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What's the real deal with rural (satellite?) Internet?

I am in a new job where I can telecommute from anywhere (yay!) and am thinking about buying some property in a rural area in upstate New York where Internet is spotty. But my job requires a lot of video chatting — what can I expect to pay for top-quality Internet in a woodland paradise? Will there be usage fees? Can I actually video chat? [more inside]
posted by aoleary on Oct 27, 2015 - 23 answers

Slow internet (ADSL) since new router - is it my line attenuation?

Nothing's changed with my connection apart from I swapped out the router. So in theory microfilters etc shouldn't come into it as I simply swapped the ADSL cable that went into the back of the old router and put it into the new one. [more inside]
posted by dance on Jul 21, 2015 - 5 answers

cable modem to wireless router troubleshooting

I've got a Arris SB6141 cable modem. When I hardline into it, I get over 100 Mbps down and about 20 Mbps up. When I connect it to a Linksys N-Ultra WRT160N broadband router, I get 0.5 Mbps down and 12 (?!) Mbps up. What gives, and how can I get more speed through my router?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 21, 2015 - 9 answers

Monkeybrains vs. Comcast/Wave in (Mission) San Francisco

Will be moving to the Mission, trying to decide between my internet options. Monkeybrains is cheap, local, awesome, but not as fast as Comcast, who suck, are expensive, but very fast. Do you have experience with either? [more inside]
posted by danny the boy on May 13, 2015 - 12 answers

Egnyte. Extynguish.

Why do large file transfers to and from Egnyte fail when using my home broadband connection? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Dec 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Which UK broadband dongle is compatible with Yosemite?

I need to buy a Pay As You Go (no contract) dongle for broadband (4G would be great but 3G is acceptable) in the UK. It seemed like Vodaphone had the best options and prices, but their forums are saying that they don't work with Macs running Yosemite. Any experience or recommendations, on both devices and networks, would be helpful. Thanks in advance!
posted by cushie on Nov 13, 2014 - 2 answers

best bare-bones broadband in blighty?

I'm so sorry, "blighty" is a word that I've never, ever used before. But it begins with B, so it just kind of popped out. Anyway: my BT HomeHub 3 is shot - and they won't send me a new one unless I renew my contract. But their prices suck, so I'm looking for a different provider. Any ideas or recommendations? Thanks... [more inside]
posted by rd45 on Nov 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Is there a 3G/4G wireless router that takes multiple SIM cards/dongles?

I'm based in the UK and will be spending a week somewhere that has no broadband. The reception on most networks seems to be changeable though it's strongest on Vodafone. Is there a 3G/4G wireless router that can take multiple SIM cards or dongles so that I can connect together more than one network and thus maximise my chances of getting connectivity?
posted by skylar on Jul 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Best internet provider in St. Louis

Should we use Charter or AT&T? [more inside]
posted by molla on Jun 3, 2014 - 4 answers

[Australia filter] Weirdness with Telstra connection in rented house

I'm trying to get a phone line and broadband set up in the house I'm renting. When the Telstra technician came round to set up the connection, he gave up and left without completing the order because it appears the phone sockets on the walls aren't connected to the line to crosses the boundary from the Telstra pit outside the property. WTF? [more inside]
posted by infinitejones on Nov 21, 2013 - 18 answers

I'd like to buy 6 months of unlimited Internet in England.

I'm moving house next weekend and new place does not have WiFi. It's a six month lease and I'll probably be moving out of the country after that. I use a lot of internet (streaming music, downloading podcasts, films, sending large files, using cloud services, etc.) and so I need something unlimited or pretty near it. Everything I'm seeing online so far is either too much £ for too little internet (£20 for 2GB per month, seriously??) or too much commitment (12-18 month contracts for phone, broadband and TV). I only need internet. What are my options, if any? Thanks!
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Windows 7 and the unseen wireless router

I've been blessed with the task of finding out why my father's windows 7 laptop can't connect to his new Virgin Media Broadband router. The laptop can't find the router, and I can't find a fix... [more inside]
posted by Inner Universe on Feb 16, 2013 - 4 answers

How do I buy a fast internet connection in Dallas / Fort Worth, TX?

How do I buy a fast internet connection in Dallas / Fort Worth, TX? [more inside]
posted by GPF on Feb 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Short-term Internet service in London

I am studying abroad for the semester in London. My flat mates and I are looking for an Internet solution that doesn't require a contract. We picked up a 3G hotspot from Three but it isn't very fast. Is it possible to get actual broadband service without a 12- or 18-month contract?
posted by Kronios on Jan 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Why is My Download Speed 10x Faster than my Upload?

Download Speed is 5.4 MPS, Upload 0.54 - Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Nov 21, 2012 - 13 answers

European Broadband

Why is Western Europe dragging its heels on implementing Fiber based broadband? [more inside]
posted by JPD on Aug 9, 2012 - 18 answers

What is "latency"?

In regard to satellite internet service, can you explain “latency” to me? I’m currently a Hughesnet customer and get a deplorable 1.5 mbps. A new satellite will go online later this summer, and though download speeds will supposedly greatly increase, I’m told there will still be a latency issue. I’ve poked around online, but the explanations don’t really address the practical issues, like, can I play realtime games online and finally log on to secure sites without them timing out?
posted by jackypaper on Jun 30, 2012 - 7 answers

Please help me understand cable internet technology.

Please help me understand cable technology. Why is it that my cable company can deliver hundreds of high quality TV channels but not an internet service that seems just as fast? [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Jun 25, 2012 - 11 answers

Handy und Internet

Moving to Berlin from San Francisco in October, and I'd like some advice for finding both a cell phone plan and a broadband service for my apartment. [more inside]
posted by Yiggs on Jun 12, 2012 - 3 answers

In search of broadband

I have recently moved to Culver City (Southern California) and I need the best broadband available. [more inside]
posted by digdan on Jun 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Cheapest, fastest internet in the emerald city?

What are my options for broadband residential internet in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on May 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Why is my broadband acting weirdly?

Why does my wireless router stop some devices from accessing the web every now and then. [more inside]
posted by xchmp on May 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Dish Network bundles

How do Dish Network TV/phone/broadband bundles work? Anyone have any experience? [more inside]
posted by ackptui on May 5, 2012 - 3 answers

Mobile broadband in Australia, but cheap

Seeking mobile broadband on the cheap in SE Queensland, Australia. [more inside]
posted by dg on May 3, 2012 - 9 answers

What's the cheapest, easiest way to offer monthly wireless broadband for a granny with a laptop?

My grandma lives in Las Vegas and got her hands on a MacBook Pro, but doesn't have a cell phone, digital cable, or any kind of Internet access. She lives on a very small Social Security payment, but wants to access the web to see her grandkids. What's the most affordable, simplest option currently available for cheap wireless broadband in Vegas (Zip code 89121) with a USB modem? [more inside]
posted by waxpancake on Apr 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Does anyone have a film recommendation that links cooperative business and community to telecomm industry / Internet / broadband?

Does anyone have a film recommendation that links cooperative business and community to telecomm industry / Internet / broadband? [more inside]
posted by franklen on Apr 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Keeping connection alive with pinging

My Windows Live Mail loses connection with Verizon Broadband Card, how can I create a constant ping to keep connection alive? [more inside]
posted by sandyp on Feb 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Live Mail and Verizon Broadband

Dell Laptop with Verizon Broadband Card - Live Mail issue. Help please. [more inside]
posted by sandyp on Dec 31, 2011 - 4 answers

Broadband in the Greater LA area?

Broadband recommendations for the Long Beach/Greater L.A. area? There is, of course, a catch... [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on Dec 18, 2011 - 10 answers

Can I rent bandwidth for a day?

Where can I rent bandwidth for a few hours? [more inside]
posted by MrBobaFett on Nov 18, 2011 - 6 answers

When something seems too good to be true...

I am looking into an "unlimited" ADSL2 broadband service, offered by TPG in Australia. It seems like an unusually good deal - enough to make me suspicious that there's some kind of hidden catch. I was hoping someone would be able to confirm/refute my doubts. [more inside]
posted by chmmr on Nov 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Academic Sources on Community Broadband needed

Can anyone help me find academic or empirical sources to reference/cite in a law paper about state laws that prohibit local communities from building their own broadband networks? [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Oct 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Does the espn app have video ads?

Does the WatchESPN app have ads before the video starts (on live events or on demand video)? Canadian seeking info from those with US app store access! [more inside]
posted by kilikina73 on Aug 3, 2011 - 1 answer

Best prepaid mobile broadband in the U.S.

What's the best prepaid mobile broadband service for use in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Aug 2, 2011 - 2 answers

o2 thinband, unfair useage policy

My 'unlimited' broadband supplier (O2) has scolded me for exceeding its fair usage limit of 40GB. I see this as unfair. What would be the most effective way to complain? [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Jun 9, 2011 - 20 answers

Republic of Fatpipe

What are the best nations for broadband both in terms of speed and price, and why? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Mar 28, 2011 - 4 answers


NON-Comcast broadband internet options for SW/west Portland, OR metro area (incl. Beaverton/Tigard)? [more inside]
posted by Ky on Nov 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Best 4g broadband deal in Seattle?

4g Wireless broadband in Seattle: I'm considering replacing my Qwest DSL with 4g wireless broadband. (A cable modem solution isn't available in my building.) Also, I think I'd be purchasing the home modem version of the plan upon which I decide. I have plenty of mobile internet with my iPhone. Fast enough to stream netflix is my benchmark. It seems like Sprint is the best deal. What say you? Thanks!
posted by letstrythis on Nov 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Municipality provides broadband infrastructure; ISPs provide content?

Smart people: I'm trying to understand the issues relating to municipal broadband. It seems to me -- a complete layperson, understand -- that the proper approach here is obvious: The municipality should build out the fiber infrastructure, and leave the provision of services open to private ISPs. What is the current thinking on this issue? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Oct 20, 2010 - 10 answers

What can a library do with 1 Gigabyte broadband?

So, practically speaking, what would 1 gigabit broadband internet get for a place? [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Sep 22, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me find a suitable UK broadband provider.

I'm looking for a broadband provider for the UK who'll give me a contract of 6 months or less, don't require a phone line (not essential but preferred), and provide a speed/download limit suitable for a house of 4 typical 20-something Internet users. I can't find one. Help me?
posted by Kirn on Sep 2, 2010 - 13 answers

Broadband Card downloading

I have a laptop with a Verizon Broadband Card with a 5G plan allowance a month. I have no idea how far this will go, for example if I download a 2 hour movie off Netflix how much of my 5G would it use? Does it download the movie and then quit using the 5G while I am watching the movie?
posted by sandyp on Aug 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Broadband shmroadband -- how do I track how slow my laptop runs?

How do I track how slow my laptop really is going? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Aug 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Open my eyes to proper broadband

After years of broadband with low download caps (currently 14gb/month), I finally will have 120gb/month from next month. How to take advantage of this new freedom? [more inside]
posted by kid A on Aug 14, 2010 - 7 answers

Please help me find a way to find research

I need help finding research to inform research that I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Jul 29, 2010 - 9 answers

Best broadband in Chicago?

What's the best broadband solution in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Jul 5, 2010 - 12 answers

High-speed firewall for home useage

How do I find a firewall for at home that can deal with a very fast (32-100 Mbit) cable connection in Switzerland? [more inside]
posted by eurandom on Apr 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Where is the line?

What legal barriers prevent ISPs from violating their users' privacy? [more inside]
posted by finite on Apr 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Mobile broadband recommendations?

Mobile broadband recommendations? [more inside]
posted by kprincehouse on Mar 29, 2010 - 10 answers

Make the switch to Mobile Broadband????

Switching to mobile broadband...not sure if now is the best time???? I live alone and mainly use a laptop...right now my ISP is Roadrunner and I have my own wireless router attached to it. I pay about $35/mo. about 1/2 of my internet/cable bundle bill of $70 or so. [more inside]
posted by mdn31 on Feb 23, 2010 - 5 answers

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