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jkski
06-19-2013, 08:48 PM
Getting ready to make my decision for TV service and internet and wanted to see if anyone out there is using Dish Network satellite internet service? If so, how is it?

Traxx822
06-19-2013, 08:56 PM
My parents have it bc of the price. Obviously cheeper. But it is garbo. They hate it because of how unreliable it is. If you are needing something stable then I would not recommend it. If your a limited user just browsing the news and you don't mind it and need the savings. It would be viable.

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Traxx822
06-19-2013, 08:57 PM
Oh to be honest though. Depending on your cellular service. It may be cheaper to go with a Clear wireless internet system or AT&T or whoever hotspot.

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Traxx822
06-19-2013, 08:58 PM
Oh to be honest though. Depending on your cellular service. It may be cheaper to go with a Clear wireless internet system or AT&T or whoever hotspot. Even 3-4G speeds will be faster that dish.

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CantRepeat
06-19-2013, 09:17 PM
You will always have sketchy internet service from satellite service because the upstream is so limited on the bandwidth.

André
06-19-2013, 09:24 PM
I m using it right now.No other choice around the lake.
I watched the Masters live last month with no cutting or buffing time at all.Even when a storm hit and i lose the TV signal,Internet still work great for me.
Way better then my free dial up i was using...:)

mzimme
06-19-2013, 10:21 PM
You will always have sketchy internet service from satellite service because the upstream is so limited on the bandwidth.

Upstream has little to no impact on browsing the web in any way, shape, or form. The only time upstream ever matters is gaming and sharing files.

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CantRepeat
06-20-2013, 05:52 AM
Upstream has little to no impact on browsing the web in any way, shape, or form. The only time upstream ever matters is gaming and sharing files.

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You can't upload files, or photos any faster then a dial up connection I would consider that sketchy internet service. You will have terrible voice chat and forget about video chatting on stuff like skype. Most uplinks on satellites are even slower then old 56k dial ups. Having spent a year on a satellite in the desert I'd never suggest it to anyone.

edit -- some reviews of the service.

http://hothardware.com/News/DishNET-Satellite-Broadband-Bringing-4GLevel-Speeds-To-The-Middle-Of-Nowhere/

byronic
06-20-2013, 07:02 AM
I may be the only one but I love my Dish Network service. We don't have internet service but have had TV with them for years.People say how unreliable it is, but I don't find that . It might go out two or three times a year due to storms but I like to think of it as having my own weather radar. If it goes out then batten down the hatches. I like the portability also, every Friday we throw the cat and the dish receiver in the car and head up to the cottage. As we are considering internet with them also, I await others comments.

stuartmcnair
06-20-2013, 09:51 AM
We use Wildblue at our lakehouse and it is OK. About like low level DSL and it has been pretty reliable. My wife has facetime chats with her mother using it on the ipad. Don't expect a cable modem type connection and don't try online gaming and you will be fine.

onewheat
06-20-2013, 11:26 AM
Cost???

Craig
06-20-2013, 11:43 AM
Avoid satellite internet! After three years with Wildblue I have concluded that this technology only makes sense if it is your ONLY option aside from dial-up.

There are two main issues:

1) Ping time
2) Crowding

1) The satellites are geo-sync satellites which are 22,000 miles from earth. It takes at best 2-3 seconds for your signal to make its round trip from your computer out to the satellite, back to an internet gateway, out to the internet, retrieve your info, back to the satellite, back down to your dish, and back to your computer. Big downloads, no problem. Video chat I found nearly impossible.

2) First thing in the morning I would get near 5 Mbps (my paid for speed) during peak hours I would get 100-300 kbps, which was still better than dial-up (56 kbps) but not by much. It was simply due to crowded satellites and peak demand.

I ended up switching to a Verizon hotspot for the last year before we moved. Even though the peak speed was lower the overall experience was so much better I can never recommend satellite internet to anyone unless it is truly a last resort.

Cost is also an issue. For the fastest Wildblue package at the time (5 Mbps) we paid nearly $100/mo. and were limited to 10 Gb/mo. I think the packages have changed as well as cost but it is still similar price to any other technology. Plus, I got locked into a two year contract AND the install cost nearly $500.

onewheat
06-20-2013, 11:52 AM
When we're at the lake - it is definitely a 'last resort'. It is satellite or dial-up. I laughed when they told me - didn't even know dial-up still existed. I thought they were joking. Verizon hotspot with a cell phone booster works ok if you are in the cell phone 'reception area' and the wife happens to be there with her company paid hotspot. Otherwise it is NADA - or go to the neighbors house and sit in their driveway to sponge off theirs. :D

BallBushing
06-20-2013, 02:04 PM
Dish is great unless it's was a cloudy / rainy / snowy night when you just want to watch TV beside a crackling fire. Then you're out of luck.

2RLAKE
06-20-2013, 02:39 PM
I have Hughes Net and I'm not a fan. They installed the dish in the easiest location for them ... Problem is it points directly at a tree. I literally just got off a nasty call in which they wanted to charge me $125 to come look at it ... Told them I'll email I picture of the dish pointing straight at a 70' poplar tree and no I can't trim it.

Then he wanted to upswell me to a higher system ... Not happy with the current system can't imagine paying more until they get this to the customers expectation

Oh yeah, its super slow at night

stuartmcnair
06-20-2013, 03:13 PM
we pay between $60 and $80 a month depending on usage. I had the same lag problems with WB as others up until two months ago when the new equipment went online. Now speed is decent and somewhat consistent.