I currently have AOL...I am ready to just give up and be internet free...except I would miss MDC
What's a girl to do?
P.S. my DH would love to game with his xbox online, but the bounce back time is too long
Please Help!!! I'm desperate!!!
You can't get high speed from your phone company?
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And satellite has a cap also. It gets really expensive when you go over your bandwidth allotment for the month.
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It runs off the cell towers or something like it and they offer phone, internet, etc.
It might be worth a try if they offer it in your area.
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AT&T stops their service about a 1/2 mile from us and one house over from my friend,and refused to hook her up. It would be so much cheaper for DSL if we lived in the city, but Oh well, we live the quiet.
The other satellite provider (WildBlue) was not an option as their installer refused to install a dish here (said there were too many trees).
Our plan costs $65/month.
We have a bandwidth cap of 425 MB data download per 24 hours (there is a 3-hour grace period in the middle of the night). This is called the FAP (Fair Access Policy). If you exceed that then you are punished with ~1 kbps for the next 24 hours. You learn quickly not to exceed it. We have a little utility that monitors our usage (but it doesn't work very well). You can also use download schedulers so you can have downloads happen during the grace period.
Basically the cap means that we don't watch any videos or play games. Pictures are ok but we try to avoid picture-heavy sites (especially from people who forget to reduce the resolution before they post). VOIP would suck up too much bandwidth. Web-surfing all day long without videos or gaming is pretty much fine. I set Outlook to only download headers automatically so I can choose which emails to download (some colleagues seem to think it's no big deal to routinely send out 20-30 MB attachments).
I can do some webexes for work, an hour a day is fine but I wouldn't do it for much longer. The performance is not great because of the latency but it is tolerable. The security protocols in VPN do not play well with the satellite technology and it is basically unusable. Dial-up is better than satellite for VPN. Uploads are also very slow.
Anytime I need to do serious uploading or downloading, webexes where performance is critical, or use the VPN, I need to ride/drive to somewhere I can use my aircard or Peet's free wireless (30-minutes one-way is the closest).
The performance is better during the day than in the evenings. Bad weather makes it very flaky. Multiple people using it definitely slows it down.
Example evening performance: http://www.speedtest.net/result/656048915.png
Example daytime (weekday) performance: http://www.speedtest.net/result/649808545.png
If cable or DSL suddenly came available, we'd probably fork over the $400 early termination fee to quit the satellite (it's that frustrating). However, I will happily keep it so as not to have to depend on dial-up.
I am thinking of getting an iphone and "jailbreaking" it...the guy in the AT&T store says it works for him.....(I would feel guilty though, since it is not how it's intended to work) Stupid conscience
I finally got a good cell phone that actually gets service in our house and I do most of my daily e-mail and facebook stuff on that ($7/mo for unlimited data) and now my latest ploy is to get a little usb bluetooth adaptor for the laptop and hook into the cell service. I have no idea if it would be any faster, a friend is going to try it on hers too.
Otherwise satellite is $300 for setup and $65/mo. I cannot justify that since our internet is strictly for entertainment.
DH and I - totally winging life with our four children, DS1 (6.5yrs), DS2 (5yrs), DD (3yrs) and DS3 (1)!
We just moved out to the country this past week and are once again stuck with dial-up. I just had dsl with Charter and I LOVED it... now this is so slow and hard to get used to again, LOL. We are signed up for dsl through our phone company if they can ever get the cables installed out here.
Thank goodness our local guys had the wisdom to run cable themselves for all the work at home country folk who kept calling and pestering them.