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05-24-2011 05:19 PM #1
Broadband Internet Alternatives: DSL and Cable not available
Anyone live an are where DSL nor Cable internet is available? I may be moving back to MD soon to an area of the Eastern Shore where this is the case. I telecommute so my corporate VPN needs a solid connection at the very least.
I priced a T1 line and its ~$450 to $500 a month. I afraid this is what I'll end up with. Best case, I can split it with my neighbor.
Anyone using 'Fixed Wireless' might be an option but I'll have to have a survey done to see if a tower is close enough.
I can get a 3G signal from ATT, shocking I know, but I would need to install a signal booster to ensure a consistent connection, plus the speed would be limiting and an unlimited plan would make a T1 look more appealing.
Satellite internet can't handle a VPN due to latency issues and terrible upload speeds.
Maybe I could get a T3 and start a internet coop with the neighbors
05-24-2011 05:28 PM #2
Have you looked into getting an aircard from Verizon or other wireless providers?
DSLreports.com is a good site for info and for searching for ISP's: http://www.dslreports.com/search
05-24-2011 07:08 PM #3
T1 is 1.5/1.5 but it has a higher priority so you pretty much always get a solid 1.5/1.5. I definitely wouldn't have blazing fast downloads, but consistent and reliable it would be.
A wireless data connection may be technically faster then a T1, but the reliability out in the sticks might not make it practical. And unlimited wireless data is pretty expensive. A VPN connection really piles up the bytes. I'm hoping a wireless solution exists, but there is no way to know until I get up there and try a few services out.