Edited by lartomar2002, 19 October 2010 - 10:25 AM.
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Posted 19 October 2010 - 10:24 AM
Posted 19 October 2010 - 10:33 AM
Posted 19 October 2010 - 10:57 AM
i hope i have picked the correct forum. i am having a directv dish installed at my vacation rv site. can i order directv satillite internet and call and and have it turned on when i need it and then turned off when i don,t? i can call and stop, change, or start premium tv channels and i would like to know if i can do the same with the internet. thanks .
Satellite internet is a different service, separate from Directv. It uses a different dish, also. Check www.hughesnet.com
Edited by raoul5788, 19 October 2010 - 11:01 AM.
Posted 19 October 2010 - 11:03 AM
Posted 19 October 2010 - 11:52 AM
Typically, on the Home plan, to reach your download limit in a 24-hour period, you would have to download any of the following:
67 photos (at 3 MB each)
50 songs (at 4 MB each)
10 video clips (at 20 MB each)
What activities may cause a subscriber to exceed their download threshold?
Some activities are more likely to exceed the download threshold and trigger the application of the Fair Access Policy. Several examples are listed below:
Full-length movie or video downloads (e.g., Netflix streaming movies)
Continuous downloading or viewing streaming media content such as audio or video programming
Posted 19 October 2010 - 12:22 PM
... and you might want to check the Hughes FAP (Fair Access Policy) which, to me, seems like it would have applied fairly in 1987 but not 2010. I think between 2am-5am you can download as much as you like.
Well, it is better than say an AT&T iPhone/iPad plan. Bandwidth on a satellite connection is much trickier than a standard wired connection.
Posted 19 October 2010 - 12:47 PM
Anyway, the service itself is decent. The thing I like the most about it is that the download limits are daily instead of monthly. If I accidentally go over it slows down to dial up speeds for around 24 hours then goes back to normal. You are given one free token every month that you can use to get back to your normal speeds if you do happen to go over (you can buy more tokens for $10 if you need to). You always know exactly how much your bill is going to be each month (either the set price, or it will be higher by $10 for every token you buy).
To me this was much better than having cellular internet service where the usage went by month. If you go over your limit you can't use the system for the rest of the month. Or if you go over and don't realize it suddenly you get hit with big overage charges.
In this case though it sounds like you are going to be using this at an RV site only sporadically. To me the 3G wifi access points sound like a better idea for you. Like the Verizon MiFi. These I think you can pay for up front and then just buy data month by month as needed. You still have data caps though that you need to watch out for.
Posted 19 October 2010 - 05:59 PM
Posted 20 October 2010 - 11:55 AM
I am on the ProPlus plan so I pay around $90/month ($80 for service, $10 for lease).
I know you have to sign a 2 year agreement no matter what. I do not know if they allow you to put your account on "vacation" like DriecTV does. I would recommend calling them and asking them about that. I would think they would allow this, but you need to realize only the months you have service will count toward your agreement. So if you only have the service on for 6 months a year you will actually have to keep the service for 4 years to complete your agreement.
Also, they apparently do not pro-rate their early termination fees. If you cancel with 2 months left you pay the same penalty as if you had 20 months left.
Edited by Beerstalker, 20 October 2010 - 11:55 AM.
Posted 20 October 2010 - 12:12 PM
Posted 20 October 2010 - 03:08 PM
Posted 20 October 2010 - 03:12 PM
if i were to go with directv-wildblue would i need a seperate dish for wildblue?
Indeed you will.
Posted 20 October 2010 - 03:19 PM
Posted 20 October 2010 - 03:35 PM
Like Chiliball said, both HughesNet and Wildblue have their own dishes, they do not use your DriecTV dish (and your DirecTV dish can't be used by them). Their LNB's are much different as they also have to be able to send the upstream signal back into space to the satellites.
To accomplish this, the LNB/ODU needs an onboard transmitter. When you start talking about transmitting RF out into space, you fall under much different and much more strict FCC regulations. That's why under no circumstances will you ever see a transmitter on a Directv ODU (Dish).
Posted 20 October 2010 - 03:40 PM
Posted 20 October 2010 - 03:46 PM
Posted 20 October 2010 - 05:59 PM
Virgin Mobile uses the Sprint 3G backbone. So, if you can get a Sprint signal at the RV park, and, by the way, anywhere on the road, you're golden.
Posted 20 October 2010 - 06:06 PM
Posted 21 October 2010 - 01:34 PM
Posted 21 October 2010 - 01:56 PM
p.s. do you know what the typical download speeds are for mobile broadband and would verizion mifi be ant better?
Edited by lartomar2002, 21 October 2010 - 01:57 PM.
Posted 21 October 2010 - 02:27 PM
Verizon of course uses the Verizon 3G Network and Virgin uses the Sprint Network as the backbone of their usage network but that does not include Roaming into Verizon's Network as does Sprint but Sprint does not have the MiFi so you're stuck with either of the two above.
They are a Broadband Access Hub that 5 devices can connect to and the data usage is the sum of all devices connecting via the MiFi 2200 Hub.
Do you have Access to Sprint in your area?
Edited by Richierich, 21 October 2010 - 02:27 PM.
Posted 21 October 2010 - 04:36 PM
Posted 22 October 2010 - 11:47 AM
I believe Verizon has 3 plans available.
1Gb for $20
3Gb for $35
5Gb for $50
Then $10 for every additional Gb.