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High speed internet #20471 10/16/08 12:58 PM
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Unfortunately where I live I cannot get DSL. I called Time Warner and they want close to $900.00 to bring the cable to the house. Someone has suggested that I look into an air card. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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You may want to check out satellite .

I have heard mixed comments about air cards.


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Re: High speed internet #20473 10/16/08 01:27 PM
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Thanks, Is there anyone out there that uses HughesNet to give me feedback?

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Re: High speed internet #20474 10/16/08 02:51 PM
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I have Wildblue. Its ok, not the quick speed of a wired connection. The latency can be a problem for remote maintainance.

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Unfortunately where I live I cannot get DSL. I called Time Warner and they want close to $900.00 to bring the cable to the house. Someone has suggested that I look into an air card. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Please explain a little more. Do you mean they want $900 just to bring the service only to your house or do you mean they can install a cable and provide service to other customers in the area?

Either way, I think DSL is the best way to go if at all possible and that depends upon their monthly fees, and bandwidth. First of all, the installation price of any wireless or satellite system will be pretty significant in most cases, of course it may be lower if you are willing to sign a contract.

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Do you have any neighbors that you could split the cost with?

What about using a Sprint or similar card in your computer?


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Re: High speed internet #20477 10/17/08 06:18 AM
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I live in a rural area. Time Warner said that the cable plant must be extended and that would cost me almost $900.00. Most people here use satellite for their tv's. If Cinti Bell would offer DSL that would be great but they don't know when it will be available in my area. The air cards are not good for watching video which is something that we would probably do.

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I went with an air card for my business laptop about a year ago. I was not totally satisfied with the service. It was fine for email and accessing small files. It was worthless for larger files such as maps.

About 3 months ago Verizon upgrade the service so that it is broadband. It now does everything that I need and the speed is comparable to DSL. I’m very happy with it. There are people in my area who are now using this service on there home PCs.

Check with your wireless provider and see what they offer.


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I was told by Verizon that if I wanted to veiw video that the air card would not work for me and still be affordable. There are training videos that I would like to take advantage of and I want to make sure that I can.

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I had satelite internet for a while. This was 4 years ago, but unless things have changed.... I wouldn't recommend it. Downloads are metered, and once you go over your limit, you're looking at about dial up speed until some amount of time (don't remember) has passed. And forget about any decent upload speeds, pretty much mouse clicks is about all you get to transmit.

Still, it's better than dial up, but if you want consistently fast internet access... this option is off the table. For surfing, it's fine.

Downloading or gaming? Ain't gonna happen. Even the highest tier service was capped at some ridiculously low level.

I don't remember who the provider was.... I think it was a subsidary of Hughes. As I said, maybe things have changed, but I'd read the fine print very closely if you choose this route.

There was also a 1 or 2 year service contract.

And don't forget... you have all the same issues you have with satellite TV.... it was very sensitive to storms, etc.

Oh yeah - one last thing - I had to buy the dish and receiver as part of the plan.

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