Posted 02-14-2004 at 18:33:16
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Where I live out in the country, our dial-up internet connection is really slow--12Kbps as I type this and sometimes slower. We have tried to get the connection to go faster, but because of how the telephone company has run the circuits in our area, they tell me that there just really isn't any way of getting it faster. I don't like it...and it wastes my time.
We are going to give satellite internet a try. The equipment is fairly expensive and the way the company does business seems to require professionall installation. But the monthly cost is only a few dollars more than we have been paying for a separate phone line and the local internet provider. It is supposed to be real fast and very seldom affected by weather. It will also allow more than one computer in our house to be on the internet at the same time.
Anyone else using such a system? How has it worked out for you? I haven't seen this topic discussed before. The company we are going with is called Starband.
Posted 02-16-2004 at 15:59:53
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Thanks for the replies. My area is still fairly rural (although getting more developed all the time), and I don't expect that cable will get out this way for awhile, if ever. So that option is not available to me. I wish it was as from what I have heard, it is both faster and cheaper. One of the little prices I gladly pay for living in the country.
I wanted to do the installation myself, and am doing some of the work, like installing the mount and planning the job. The ground is already there, as I installed it with my Dish Network dish, which I do not plan to disturb. Unfortunately the website for the company clearly states that the owner can not do the full installation unless they are certified (passed the installation and commissioning test) AND affiliated with an approved installation company. I wasn't too worried about the test, as I read through the instruction course, but since I don't want to go into the business of installing satellite dishes, I don't see how I could satisfy the affiliation requirement. Properly aiming the dish also requires a tool that costs over $100, and that seems kind of expensive for something I would probably use once. So I am going to have the installation company come out to aim the dish and do the registration of the system with Starband. I plan to add a wireless router after the system is working so we can use the computers wherever we want around the house. Wireless seems easier than running Ethernet cable all around, and is only a little bit more expensive. Hope that decision is a good one.....
It is interesting and fun to learn about new technology. And the new system should save some time, especially on larger downloads. With the dialup system we have, sometimes those downloads would take all night or not work at all because we got "bumped" off the internet during the download. As I type this the speed is 9.6Kbps--not too impressive!