*snip: list of problems*
On February 29th, Wildblue switched everyone over to Google's services.
This means no NNTP access. Their newsgroup domains now point to Google
Groups. If all you do is text groups (and not a lot of binary groups),
Astraweb will provide you with 90GB (promotional) of Usenet downloads for
This also means Wildblue's not running email servers, NNTP servers, and
maybe not even web servers anymore. The price, of course, will stay the
You purchased your equipment (that's what the $400 install fee was), so I
don't see any reason it should be illegal to adjust your dish. Check your
service contract first, though.
Internet via satellite is much more sensitive than TV by satellite, so you
need it secured well. The dish got misaligned the next day and the
installer came back out and added a second brace. It's been good and
fairly steady ever since. (It still goes out for storms and things, but so
does the TV satellite.)
Turn off the proxy optimiser thing and see if that helps you out any on
speed. (In IE, look under Internet Options> Connection> Local Area
Network, and uncheck the "use a proxy server" box.) Sometimes that gets
overloaded and slows your connection down.
Satellite's biggest problem is latency. Some pages don't load any faster
than on dialup because the signal has to travel up and down several times
to grab all the information. On a download, satellite is usually quite a
bit faster than dialup. For regular surfing, it feels about the same.
(It's usually a little faster.)
FWIW, I'm a Wildblue customer. I'm not affiliated with Wildblue other than
that. We don't exactly have an option other than maybe Hughesnet... AT&T
says DSL is available here, AT&T says DSL is not available here. Oh yeah,
one more note: Dish Network's Internet is Wildblue resold. The difference
is you lease the equipment for $300 rather than buying it for $400.
Marching to the beat of a different drum is great... unless you're in
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