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This is incredible. Those speeds from a satellite connection are amazing. I've dealt with HughesNet and while the download speed was (barely) passable the upload speed was dismal. Do I have to buy a Tesla to get in good with our buddy Elon and hope for a beta invitation? ;)


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Interesting. On the ships I have worked on, they use a few different types of satellite based internet and VOIP phone. It's.... um.... ok. Better than nothing. Better than old dial up. Weather gives it a problem and atmospherics. Can't tell you how many times I was screwing with the antenna to keep a customer happy, and tech support was telling me I moved into a bad area. Usually I was like screw yourself buddy...... we haven't moved a foot in more than 6 months... (or whatever the time frame was).

It's been a little while, and I am sure it has gotten better. Would love to see them start giving competition to the terrestrial wire/fiber based networks. There will most likely be pretty significant prices or caps on high data usage though I would assume.
 

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Old satellite pings were in the upper 300~ms
The new stuff is supposed to be closer in and have much faster response times

Gonna be interesting!
 

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so not geosynchronous?
Recent launches by the SpaceX rockets have brought the total up to 800 satillites in low Earth orbit. Seems like a mesh network in space.


Elon Musk's SpaceX launches controversial Starlink satellites

But that makes for a lot of traffic in orbit. Astronomers are complaining. I wonder how it will affect future NASA launches.

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Starlink review from an actual user.


That's a pretty great review. That guy practically lives off the grid. His Youtube channel is all about homesteading, good stuff. Thanks for sharing that!


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My understanding on this is that unlike the current satellite internet providers where you have to point your dish at a single point near the equator, there are bunches of these things in orbit and you connect to one while it's flying over and then switch to the next one, etc. Much like a cell phone network.
 

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I was notified this morning it's available to me. I downloaded the starlink app and checked to see if I had enough clear area for the dish. Unfortunately, I'd have to cut down a lot of trees for it to work, even if mounted on the apex of my house. View to the north, northeast and northwest looking up about 25 degrees must be completely unobstructed. Sux this won't work as all I can get other than Hughes net is 4G internet. I'll never go the Hughes route again, was absolutely horrible when we had it before.
 

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I was notified this morning it's available to me. I downloaded the starlink app and checked to see if I had enough clear area for the dish. Unfortunately, I'd have to cut down a lot of trees for it to work, even if mounted on the apex of my house. View to the north, northeast and northwest looking up about 25 degrees must be completely unobstructed. Sux this won't work as all I can get other than Hughes net is 4G internet. I'll never go the Hughes route again, was absolutely horrible when we had it before.
would a tower be an option?

I'm 4G. Rarely do I have a complaint about it. I can generally stream multiple screens and surf the web.
 

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We talked about a tower, but I think the cost would be too great to justify. Our 4G hotspot averages 5 Mbps and dips as low as 500k, so not great for streaming multiple TV's. We live in a deeply wooded remote area and the only open area is to our south. What sux is DSL is available 3 miles down the road from us.
 

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yah, give it a few years, and 5G should be all you need, until the brain tumors kill you.
 
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