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Re: O/T Satellite Internet Service Information

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We've had Hughes at the farm for years, and up until Gen4 (I may be mixing that up with Glock, but it's Gen something) it worked poorly. That changed with the Gen4. The new modem and satellite link is actually very good. Performance remains good through the evening and they have a much more usable bandwidth cap. The ping went from about 1200 to 960ms. That's a good jump and the throughput is acceptable. The service with all those companies is something you just hope you don't need to call, but with the Gen4 dish and modem, I have not had to.
Verizon wireless internet is my backup, as I've got to get to YT no matter what. It was unusable for a couple of years, signal strength was often -92 dbm. I had a omni-directional antenna, traded that for a directional antenna and it got the signal up in the range where it hardly ever drops out and performance is acceptable. It runs about -80 dbm now which is considered good enough. If your signal is marginal, that type of antenna can improve it a bit. The only drawback is you need an old 12 foot TV antenna mast, the heavy low loss coax, and you have fiddle with it to get it pointed well. If you are running the USB (e.g., a U760) it will plug right in. If you have the mifi router, you can't use an antenna, so it requires swapping for the USB device and buying a new router that can take a Wireless USB modem.

If you don't use Verizon for your cell phone, you can get the same service through Millenicom, they resell Verizon minus the cell service and have a 20GB cap rather than the 5GB cap. Problem is that you get a better deal if you have your cell and wireless internet through Verizon, but a better cap through Millenicom. There may be other companies reselling and competing now so I'd look around if you are going to stay wireless internet.

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