grohgregDunno. Ask The Chief
Dawson Springs, KY
Well, I probably helps that I'm a retired telecommunications/satcom engineer. But my point was not reliability, it was cost. But it should be noted that I've owned Hughes hardware that lasted 6+ years without failure. I've been a Hughes subscriber for 12 years now, so I do have a pretty good frame of reference.
I was actually addressing the long term cost of lease vs buy. Again, I don't have the exact dollar figure to buy this new stuff. But historically - when rebates are considered - I can buy the hardware for one up-front payment equivalent to ~18 months of lease fees. After that, you're still paying. I'm not. Plus, I'm also protected by the regular hardware warranty for 24 months as well. After that - like you said - I have the option to buy a "better alternative"
HN7000S - 98cm Prodelin/2w "pure" Osiris - ProPlus - G16/1001H - NOC:GTN - NAT 220.127.116.11 - Gateway 18.104.22.168 - DNS 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 - Firefox 15/MSIE9 - AV/Firewalled by NIS2012