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Title: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: majorvices on October 12, 2011, 11:44:24 AM
Some of you may know that I live so far out in the sticks that I have not had access to high speed internet for 7 years or so. Welp, I finally got rid of dial up and got satellite internet through Hughes Net. Not as fast as the cable modem at work but soooo much better than dial up. And I also have WiFi through out the entire house now, which means I can surf the forum on my iPod. Woot!

Side note: I actually downloaded the Avenger's Trailer yesterday (20 megs). Still took about 10 minutes or so but I could never do that on DU.
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: bo on October 12, 2011, 11:56:48 AM
Good luck with that. I had it and finally got rid of it, because they kept throttling my speed based on their MVG (Monthly Volume Guarantee).
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: theDarkSide on October 12, 2011, 12:17:39 PM
And I also have WiFi through out the entire house now, which means I can surf the forum on my iPod. Woot!

Congrats!  But please, no posting pictures from the "Throne" room
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: MDixon on October 12, 2011, 12:31:14 PM
I was at a hotel and needed a 256MB file and the download time was going to be an two and a half hours!!! I had my wife get it for me at work to pull out the two files I needed. When I got home I downloaded the file and it took about 5 min.
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: bluesman on October 12, 2011, 12:31:44 PM
Nice!

Faster is always better when it comes to the great wide world of internet activities.  :)
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: theDarkSide on October 12, 2011, 12:49:59 PM
Nice!

Faster is always better when it comes to the great wide world of internet activities.  :)

I think this guy would disagree.  :D
 
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Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: 1vertical on October 12, 2011, 12:50:11 PM
I remember when we made that move. What a difference. Ours was
all to WiFi tho, no satellite.  We use line of sight rf antenna...
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: majorvices on October 12, 2011, 01:15:33 PM
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I was at a hotel and needed a 256MB file and the download time was going to be an two and a half hours!!! I had my wife get it for me at work to pull out the two files I needed. When I got home I downloaded the file and it took about 5 min.

It certainly ain't the fastest and I won't be streaming any Netflix movies any time soon but downloading a 256 meg file in 2 hours would be awesome considering you could never finish the download on dial up. Now checking email at home is a 20 second task rather than a 1-2 minute task. I'll take it. For now.  ;)






Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: bo on October 12, 2011, 01:30:20 PM
Is it still $60 - ??? a month?
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: majorvices on October 12, 2011, 01:32:01 PM
$39.99, no installation fee. The $600 installation fee was the stopper for me. Up until now.
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: 1vertical on October 12, 2011, 01:34:03 PM
Mine is the same @ $40
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: bo on October 12, 2011, 01:53:01 PM
It's come down a lot and you're right, I had to pay that $600 fee. They wouldn't let me do it myself, because it involves microwave transmission.
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: denny on October 12, 2011, 03:59:51 PM
Some of you may know that I live so far out in the sticks that I have not had access to high speed internet for 7 years or so. Welp, I finally got rid of dial up and got satellite internet through Hughes Net. Not as fast as the cable modem at work but soooo much better than dial up. And I also have WiFi through out the entire house now, which means I can surf the forum on my iPod. Woot!

Side note: I actually downloaded the Avenger's Trailer yesterday (20 megs). Still took about 10 minutes or so but I could never do that on DU.

I went through the same transition a few years back.  Satellite internet was great til we got a heavy rainstorm or snow (which you probably don't have to worry about).  We had satellite for 3 years or so, then our extremely tiny cable co. finally offered internet service.  I jumped on it...much faster and cheaper than satellite.
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: denny on October 12, 2011, 04:01:50 PM
$39.99, no installation fee. The $600 installation fee was the stopper for me. Up until now.

Good price.  We paid about $80/mo., but that was for the fastest, highest volume tier so my wife could work from home.
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: rabid_dingo on October 12, 2011, 05:04:56 PM
Welcome to the 21st century.
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: morticaixavier on October 12, 2011, 05:23:11 PM
Uhg, I used this about 5 years ago to work from home, highest teir service and it sucked. it was slow (although fast compared to dial up it's true) Down was slow up was even slower. and if it snowed or rained heavily or a deer or dog walked in front of the dish I lost signal. I always worried about the microwave transmission warnings on the thing to. I had a fence about 2 feet from the dish to keep critters from cooking themselves. probably paranoid but it's what they recomended at the time.
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: punatic on October 12, 2011, 06:36:12 PM
You can't connect via a 3G aircard?
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: denny on October 12, 2011, 06:43:31 PM
You can't connect via a 3G aircard?

Don't know about him, but I can't.  Virtually no cell service at my house.
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: majorvices on October 12, 2011, 06:51:53 PM
No cell phone service at my place. We do have running water and flushable toilettes.  ;)
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: majorvices on October 13, 2011, 12:14:26 PM
Fwiw pouring down rain right now and no inturruption of service.
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: MDixon on October 13, 2011, 01:10:20 PM
Coming from dialup how would you know ;)
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: majorvices on October 13, 2011, 01:49:07 PM
I had high speed 7 years ago when I lived in town, plus I have cable modem at the brewery and I worked in an office with high speed access up until 2 years ago. I did fall off the turnip truck but it's been a while.  :P
Title: Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
Post by: euge on October 15, 2011, 10:32:36 PM
Glad to know you've rejoined modern society. ;D

I've had broadband for 13 years now. Seriously considering the 4g LTE service and ditching the cable modem and wifi router.