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DirecTV now offering "Exede 12" Satellite Internet
Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:11 AM
Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:22 PM
Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:21 PM
I think it's great that this is at least available to rural customers, even though Satellite isn't the greatest. But I've also heard about WISPS. I know there are several in rural areas and I hear it is much better than satellite........If you look at a WISP map, it seems like the highest concentration of them is in Illinois. There are some in rural areas of KY as well.
WISP systems provide an economically viable alternative for broadband service in sparsely populated areas where it just doesn't make economic sense to lay down cable with a potential of signing up only a few customers per mile of cable. But, while there are WISP systems available in many rural areas, the reason why many in those areas cannot access the services is that the technology being used by most, perhaps all, WISP systems requires unobstructed line-of-sight to the towers. In my remote area, for example, there were 3 different companies that were offering WISP service, and there were at least a half dozen towers from those companies within a few miles of my home, but, because of uneven terrain and heavy timber, I could not get line-of-sight to and an adequate signal from any of those towers. Finally, a couple of years ago, I got lucky, and one of the companies put up a new tower that fell within the only 10-15 degree opening that I had in any direction, and I was able to get WISP service.
Until then, I had satellite service. While I recognized that it had definite limitations and had to accept those limitations, the satellite service still allowed me to do most things that I wanted to do and that would have been impossible to do with a dial-up connection. Even though the new Exede and Hughes Gen4 services still would not be good choices if a terrestrially-based option was available, I know that, if I didn't have the WISP option, I would be happy to have the opportunity to get service via Exede or Gen4.
Posted 22 November 2012 - 06:54 PM
Sadly, it tanked to Verizon DSL... Clear also has data caps that limit the speed to "thursty" users at peak times. the DSL we where pulling about 4.5Mbps and Clear we where pulling 1.21Mbps and we where located 500 ft from the tower:eek2:
I think the problem with WISP is (atleast in Clears case) the WiMax system they are using. It's slow, old technology... I hear rumors there looking at upgrading to a 4G system, if thats true then it could be a decent choice if setup right..
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