and then broadcasts the signal from a local elevator. Unfortunatley, we do not have a clear shot of the elevator.

Has anyone tried satellite systems to hook up to the internet? How well did they work? Costs?


Jim in michigan    Posted 01-28-2004 at 21:04:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dial up,,I am five miles from "town" there they do have cable, just got it there last month, but I am too far from the beaten path to get it, so we have dialup. we hook up at around 31-45K sometimes as low as 14K depending on weather. ...Jim

Old Jon    Posted 01-28-2004 at 12:53:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi All,

We have DirectTV, a satellite system.
We only get about 21,000, because we're
out at the end of the phoneline.

Big question............
How Secure is a Satellite connection, for
using your credit card, paying bills & ordering things off the internet?

That's the one drawback I can see...
'Til later........
Old John

Jim(MO)    Posted 01-28-2004 at 12:07:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dial up at home, connect anywhere from 28800 to 49400, depending how much the wind is blowing. T1 at the office, really fast. Need the speed there, dial up is fine at home, I'm in no hurry anymore.

buck    Posted 01-28-2004 at 10:06:49       [Reply]  [No Email]

got this hand crank thing on the wall that has 2 wires and some porcelin insulators. Ain't real fast but I sorta partal to old things. It been there near 70 years and the young ones tell me you got to get new puter every year or so.

dennis    Posted 01-28-2004 at 09:58:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
cost $59.00 mth
speed good most of the time
Set up costs were high but new programs allow setup to be paid out over time


deadarp    Posted 01-28-2004 at 09:34:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
i've always used our local phone company as an isp - they're cheap, reliable, store my website, send dividends, i know them - i hear dsl is fast but i'm retired so try to avoid things that hurry. besides, driving 55 is a nice relaxing way of life - worked too long for it - i'd hate to throw that away. :)

kraigWY    Posted 01-28-2004 at 08:24:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I went to a satalite dish for the internet. It cost $54 per month, and I went from 26400 kbps to 11Mbps. With the $54 payment I got rid of the extra phone line at $36 per month and my dial up service at $20 per month. So I saved two bucks and got faster service/

walt    Posted 01-28-2004 at 08:28:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
What were your set up costs?
Who do you have?

kraigWY    Posted 01-28-2004 at 08:39:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bought the system, I think it was less the $600 to have it installed. But with that I got a router and now I run three wireless computers off the system. I can even take my laptop to the barn when I'm in trouble. With dial up we could only have one computer on at a time.

walt    Posted 01-28-2004 at 08:45:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, I would still be losing. Internet access, $9. Callwave/line busy call forwarding. $4.95. No need for a second line. Yes I have to get off the net to use the phone, but get instant message of incoming call and recording.

walt    Posted 01-28-2004 at 07:59:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I too have dialup. I will never get DSl/cable here. Checked into sat. $600 set up, then $50 a month. Don't think so.. I'll stick with my dialup.

Lazy Al    Posted 01-28-2004 at 08:47:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I never thought I would be able to get DSL either . Called the local phone co and asked if I could get it and they said no . Then a week later they called and said I could when do I want it hooked up . Cost $2 more then my old dial up with a extra line. Coming in at 227KPS now
So hang in there you might end up being able to get it they are moving fast

$600?    Posted 01-28-2004 at 08:09:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
What does that $600 get you?

When I went with DSL it was through my local phone company and they 'waived' the initial 'setup fee' of $250, and that included the cost of the DSL modem...

Only thing I had to buy was an ethernet card...

Salmoneye, Who Is Glad To Pay Double What His Dialup Cost In Order To Go 10 Times Faster...

walt    Posted 01-28-2004 at 08:20:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like I said. I will never get DSL or cable here where I live. I too have Directv, looked at theirs, maybe someones cheaper. Gets you all the hardware and install. Looked again, $59 a month

I repeat...    Posted 01-28-2004 at 08:39:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am interested in what the '$600 setup' you quoted for the DSL gets you?...DSL runs on your existing phone line...

It is not like they have to 'DO' anything other than hand you a box with stuff in it...That is why they 'say' they charge $250 here and then hand you all the stuff for free...The modem, throwing a switch, and a piece of wire costs them all of $50 and they get that back the first month from you...

Just wondering...

Oh Yeah...What is the name of the DSL company that you are looking at?

walt    Posted 01-28-2004 at 08:51:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
You misunderstood. The $600 was for satellite. I do not have access to DSL and never will. Good old Bell south. I'm too far to get it.

Ahhh...    Posted 01-28-2004 at 09:50:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry about that LMAO...

I need to pay better duhtention...

Salmoneye, The...Um...Where Was I...

Ron/PA    Posted 01-28-2004 at 08:03:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use dialup, as my connection. I have direct TV for my television, but after looking at the cost of their IP, I decided that I have nothing to do on the net that requires speed at that cost.

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