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07-16-2006, 08:37 AM
Does anyone here have high speed satellite internet? How does it work? Is it quick and reliable?

07-16-2006, 08:44 AM
I had satellite internet from a 3rd party company (see satnow.com) that was reasonably fast. Reliability was an issue as the uplink is from Atlanta and if there was weather either on the uplink side or my side of the signal, it wouldn't work. When weather was good, it was reasonably fast, but my DSL is 2-3X faster than satellite was.

Also, I use VPN for connecting to work (work from home occasionally) and picked the satnow service from my local provider because it had telephone request and satellite receive.....I understand the latency with satellite request/receive doesn't get along well with VPN.

You may also wish to explore if someone in your area has wireless broadband (antenna based). This will be better than satellite and is a solution in more rural areas.

07-16-2006, 08:45 AM
My neighbor had it, he said it was fast as cable or dsl on down load, but slow as dial-up on upload. It didn't work for him to do his work from home.
He ended up ditching it and getting cable and paid the price to have the cable ran back his 1/4 mile long driveway.

east tx skier
07-16-2006, 09:14 PM
My mom is in the Yucatan every other month and has it. What Ski King said about speed, but reliability (at least in the jungle is so so).

07-17-2006, 01:29 AM

J - as long as you are not playing broadband games then speed Lag is not really an issue, but the above link is a resources on Sat. Internet

Edit, here is another site:


"Is there anything I can do to reduce latency ? : Short of moving to a space-station ? No. :-) The added latency / high ping times with satellite internet are due to the distance between your system and the satellite in space. Even at the speed of light (3x108 meters per second) it takes around 0.23923 seconds (or 240ms) for data to go up to the satellite and back down to Earth. Double that time for a 2-Way connection, then add a few milliseconds for your data to be retrieved from the internet by the NOC, and there you are .. in the 800ms range.

How well do online games play over satellite ? : Simple, slow paced games (like "pogo.com" based games for example) play pretty well. By comparison, fast paced shooter games (Halo, Counter Strike, etc.) don't play well at all .. to the point of being unplayable. There are some games that fall somewhere in the middle. Games like City of Heros/Villains, WarCraft and the like play adequately. Users have reported acceptable game play with EverQuest-II and World of WarCraft."

07-17-2006, 01:41 AM
We ditched it for DSL at our lake house.

Didn't like VPN at all, probably getting blocked or somewhere in the routing equipment it is changing the packet and you don't get your 3 way handshake. Directway dosen't care if your vpn works, they get you to the internet and that is it. The wife works for a company that specializes in security technology and they couldn't make it work from their end with all of the ports open.

I found it to be slower that cable or DSL.

Pendo you are killing me with the ping times. C:\ ping -t

07-17-2006, 08:36 AM
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07-17-2006, 08:57 AM
I've heard good things about this company: http://www.wildblue.com/

Also, the communication with the sattelite is 2-way, so both upload and download speeds are fast.

07-17-2006, 09:12 AM
i thought directv use to offer internet, but looks like they've teamed up with providers....great site to search what is available in your area #

as for the Dish Network, they only offer DSL connections through Earthlink: http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/products/internet/earthlink/dsl_code/index.shtml

07-17-2006, 09:24 AM
To get it as good as it is was a great technical achievement by Directv, but cannot compete with DSL or cable modem.

07-17-2006, 01:47 PM
If the dish is you ONLY high-speed solution, it's great. But, if you can get ANYTHING else, don't do it.

I was one of the early users of the 1-way DirecPC system (dial-up up,Sat down), and a beta tester for the 2-way system.

In order to get VPN to work, run the sat off of a pc running Microsoft's ICS (Internet Connection Sharing). The problem seems to be that you actually have 2 different IP's - 1 for up & 1 for down. Using ICS, you get around that most of the time.

Throughput was great (downloading stuff). But, the latency (playing games, waiting on clicks, telnetting into a box) will kill you.

07-18-2006, 08:47 AM
I've got it for my VPN with work at the cabin on the lake, more water time, and it is slow. If the weather is bad, forget it, the connetion doesn't work, but then that gives me a reason to head to the local bar with wireless internet.

Bottom line: too expensive, but we HAVE to have it.

07-18-2006, 08:50 AM
I've got it for my VPN with work at the cabin on the lake, more water time, and it is slow. If the weather is bad, forget it, the connetion doesn't work, but then that gives me a reason to head to the local bar with wireless internet.

Bottom line: too expensive, but we HAVE to have it.
i'm so jealous of everyone workin' from home on a VPN...got any New England job connections???

07-18-2006, 07:33 PM
anybody heard of these people?

weird thing is, I got an email saying my ebill was available for viewing..... never heard of them before:(

07-19-2006, 10:45 AM
While I don't have any direct personal experience with satellite internet access a couple of the folks I have worked with over the last few years have used it. From what they have told me it works but if they had any other choice they would take it.

I do know a number of folks (including myself) who are using wireless broadband and are very happy with it. While none of us use it as our only source of internet access there are times when we use it for hours at a time. While it does not offer dsl or cable speed as long as you are in a broadband coverage area it is quite fast, if you are not in a broadband coverage area it still works but at a much slower speed, it also works well with VPN's. Some of us are using Verizon and some are using Cingular, either one works well. I chose Verizon because their coverage seemed better. We all pay about $60 a month for "unlimited" access.