Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 16 of 16

Thread: satellite internet

  1. #1
    Super Member ptquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    5,894
    Does anyone have it? How is it? How is the reception? DH wants to get it but they said there is a minimum $99 service call if you need service, like if the wind blows your dish out of alignment. And we have a lot of wind.
    I am always nervous about hidden charges and such. I would appreciate any advice, thanks.

  2. #2
    Senior Member marknfran's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Mead, WA
    Posts
    644
    We have Wildblue and find now we could not live without it! The wind itself does not affect the position it is in since they have it bolted down really well. However, during winter we had to go out and use a long handled brush to move the snow off of it. So much better than dial up!!

  3. #3
    Moderator kathy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    on the Texas Coast
    Posts
    4,050
    i have it at work, pretty good

  4. #4
    Super Member BrendaY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    1,846
    Blog Entries
    9
    We got rid of dish, and now have NetFlix. We LOVE it! And it's nice, since we can't have cable so far out of town here.

  5. #5
    Super Member ontheriver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Selma Alabama
    Posts
    3,670
    I have Pinebelt satellite internet and it works great. It is the only way I can get internet and TV as I am so rural there are no lines run out here. I'm lucky to have phone and electric. Did have Hughes.net but went with local company as the price is so much lower. No problem with winds, and I live in Alabama so we have had plenty of wind lately. Some times it is slower when very heavy rain, same as satellite TV, which I also have from Dish.

  6. #6
    Super Member Sandygirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    4,311
    Hughes.net and Direct TV. We are rural and in windy Illinois! We are very happy w/both. "sometimes" we lose reception thanks to bitter cold (under zero degrees) but nothing is perfect.
    sandy

  7. #7
    Super Member sewwhat85's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    missouri
    Posts
    6,895
    i have no problems here

  8. #8
    Senior Member cassie69emt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Western New York
    Posts
    383
    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaY
    We got rid of dish, and now have NetFlix. We LOVE it! And it's nice, since we can't have cable so far out of town here.
    I didn't know Netflix had satellite internet services :?:

  9. #9
    Senior Member cassie69emt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Western New York
    Posts
    383
    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    Does anyone have it? How is it? How is the reception? DH wants to get it but they said there is a minimum $99 service call if you need service, like if the wind blows your dish out of alignment. And we have a lot of wind.
    I am always nervous about hidden charges and such. I would appreciate any advice, thanks.
    Here are a couple of things noone will tell you. Hughesnet you get 750mb download per day bandwidth .wildblue or internet thru dishnetwork you never actually start over it is called a rolling policy(can't think of what I want to say) Let me try to explain it . What ever you use today will not come off of your usage of bandwidth until the next month day 5.Bandwidth is a biggie with just doing normal surfing and updates to antivirus ,not windows update included here. We are always around 50% of bandwidth useage. When you hit 70% they slow you down to dial up speed.Any questions just ask

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    619
    I live on top of a hill and have a metal roof so Direct TV put my dish on the ground. Works fine. I pay 5.99 a month for service.

  11. #11
    Super Member Rose L's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Nebraska..The Good Life
    Posts
    2,142
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by cassie69emt
    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaY
    We got rid of dish, and now have NetFlix. We LOVE it! And it's nice, since we can't have cable so far out of town here.
    I didn't know Netflix had satellite internet services :?:
    Once you have Internet you can get Netflix. Then you can run it through various devices to get it onto your TV screen. I run it off my laptop with two cords so we can watch movies on the big TV screen.

  12. #12
    Super Member BKrenning's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Festus, Missouri, USA
    Posts
    1,552
    Quote Originally Posted by martha jo
    I live on top of a hill and have a metal roof so Direct TV put my dish on the ground. Works fine. I pay 5.99 a month for service.
    Is your decimal point maybe a little off or are you missing a number?

    We have DirecTV for television service and WildBlue for internet service. They both cost a lot more than $5.99.

    We had to pay $400 to get WildBlue installed but we've had it for years and there was only one other company like WildBlue back then. HughesNet was still DirecPC and it was half dial up/half satellite.

    I've never heard of someone's dish getting blown around by the wind. We had straight line winds tear up part of our roof but both dishes look just like the day they were installed.

    Wildblue has a maximum usage policy and will alert you when you reach 80% of maximum. You don't get throttled until you go over the maximum which depends on which plan you have. We have the largest plan and have never gone over with 2 kids and 2 very geeky adults. We have come close a couple times when the kids were watching every u-tube video they could find. My neighbor has the middle package and was throttled all last summer because her daughter left Frostwire running on her laptop 24/7. Uploads is what there problem was.

    We have looked at HughesNet and the prices are similar. They also have a maximum which I believe is 500mb per day with free (doesn't count towards the 500mb) between 3 and 6am so you would want to schedule all your updates for those hours. They will throttle you for longer than 1 day if you repeatedly go over the daily limit.

    A normal user doesn't really need to worry too much about the usage caps unless you're stuck in bed for a week and do nothing but watch on-line videos all day. We had to put some limits on the kids for a while when we first got the service but there are 4 of us all using the same connection. I have to download service manuals & software updates for my job, our son is a gamer and some of his "add-on" packs are more than HughesNet's daily maximum; daughter is a alternative music groupie and streams music often, hubby just wants what he wants when he wants it--LOL.

    We originally had Starband internet service when they first started. It had lots of bugs to work out in the early days which we grumpily endured. Eventually we had a falling out with them over the cost to upgrade our equipment to a new, faster modem. New customers were getting a better deal than existing ones who'd been with them through all their growing pains. AT&T tries that on us every once in a while, too but they at least will bargain with us. Starband just wanted our money and since we had faithfully been paying them for 3+ years--they figured we could pay more than a new customer. That's when we found Wildblue.

    You will lose service in a storm just like with satellite tv. You'll lose internet first because it needs a more stable signal & you'll lose service if the main station (Syracuse, NY I believe for Wildblue; Atlanta, GA for Starband) is having a storm or if they are doing network upgrades which they try to do on Sundays but things do occasionally go sideways--just like the cable goes out in the middle of your show. It is much better now than it was 10 years ago. And, satellite internet is still the only choice for many rural and/or rugged terrain areas. We're less than 30 miles from St. Louis County but the terrain here is too hilly & thickly forested for wi-max. Clear does work here but just barely and their maximum allowance isn't enough for one person--much less 4.

    Depending on what kind of cell service is in your area, you might want to check that out. It's cheaper than satellite but watch the maximum usage clause. That's where they get you. Some companies don't throttle you--they just charge more.

  13. #13
    Super Member ptquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    5,894
    thanks everyone for your help. We are looking at HughesNet, because of our location we qualify for free installation and reduced monthly rate for 12 months, courtesy of the federal stimulus package. Hughes is the only one offering this, brings it down to $39 a month. And no long-term commitment with the stimulus plan.
    We are not interested AT ALL in satellite TV, DH says, When it comes down to $2 a year he MIGHT consider it.

  14. #14
    Power Poster CarrieAnne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Whitewater, WI
    Posts
    26,046
    I just got Hughes net because of the recovery act too. Love it! Took a LONG time to install, but we are very happy with it!

  15. #15
    Power Poster CarrieAnne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Whitewater, WI
    Posts
    26,046
    Oh, and its SUPER windy here, I am out in the country with no other houses around, and no problems yet!

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    619
    Sorry, guess that was misleading. The 5.99 is a service policy and then there is the regular charge.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.