I'm likely to be moving to an area where the standard broadband is likely to
be quite slow, with no option currently for any fibre connection. I'm
looking around at alternatives in case the broadband really is unworkable -
there's no heavy gaming going on but the potential grief if the kids can't
watch their banal Minecraft YouTube videos or SWMBO can't get on to Netflix
could be bad.
Does anyone have experience of satellite broadband, I know it's relatively
expensive but can it deliver speeds anything near what it claims? We're
likely to have a standard Sky dish, would it work through this?
Any other options I should be thinking about?
Have you been hood winked by the marketing? Outside of relatively
small areas that Virgin Media do actual Fibre To The Premises (FTTP)
nearly all so called "Superfast Fibre Broadband" is really Fibre To
The Cabinet (FTTC).
Wander across to the availability checker that ought to be found on
the County Council/BDUK website for the area in question. If the
copper line distance from the *cabinet* to the premises is < 1 km you
should get superfast downloads, ie > 24 Mbps, rising to 76 Mbps if
the line is less than 300 ish m.
The above should tell you which exchange you are likely to be
connected to and where it is located. Feed that into Sam Knows
https://www.samknows.com/ and see what ADSL services are available.
ADSL runs from the exchange.
ADSL2+ (up to 24 Mbps) should give > 20 Mbps over about 1.5 km, > 10
Mps to just under 3 km.
ADSL2 (up to 8 Mbps) should give 8 Mbps to about 2.5 km, 2 Mbps to
about 4.5 km.
2 Mbps is the minimum "universal access" speed that *everyone* should
be able to get and is just about enough for SD Youtube/iPlayer.
Speed depends how many arms and legs you want to cut off. B-)
No almost certainly a different satellite and the signal is much
weaker than the TV ones. Larger dish, maybe 24" dia, pointing
3G or 4G mobile? More arms and legs...
Looking at the link below the rentals are reasonable. But you don't
get much download allowance at the cheap end.
Compared to what? The speeds I see on the link below knock spots of
my ADSL2 (ADSL2+ in not available) of 5 Mbps down 0.5 Mbps up.
Yes, the latency is bad.
Other suppliers are available.
The biggest snag I can see with satellite and 3/4G is the restriction
on use. If wifey watches one Netflix movie (~90 mins) an evening
that'll be in the order of 2 GB download or 60 GB/month, add on kids
YouTubing and > 100 GB/month is on the cards.
We (2 + 1) normally manage to be just under 100 GB, (plenty of
Youtube from the +1, maybe 5 hours of iPlayer downloads week, normal
browsing/email is nothing). When it becomes 2 + 2 and Netflix gets a
hammering 200 GB can be tight.
Yes, all that and of course the back channel is through the phone line so no
mga uploads, Most wireless alternatives have the latency problem, but sat
based home systems are by far the worst due to the speed of light and the
distance to the downlink sat.
Might be worth testing 4g if it exists where you are going, but I doubt it.
and 3g would be a bit slow. Unless you can find some other way, I think you
are sunk basically.
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3G+ will do ~20Mbps iff you have a decent high gain directional aerial
and are prepared to work at setting it up exactly right. Contention
ratios at busy times of day and data charges are an issue though.
Likes of Solwise have kit that will support doing this sort of thing.
I think you need a correctly aligned dish (not to 28.2e) and special LNB.
AIUI it is very much a solution of last resort. An ADSL line that syncs
at say 1500 kbps is better, though I would not claim that is good enough
for Netflix and just about tolerable for YouTube.
If you describe where it is you are moving to it is possible for a local
expert to look up what capabilities are available there.
Netflix could easily be marginal to non-existent on rural broadband.
There are local microwave based links in various rural communities NYNet
in North Yorkshire run several with coverage theoretically where I live
but in practice the requirement for strict line of sight prevents me
from getting it. It piggy backs onto schools broadband.
I could use 3G with an external aerial here (and I do as a backup when
my fixed line is down). Data charges sting a bit on 3G typically
~£3-4/GB depending on whose you use. The 3G is faster than fixed line.
Satellite tends to have terrible latency and these days is a solution of
last resort. Most rural lines can support at least ~1Mbps. There are a
few dead spots where 256k is pushing it on corroded old aluminium.
Ballpark you need streaming at >1.5M for basic TV and ~4M for HDTV.
THREE has the fastest 3G HSDCP signal in the UK.
I regularly get between 10 and 20Gbps down and 3+ Gbps where I
live(indoors). They are also one of the cheapest for unlimited mobile
My landline broadband speeds are 6.5 Gbps down and a paltrey 0.7Gbps
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