Hodgepodge wrote: The total cost of equipment for me to do this is about $700 (ordered off the internet, local prices are near double)..
I had given thought to that type of solution, but then I'd have an electronic leash (aka cell phone) and I like being able to use my old roatary dial phones when the lighting strikes fry the electronic phones. If landline goes the way of the dodo, its a way to go. Lots of folks don't realize that cell service is basically radio and lots of issues can be solved by amplifiers and improved antennas. In the early days of cell (the brick style phone) I could make calls from inside the Lincoln / Holland Tunnels and from inside of steel framed buildings. But the cell sites had high wattage and my phone was high wattage, so many of the towers are down to 0.125 watts due to location.
Hodgepodge wrote:I know 3 people using Wildblue, 2 hate it and one loves it. Likely a matter of perspective or expectations. I don't see anything substantially different between Wildblue and Exede other than a name change.
If the specs are right and since its a different technology it should be a big difference. For example you can do VoIP (Voice over Internet Proctocal) which means you can cut the cord to Grandma Bell's offspring and use Vonnage, etc for phone. Can't do that with Wild Blue and Hughesnet at present.
Lawman wrote:Dave, I can get Excede where I live. Do you think it would be any better than Hughes?
If I read the specs right, yes. Until I test it, I don't have a clue. I've done speed tests on hughes net on neighor's system and with the accelator programs I'm faster on dial-up, and cheaper then her setup, as long a I don't do movies, music, heavy graphic sites. Being a charter member of the ASCII Bandwithe perervation socieity, I am that the net was designed for text, not images.