Review by shortround
Good "Much faster then my dial up, good service if there is a problem"
- Location: Beloit,Rock,WI
- Cost: $80 per month (24 month contract)
Bad "Much slower then cable would be but cable is not available"
Overall "Best deal I can get at the moment for the money"
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(ratings well above consensus)
I have had Wildblue now for almost four years. For the most part I am happy
with it. There have been times of slow downs and occasionally no service
but that doesn't happen very often and usually doesn't last long either.
I have internet by satellite because there is NO cable out where I live.
The companies don't want to run cables to where there might only be two or
three homes hooked up. So for me it is either wildblue or hughsenet.
My dial up never runs faster then 24Kb/sec. Wildblue runs at about 1-1.5 MB/sec.
I checked out hughesnet about six months ago to make sure I was getting the best deal for my money and it was going to cost me the same monthly fee WITH a new 2 year contract so why switch?
Hughes rates the download bandwidth differently so it was a bit confusing,
bare with me. IF I have it correctly, @ 350 MB per 24 hour period as your
limit, that adds up to a 30 day limit of 10500 MB per month. For the same
$80 per month Wildblue allows me 17000 MB with no 24 hour limit. That seems
like a better deal to me.
For $110 per month hughes will allow you 2.0 MB per second and 13500 MB per month. That is a bit faster then wildblue download speed but still short of the maximum bandwidth with wildblue and at $30 per month more money.
At least until some company runs truly high speed cable out here I must
stay with Wildblue. When my grandkids come to visit I see my monthly
allowance approach the bandwidth limit occasionally. If I was with
Hughesnet it would be turned off on many occasions when Wildblue is still
If my grandkids want to download videos, I tell them to take their netbooks
to McDonalds and do it there on somebody else' penny.
I do a lot of research via the net and I usually have 40-50% of my
bandwidth allowance available.
Watching youtube videos will sometimes put me up to 80% of my allowance but
with one day of inactivity it will drop to 65% so it is not a major
For the time being, wildblue is the best solution for me. But with speed of
of only 1.5M and 17000MB of limit per month cable would be a major improvement.
Sigh, maybe someday high speed cable will make out here to the boondocks. At least for now I have peace and quiet to go with my slow internet.
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