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need advice- wireless or satelite

by sassy101833 / November 8, 2004 9:33 AM PST

I need faster downloads. I am now on dial up but thinking about investing in wireless or satelite. I don't play games, mostly doing Genealogy and some shopping + a little surfing. Census pages load very slow. Wireless is $900 installed $50.00 per month with my local ISP. Satelite is $600 installed $60 per month. I live in the boonies The ISP i'm on is the only one available in whole county. Which would be the better buy for me and for what reasons?

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Re: need advice- wireless or satelite
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 9, 2004 12:42 AM PST

Sasafras,

What exactly are they going to do to set up a "wireless" internet connection out in the boonies? Set up an internet node at your house? Or does the company have a "fixed" wireless tower near you? It's worth checking..Normally, wireless access can be paid for through a wireless internet company (Boingo, T-Mobile, etc.) but you simply need a computer with a wireless network card plus the software to connect at a "hot spot". Is there a "hot spot" near you?

Normally, if DSL or cable access are not available, then Satellite is your next best choice for getting a good connection. It's more expensive than DSL or Cable but will provide you with good, high speed connections, "assuming" that the company is reputable and provides good service.

The links below might help:

How does satellite Internet operate?

Wireless Internet Access

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Re: need advice- wireless or satelite
by sassy101833 / November 9, 2004 12:56 AM PST

My ISP has fixed towers in differant locations around the county that delivers the service.(besides delivering dialup which is what i have now) Is that what you meant by a hotspot? I have a desktop PC. am handicapped and this is my recreation. There is no DSL or Cable to this area. so i must either go satelite or tower(they call it wireless internet).I trully appreciate any help given.

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Re: need advice- wireless or satelite
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 9, 2004 2:01 AM PST

Sasafras,

I'd check users of both systems in your areas and see how the performance is. Generally, a fixed wireless setup will have quicker connection speeds than the satellite versions. Downloading files is a lot quicker with wireless. In addition, there tends to be some "lag time" when using Satellite but most don't notice it much unless playing games online. Based on your price, over a few years, the price will be similar. Weather related issues can be a problem with both services. If service performance is equal, I'd choose the wireless connection, but that's just me.

Read the review at the link below. It will give you some good information to make your decision on:

Fixed wireless vs Satellite

Hope this helps.

Grif

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I have satellite
by TONI H / November 9, 2004 2:51 AM PST

When Dishnetwork was doing the installations, I opted for the dual dish...one receiver on the dish is for the tv and one is for the modem. Starband now bills directly for the modem and Dishnetwork bills directly for the tv portion so they are independent of each other regarding service, including shutoff, even though they still use the same dish. Since you are in the boonies, you might want to check into the price of having a dual dish rather than two separate dishes, but this may not be available anymore.

I got a great rate from Starband to come back to them since I had terminated the service when my contract ran out while I was doing some major construction here. $49 per month for a two year contract....which is nearly $30 cheaper than the original contract was...and is competitive with DSL or cable prices in my area (I'm nowhere near my town, so neither of those options are available to me since properties here in the mountain are so far apart from each other that running lines wouldn't be profitable).

The dish to be installed cost $600 and you are better off to have them install it on a pole about 4-5' high so that it's easier to brush off during a snow storm. They can be mounted to a roof or the side of a house if the signal can be easily accessed, but maintenance can be difficult with that type of mount since the dish would be exposed to snow and ice and you wouldn't have an easy way to clear it off to regain the signal.

I get great download speeds.......file sharing is limited to fast download speeds and crappy uploads to somebody else or another computer because Starband sees that type of situation as my computer being used as a server, which isn't allowed for home use....however, transferring files through email or AIM, etc. gives pretty decent speeds since it's not considered to be file sharing.

TONI

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