|By Winkler1 (Winkler1) on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 05:50 pm:|
Is anyone using Starband - satellite based broadband? I'm researching it for my stepdad up in the sticks of NH - where you can't get cable, never mind cable modem :)
My sense from deja and google so far is that many of the kinks have been worked out, though it's still based on a shaky USB modem, but would like to hear if anyone has strong 1st/2nd hand opinions.
PS. Am using a cool service called gotomypc.com to do remote control of home PC over the 'net..it works well, has a good security story and is free first month.
|By Timmy Tuner (Tatertot) on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 06:12 pm:|
I believe Gar was going to resort to satellite-based net access. Did you end up doing this, Gar, or has the crunch hit too hard to consider the expense?
|By Timmy Tuner (Tatertot) on Friday, September 28, 2001 - 02:44 pm:|
Gar, have you thought anymore about doing a point-to-point 802.11 network and splitting the cost of DSL or cable on the far end? Check out these links I got from Boing Boing today:
You can build a directional antenna using nothing more than a Pringles can, some PVC pipe, and various hardware. Total cost, about $6.50 apiece.
From the O'Reilly article:
"Apparently, antennas of comparable gain cost upwards of $150. Over a clear line of sight, with short antenna cable runs, a 12db to 12db can-to-can shot should be able to carry an 11Mbps link well over ten miles."
|By Gareth Branwyn (Gareth) on Friday, September 28, 2001 - 04:33 pm:|
Believe it or not, I have cable broadband now! They installed in last week!!! Woo-hoo. Smooth install. Everything works fine. Comcast finally came through. At least something in my life is going well at the moment.
Someone here should do a piece for ST on these "parasitic grid" networks using Wi-Fi. Anybody interested?
|By Timmy Tuner (Tatertot) on Friday, September 28, 2001 - 07:25 pm:|
OK, I just ordered an Orinoco Gold card - I've been wanting to for a while, but needed a justification. Thanks, Gar! There's a Starbuck's a block from my house, and according to the incredibly cool PDX Wireless map, there's an open access point about that far, too.
Check it out, it was only $101 with free shipping!
http://www.z-buy.com is the site address. Hope I didn't get ripped off :)
|By Winkler1 (Winkler1) on Saturday, September 29, 2001 - 02:31 pm:|
very cool stuff..unfortunately, he's really in a valley, and it's hard to get line of sight very far.
WildBlue is supposed to deliver 3 mpbs via satellite sometime next year..drool drool..