Satellite Internet

Satellite Internet Forum.

Welcome, Guest.
Welcome to this satellite broadband discussion forum. Wherever you are and whatever your problem we are here to help each other. Connecting to the internet via satellite is not always easy but is critically important to those in remote places or with poor terrestrial infrastructure. Both service providers and customers are encouraged to contribute. If you are showing as 'Guest', please register at the bottom of this home page if you wish to contribute or ask question. Read the Forum rules.
      Satellite internet forum          
Pages: 1

New to Satellite Internet

(Read 2344 times)
Ex Member

Oct 18th, 2006 at 3:10am  
I currently live in Mississippi, and seeing as DSl/Cable is extremely rare here, I've started doing some researching into Satellite internet and have a few questions regarding it.

1) How much faster would one-way satellite be compared to dial-up? As I understand, it uses your phone line to send what you want to a hub, then that is downloaded via satellite to your computer.

2) Is two-way worth the extra price when upgrading from dial-up?

3) How is one-way for online games?

That's all I can think of now, may post more.
Back to top
IP Logged
Ex Member

Reply #1 - Oct 19th, 2006 at 3:36am  
Hello there. 
I'm not sure anyone even sells one way satellite systems anymore.  As with all satellite systems, latency (or ping times) are going to be high ~ on the order of 700 - 900 milliseconds.  this makes any kind of action based gaming futile.  By the time you shoot someone you have been shot three times already.  That being said, the three major players are Hughes, Starband, and Wildblue.  Right now I understand that  for some portions of the country Wildblue is not taking on new accounts, because that particular spot beam is full. 
There are lots of good deals out there ~ you should be able to find a system as low as $299 for equipment, $49/month for 500 kbps by 100 kbps.  Installation, depending what is being offered at the time, runs from free to $250 - $300.  Starband is the only company that will let you go online for free, take a course, get certified, and install your own system.  You can save a lot of money that way and not have to rely on anyone else to trouble shoot your system. 
Any more questions ~ feel free to ask away. 
Good luck!
Back to top
IP Logged
USN - Retired
Ex Member

Reply #2 - Oct 19th, 2006 at 4:51am  
1. depends upon grade of service. Sending would be no different than dialup - because it IS dialup. Receiving, perhaps 20 times faster.
2. If you factor in the cost of a 2nd phoneline, two-way begins to look attractive
3. one way is only half as bad as two way, but they both suck. Good day pings on two way will be 600-700 ms, double triple that on bad days. One way pings are roughly half that of two way.

Back to top
IP Logged
Pages: 1