How bad is satellite internet service?
June 25, 2014 9:53 AM Subscribe
I'm considering buying a house in rural Vermont where cable and dsl internet are not available, and mobile phone service is spotty. It seems the only option would be satellite internet through a provider such as HughesNet
. Would this be a huge mistake?
posted by bobafet to Computers & Internet (22 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm pretty wary of satellite internet, especially after reading this previous question
from 2011. Have things improved at all in the last few years? I see HughesNet is now advertising their "Gen4" offering, which is supposedly faster, although the speeds listed are much slower (and more expensive) than typical cable services - plus I'm not sure that they will even be able to deliver on the speeds they promise. I would love to hear from any current subscribers about the performance and customer service of HughesNet or any other similar satellite internet services. Am I right to be worried about this, or is it not as bad as I fear?
The most critical use is for work which would involve email, instant messaging, web browsing, skype, webex/join.me type applications, and occasional vpn (I think that last one will be the worst). Being able to stream movies would also be nice. Not much of a gamer.