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Cuddles McKitten
November 17th, 2009, 02:39 AM
Has anyone tried this? Besides the slowness, does it work well? What's the cost relative to basic broadband service and was it worth it to you?

XubuRoxMySox
November 17th, 2009, 03:37 AM
We're using WildBlue here and it's pretty cool. The connection is shared wirelessly between six computers (one of which is a "community computer" that lots of people use), so we had to get the super package, where you pay more for more bandwidth.

It's okay for basic stuff, but VOIP isn't supported at all other than Skype, which works okay but lags (especially with webcam). Forget about online gaming over a satellite connection too.

-Robin

ftabor
November 18th, 2009, 04:51 PM
After 6 years of HughesNet and Starband, I can tell you that the lowest tier of DSL, and even cellphone is much better than satellite, cheaper, and more reliable. If you have any kind of broadband at all, it's preferable to satellite.

Satellite is really only for those that have no other means of broadband access at all. I'm sure that you WildBlue and other sat users are going to chime in about how good your service is, and once you actually compare it side by side with true land broadband you will see there is a tremendous difference in speed and reliability.

steveneddy
November 18th, 2009, 07:55 PM
Many roadside stops in the US have Satellite internet.

The speed is acceptable, but as was posted above, Satellite internet is for when you have no other options.