My learning curve about satellite internet (SI) has taught me the differences between this and wired service. My local Dealer told me that the Ping Rate (latency) was highly over rated! Well, this might be true but it’s kind of like comparing apples to oranges.
The fastest Ping Rate I have gotten with SI is just under 500 ms and the slowest was 750 ms when I chose an overseas Server to ping to. A friend on a wired service is usually about 25 ms. No matter what my up & download speeds are, I sit waiting on a connection. Sometimes this times out and quits.
My Dealer stressed how great the Boost 25 (25 Mbps) made the SI but with the slow Ping Rate this doesn’t really help. The Exede Flyer states that the upload speed is “up to” 3 Mbps with no hard data cap. Mine has never been under 2.25 Mbps until I used up all of my Data and got switched to the Liberty Pass. Then there are times that the upload part of the speed test won’t finish, so after 10 minutes I just exit from that.
My Dealer asked me how I use the internet. I told him I do mostly Emailing, reading news, some Facebook and watching a couple movies each week. He said that the Liberty 12 (12 GB / month) would be all that I needed. Well, I used up the 12 GB in 20 days and got switched to the Liberty Pass. For the last 10 days of the month I could only do my Emails and all the other sites wouldn’t load.
Since my wife was coming home from her overseas visit, I had to upgrade for the following month. My choices were between Liberty18 and Liberty 150. She likes to watch movies and “surf the ‘net” a lot, I chose Liberty 150 as 18 GB would not be enough for us. This pretty well shot down my Dealer’s hype about how SI was the cheapest and the fastest internet.
My wife was upset with how slow everything loads but we have both adjusted to this. Even with the new satellite going up maybe this year, the Ping Rate can’t improve until someone invents something faster than the speed of light!
My thoughts on all of this...