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  •  I've done a whole lotta stuff on the Net (16+ / 0-)

    via satellite, up to just a few years ago, since it was the sole means available to us to get decent Net speeds in the house. With both of us (at that time) in the computer industry, it was a must-do thing. When DSlL came to our neck of the woods, we switched immediately, hoping that the connectivity would be better, faster, and more reliable than satellite, which has a tendency to go down during rainy weather. Here in western Washington, we get a lot of that. That's one issue with satellite; so, as you point out, is lag. Then there were the windstorm dropouts, and having to physically reposition the dish periodically, which wasn't easy - it was mounted on the side of our house, at the upstairs level, and in a place where it could not be manipulated by opening a window.

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    by Kitsap River on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 12:46:27 AM PDT

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    •  We had satellite only for two years (4+ / 0-)
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      Brown Thrasher, Ice Blue, sb, Kitsap River

      For working on a remote server, dial-up is faster.

      Also, you cannot use a VPN and any kind of encryption drags it to a crawl.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:05:55 AM PDT

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      •  I VPN into remote servers (6+ / 0-)

        every day and deal with large amounts of data - and I do it on satellite without a problem.

        I'd prefer to be hard wired because it's more reliable, but I can't complain about the speeds.

        It is the only provider in this area, and I was really worried about upload speed in particular when I first moved here, but it just hasn't been an issue.

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