How can I speed up sattlite internet,
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Posted 11 November 2007 - 07:10 AM
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Posted 11 November 2007 - 07:53 AM
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Posted 11 November 2007 - 11:08 AM
As said before, satellite internet is slow to respond because the data needs to go from the ground to the satellite, back to the ground and from there on over wires. So, if you normally have a 150ms latency, a satellite could easily add up another 500ms to it, and you can do nothing about it.
If you have quite some funds, perhaps you could pay someone to run a wire to your location? I assume there are companies willing to lay you a long wire(Or a bundle) so you can share that with the rest of your 'community'.
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Posted 11 November 2007 - 11:54 AM
Getting a fibre connection is definitly the best option, but ofcourse its expensive if you live far from any real civilization, RLAN could be a far cheaper option (a radio tower can cover quite large distances at a reasonably low cost, and still provide low latencies and reasonable datarates).
a cache system is definitly doable, (most web proxies should be able to act as a cache server aswell)
here is a list with a whole bunch of caching proxy servers (some are free, some are not).
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Posted 11 November 2007 - 12:33 PM
First off, Satellite is always going to have high latency (pings in the 800 range) That is because of the distance to the satellite and back to earth. Nothing can be done for the latency.
For the speed however, I have hughesnet at the moment (the worst company in the world if your stuff breaks I might add) You need to realize that whatever the satellite company says is the download speed....well in reality it will be about 1/2 that. So Hughes brags about 600K, well it is about 300K if your lucking on a good day and a magic Unicorn standing next to your dish.
Signal strength is a big one. Make sure you have about 70 or higher. otherwise packets start getting lost.
On most satellite packages you are provided an IP for a proxy that caches things. You have to set this up in your internet connections are, not in the browser. I have found (even thought it periodically needs uninstalled and reinstalled) Google Accelerator speeds things up. It is a cache server for google items which is what everyone uses anyhow.
Also remember this. Satellite companies like any IP company will put lots of peoople on the same subnet, meaning you are sharing bandwidth. A lot of time they will keep putting people on the same subnet till people start bitching. So start bitching and tell them you want on a subnet with fewer people. They will tell you they can't like 100 X but if you keep bitching they will eventually move you.
That is about it. In a nutshell satellite sucks, and Hughesnet sucks more than anyone. That is why I am going to put up a WiMax antenna in the nearest town and beam it to my house deep in the forest.
I hope this helps. If you can find a town with broad band nearby, you could get a WiMax antenna and do the same.
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 12:38 AM
Thanks for all the info so far. Also the prices of anything will be absorbed by every one.