We don't use Satellite here but I do a little consulting on the side
and have clients that do.
You must have a clear view of the southern sky (no mountains or trees
in the way. can be tough in VT). If you don't, you may have to look at
something else like ISDN; slow compared to other services but twice as
fast as dialup..
The 2 largest companies are Starband www.starband.com and direcway
They have local agents that do the installations; usually vendors that
sell satellite TV as well. Satellite can be flaky and support can be
spotty. I found on the net someone chronicling a year's worth of support
contacts with Earthlink (They use the Hughes DirecWay network). The
story is a nightmare but it is only one example and I wouldn't let that
color doing something directly with Direcway. I have a client that uses
Starband. When he has called tech support himself, he has not had a
satisfying experience. When I have called tech support on his behalf, I
have gotten what I needed but there were times that it took some work. I
can't recommend one over the other. Direcway has been around longer
(formally DirecPC) but I think Starband came out with Mac support
Weather is an issue. Satellite usually goes down in storms and there
can be performance issues on heavily overcast days.
Despite these shortcomings, it may be your best option. Good luck.
David Tisdell. Computer Coordinator
Mt. Mansfield Union High School
211 Browns Trace
Jericho, VT 05465
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One of our schools in the district is still on dialup due to location.
This summer we will be installing a new Mac OSX server and a mobile lab
this building. I really need a higher speed internet option and DSL
cable are not available. I was wondering if you could offer
as to what companies you are using for satellite access, what type of
firewall, and if you are satisfied with the setup.
Elementary Technology Coordinator
Orange Southwest Supervisory Union
Randolph, VT 05060
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