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Anyone here using Starband VSAT for RESIDENTIAL internet connectivity?? (yes, I have searched the thread archives, not much there).

I'll be (happily) moving waaaaaaaaayyyy out beyond the edge of the geographical point known as the middle of nowhere, so I'll have to say goodby to true highspeed, at least for home use.

My research has led me to a confidence that Starband is the best of the 4 providers, but it doesn't co-op with any sat TV providers.

I know the performance of sat internet is not as good as hardwire broadband, and I am aware of the limitations related to heavy rains and dish misalignmnet. The VPN limitations will be an issue as well, but I will use a wireless card (I will have cell coverage out there) whenever I have to access our global mastermindultrahighendstealthmegasuperserver, located in parts unknown, from my home.

I would appreciate any feedback from those who have the service, or had it in the past.

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Wild Blue here, it's alright and better than dial-up, my neighbor has Hughs and don't seem to loose signal as much as I do. Living in the sticks has it price.
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what part of the country are you in?


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I had it a few years ago. It truly sucks but is better than no broadband. If you have access to Verizon and can use their MiFi 2200 portable wireless hotspot, then I think that is a better way to go.
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I had it a few years ago. It truly sucks but is better than no broadband. If you have access to Verizon and can use their MiFi 2200 portable wireless hotspot, then I think that is a better way to go.
I don't think Verizon covers my area. I had thought about EV-DO, and will look into it more.


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Nor sure if it's available in your new area but I have a wireless connection. Not a wireless network or wi-fi but wireless microwave that shoots from tower to tower. I'm about 5 miles from the closest tower and am testing at 4-5 megs. May not be available to you but it's worth looking into.
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cat,

what part of the country are you in?


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Nanjemoy Southern Maryland, about 45 miles due south of DC as the crow flys, truely the land that time forgot. Nothing but woods and people that want to be left alone, we're 1/2 hr from a gallon of gas or milk. Verizon is the only cell service that works and even that is weak.
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Nor sure if it's available in your new area but I have a wireless connection. Not a wireless network or wi-fi but wireless microwave that shoots from tower to tower. I'm about 5 miles from the closest tower and am testing at 4-5 megs. May not be available to you but it's worth looking into.
Just what I need, more radiation to my cranium

Is the service being provided through your cell carrier? What is the service called? C'mon, throw me a bone here.....

(I pulled the trigger on that other thing we discussed. Thanks.)


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Just what I need, more radiation to my cranium

Is the service being provided through your cell carrier? What is the service called? C'mon, throw me a bone here.....

(I pulled the trigger on that other thing we discussed. Thanks.)


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Nope, it's a local company that rents space on towers, buildings, and water tanks and sets up their own network. Apparantly it's becoming more popular as it isn't regulated by the FCC. They shoot the low frequency microwaves back to a base antenna where it hits a T3 (?) One of the owners lives about 14 miles from the closest tower and is testing at 8-9 megs. Unobstructed, the signal can travel 30 miles.

You will probably find that most are Mom and Pop operations, especially in sparsley populated areas that don't have cable and/or dsl.

Here is an old article but it explains the concept pretty well.

http://www.rense.com/politics5/micronet.htm

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Nope, it's a local company that rents space on towers, buildings, and water tanks and sets up their own network. Apparantly it's becoming more popular as it isn't regulated by the FCC. They shoot the low frequency microwaves back to a base antenna where it hits a T3 (?) One of the owners lives about 14 miles from the closest tower and is testing at 8-9 megs. Unobstructed, the signal can travel 30 miles.

You will probably find that most are Mom and Pop operations, especially in sparsley populated areas that don't have cable and/or dsl.

Here is an old article but it explains the concept pretty well.

http://www.rense.com/politics5/micronet.htm

Congratulations on your new purchase.
Hmmm, a man could make some money.......


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http://www.motorola.com/Business/US-...k+Canopy_US-EN

A local ISP that specializes in wireless service has installed this for me at several sites in Central Florida. Works great but needs near line of sight between antennas. Max range between antennas is supposed to be 35 miles. My sites go up to 15 miles. Very reliable and not affected by weather.
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live in the mountains have wild blue it is just one step up from dail up not good have a place on the easternshore and not much better no sevice these companys should be able to take part of there profits and slowly hook us up!
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Starband sucks, but sometimes it's the only option...
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Het AL.........If you have cell service, why not get a internet service from them? A few years ago before a local ISP came in and offered wireless network(shoots from our island to the mainland) we had Direcway which is now Hughs net. It was better then dialup, but had daily drop outs and I spent untold hours with their tech service.

We have cell service at our home with our cell provides version of G3, Came with a wireless router. We are very happy with that service. Not as fast as works wilreless, but its light years better then dialup or Hughes.

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Seacat - thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

Andy - I will be in a coverage "hole". Verizon might work, I haven't talked to them, and their coverage map is a bit unclear. Sprint does not have 3G coverage. Cellular south does have 3G coverage, but does not offer a wireless router, so we would have to have 4 separate cards for each laptop in the house. I still may go this route, though.


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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post
I will be in a coverage "hole". Verizon might work, I haven't talked to them, and their coverage map is a bit unclear. Sprint does not have 3G coverage. Cellular south does have 3G coverage, but does not offer a wireless router, so we would have to have 4 separate cards for each laptop in the house. I still may go this route, though.


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Depending on how big the coverage "hole" is, you can install a cell repeater and use an elevated external antenna to utilize your cell phone and 3G at your home.
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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post
Seacat - thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

Andy - I will be in a coverage "hole". Verizon might work, I haven't talked to them, and their coverage map is a bit unclear. Sprint does not have 3G coverage. Cellular south does have 3G coverage, but does not offer a wireless router, so we would have to have 4 separate cards for each laptop in the house. I still may go this route, though.


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I was able once to connect two computers to a single air card using Windows Internet Connection Sharing in a clients field office with no other internet connection. ICS lets XP function as a router. Cheap & worked ok.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u..._02july01.mspx
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