I do NOT know whether or not Wild Blue doesn't allow standard NG usage, but...they had better. I've got a shitload full of contract breakers already, and DSL is on its way. My satellite was down for more than 24 hours starting yesterday morning. Reason? Rain. And when the rain was over, there was fairly moderate fog, which also puts it in the toilet. In fact, any light mist does. Just before 2 p.m. today, some five hours AFTER the rain stopped completely, the satellite came back up. Three hours later, it went down for another hour. Wny? I dunno. Maybe it didn't like the sunshine.
This is chronic: I've been bumped off line for more than three days at a time, and I've been down for 10-12 hours a mess of times. Any light rain or moderate fog does it.
I was told only heavy snow did that, which is the case with our TV (DirecTV) satellite.
Call to see if a repair type can come out and you're notified that you're past your 90 day warranty period, thus there's a charge of 99 bucks just for the repair turkey to show up. I had to tell them three times not to send him/her/it. The third time I said I'd have a deputy here waiting to arrest him for trespassing. He didn't come.
The only other time I bothered calling, it was raining lightly, the satellite was down, and I was told they were not responsible for "acts of God." I guess not. Usually, it's damp when the thing goes down. Often, though, it's a clear evening or a sunny afternoon, such as this one. Those are "acts of God," too, one would imagine.
Oh, yeah. Speed. It definitely is faster than our dial-up connection, maybe even three times as fast. And about 2% as stable. I've never had dial-up go down as long as we had power.
I bought an alignment kit, and was going to get my stepson to check the thing out, but one of my friends informed me that is not legal. If I were able to get up to the satellite, I'd say F..K the illegality, but I don't want to get the youngster in trouble, just in case.
Maybe VA will actually do something with my knees this year, and I can straighten up the satellite.
And, now, onward and upward and try to get a decent NG set up.