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  1. #1
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    What Are My Internet Options?

    I have a house on a small lake that's not serviced by DSL or cable.

    Is satellite my only high speed internet option? I've read so many horror stories about satellite broadband that I'm really afraid of it.

    I'd like to be able to use my laptop while visiting the place.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Badger
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    Have you looked into Hughes net? They have a wireless internet service. also, there are many 4G phone services that have internet capability. Is there cell service?

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    I have a similar problem... no high speed... so I am stuck with dial up... It is a pain... but at least I get on the net.... albeit very slowly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggit View Post
    Have you looked into Hughes net? They have a wireless internet service. also, there are many 4G phone services that have internet capability. Is there cell service?
    We have excellent cell service to the area. I'll look into that. The HughesNet gets such awful reviews I'll take that as a last option only. Most people tell me dialup is better than satellite.

    The 4G phone services is something I know almost nothing about. I use a simple basic Cell phone because I never cared for all those added gimmicks. I'll have to look into it.

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by bartholomewroberts View Post
    I have a similar problem... no high speed... so I am stuck with dial up... It is a pain... but at least I get on the net.... albeit very slowly
    I remember when we used dialup. It's better than nothing but not much. DSL has really spoiled us.
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    I am in that situation. I use 4g cell service,, it is fantastic.. it is portable, battery powered hotspot or you can leave it plugged in and it is a hot spot. I use it for my computer, wifes' computer and as a router for my wireless printer. (I use my laptop when going on trips,if wife is driving, and you do not have to look for a hotspot.

    Bad news,, 5 gig/mo. and anything over that is an extra charge. I have barely scratched half of that for a month though.
    I don't stream music or video very much anyway.
    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michigan Badger View Post
    We have excellent cell service to the area. I'll look into that. The HughesNet gets such awful reviews I'll take that as a last option only. Most people tell me dialup is better than satellite.

    The 4G phone services is something I know almost nothing about. I use a simple basic Cell phone because I never cared for all those added gimmicks. I'll have to look into it.

    Thanks
    If you have a smart phone with a data package there is a way to use it to piggyback your laptop too.




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    True TH. They can be a hot spot too. But the wireless company told me that you cannot use the smart phone as a phone when you are using it for internet. No prob for some, but it is a big deal for us. (I don't have a smart phone, and no data package, so I put it with my cell bill, costs 48$/ month more)

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    Thanks for all the comments from everyone.

    I love DSL and will really miss it. I'm a heavy movie watcher online so with the cell phone arrangements that's a thing of the past for me. Bummer!
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    Virizon MiFi. The unit fits in the palm of your hand. Works on it's internal battery or a plugin. $30 a month and it's 4G if you are in a good area. It can handle about 5 PC's at once. Your movie viewing might up the price. FrankName:  hand print-2_edited-3.jpg
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    CANTENNA

    This is all I've used for the past 6 years. Literally made from a soup can. Pulls in WIFI signals from up to 2 miles away [sometimes more] and this one is average. I bought mine on ebay before learning that you can make them for less than $5.

    Cantenna


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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankn View Post
    Virizon MiFi. The unit fits in the palm of your hand. Works on it's internal battery or a plugin. $30 a month and it's 4G if you are in a good area. It can handle about 5 PC's at once. Your movie viewing might up the price. FrankName:  hand print-2_edited-3.jpg
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    Thanks.
    I think the area of our cabin only has 3G at this time. I've heard they'll have 4G by mid summer. Personally I don't understand this 4G stuff but I suppose it just means faster service.

    At our main home we have top level DSL and that has really spoiled us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WIT View Post


    CANTENNA

    This is all I've used for the past 6 years. Literally made from a soup can. Pulls in WIFI signals from up to 2 miles away [sometimes more] and this one is average. I bought mine on ebay before learning that you can make them for less than $5.

    Cantenna
    Thanks.
    I've used a cantenna from my office building to the corp. owned house. The house is about 200 feet from the office and it worked well inspite of having to go through a couple thick brick walls. I recently upgraded to the ALFA (sold on ebay for about $35) and love it. I got 2 to 3 bars with the cantenna and I get 5 bars with the ALFA.

    A lot depends too on the router used. At the corporation house there's a router with built-in antennas. I don't think they reach out like the external antenna routers do.

    This post is about our lake house cabin or house and there's no DSL or cable service there. I do constant business so I really have to get some sort of internet for the lake cabin.

    I'll be checking into the 3 or 4G thing this week. Everybody tells me NOT to get satellite. I guess there must be a good reason.
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    I`v used Hughes for years,no problems here ever
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    Quote Originally Posted by G.A.P.metal View Post
    I`v used Hughes for years,no problems here ever
    Thanks.
    Do you watch any movies online? I've heard they really limit this and satellite is mostly just for email and light duty surfing.
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