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  1. I'm getting Shaw next week, because Telus is unable to provide me with a better upload speed (greater than 400kbps). Shaw will do (they say 1mbps) for $15 more per month after the 6 month period. No contract, but a cancellation fee if I choose to disconnect... which i'm fine with.
  2. LOL If I had backhaul equipment, .... http://www.moonblinkwifi.com/pd_motorola_canopy_bundle_pack_spare_57ghz_300.cfm example, but ... just a sample for people Ya, wholesale/distributor get it cheaper but... not THAT much cheaper. Backhaul equipment isn't cheap. Like i've said before, you get what you pay for
  3. Xplornet never got a grant in Ontario for their development. They got it in Quebec though. Never got it in Alberta either :/ They have gotten it through Motorola apparently, among other companies. Oh ya, and Airnet has a limit. 40 gigabytes Monthly thruput limit *** See Below *** for $65/mo. As far as I am aware, Xplornet has no monthly limit on their wireless... but... alas, what can you do.
  4. Ok, uhm... I don't want to be crude but. Telesat has been full for like 2 years now. In Alberta, we're not even allowed to sell the systems anymore unless you live up in the boonies like 3 hours north of Fort McMurray. Down in the normal zones of average people and non-oilfield we are supposed to use Hughes KA. I highly suggest testing out an aircard if you have decent cell service (and if you can hold back on usage), and buying out your satellite contract. It will be cheaper than paying for something and being frustrated with it. The only risk you really have, is going over on an aircard, because the teleco companies don't treat their "rural highspeed" (yes Telus I'm looking at you) like a real solution to their inept abilities to provide REAL highspeed to their customers. They were told basically, to provide internet to the rural communities. They gave people aircards. ~$200 for and Aircard ~$20/mo. for each month on your contract with Xplornet (probably) figure it out, and think of what your sanity is worth. Make a judgment, try it before hand if you can. Some of us dealers have demo aircards. Yes I sell both systems, Xplornet and Telus. And depending what people do, I recommend one of the services or none. Tell them to stick with Dial-Up until something better comes along. It's honestly better. They may hate dialup, but they'd hate a service that charges them out the nose, or just doesn't work the way they want it to. Peace of mind goes a long way. I am able to goto sleep at night, knowing that I didn't sell a person Xplornet or Telus because where they live/work, it would drive them insane with the same service, limited amounts of transfer, or the ability to not enjoy internet connectivity... as opposed to living life a certain way until something confirmed to be better rolls along.
  5. Adding also, that download rate has ABSOLUTELY ZERO TO DO WITH STREAMING SITES. I'm not wanting to make your comments bad or meaningless... but I don't want people to read into your downloading of files from megaupload or rapidshare as being xplornet throttling the same as watching a youtube video or break.com or whatever else is streaming. Satellite Period Is Not To Be Used To Stream Content Without Paying Hundreds or Thousands Per Month For Said Service With A 3 Foot Dish companies like "galaxy broadband" do supply broadband internet. But yes, you do pay for it. It is very expensive equipment, and it is very expensive per month for said services. The normal equipment with like a 76cm dish is NOT the same as the weather monitoring stations equipment. They use 98cm+ dishes and have $4,000 modems installed. The latency is what drives it. The equipment they use, downloads said equipment, has the latency, but it also has the processing power on the satellite to perform as close to land-based as possible. You get what you pay for in that respect. $199 with free install is not youtube.com on a satellite. it doesn't work that way. You cannot play with 76ms pings on a satellite. it doesn't work that way. The absolute lowest satellite ping I have personally seen on a Hughes KU system with a 3foot dish is around 400ms. it also cost around $6,000 for said equipment because it was mobile with auto gps etc... no idea what the -gps equipment aiming hardware would be.... So when you try to say, "OMG THIS INTERNET SUCKS CAUSE I CAN'T WATCH YOUTUBE ON IT" it's not them limiting you. It's physics limiting your hardware. Sorry, but I get it all the time. People say that youtube at least downloads a bit before it starts to stop. But that's because it takes less time for it to talk to the servers as a satellite. Same reason that pages with lots of little images (MSN you bastards, not everyone is on a cable/dsl connection) with it's 2MB size, loads faster than satellite ... well... ya, of course it will. Satellite: chunks of 128kB every 40 seconds Dial-Up: chunks of 32kB every 0.2 seconds which is going to win?
  6. plug your computer directly into your module (wireless) http://169.254.1.1 Login as: username: root password: mac address goto the status page: Xplornet has a new 'standard'. Most of the systems have been upgraded to show a 'bar code' of sorts for 3.5's, and the 900's and 2.4's are to follow the following: dB > -75 for better speeds (-60 is higher than -75. It goes towards 0dB) Jitter 1-3 RSSI whatever... like 1200 or something... If your jitter is popping above 7 (like 13 or so) then you either have interference from your own house, other providers, or just a wiggling pole on your house... If any of this makes sense. Take it into your own hands. If you grab the module, try to see if you get better service by moving it around on the house. Get someone to help. I mean, it's something that Xplornet should cover, but ... good luck getting a work order. if you have the normal mounting equipment (like a bell or shawdirect grey arm), then it probably won't move around a whole bunch unless you have a 2.4 with a reflector dish, then it'll move more (like a regular satellite dish). It shouldn't make that much of a difference either way. if you have the same mounting equipment but have it like... 10ft. in the air and no guy-wires, then your module is probably wiggling around in the wind like it's a hula hoop dancer in a marathon for the last to fall contest. That would explain a high jitter. If you do have guy-wires, and your jitter spikes... then it's interference probably from other providers, or your house is just unserviceable and the installer was just trying to get the job done. You can turn on the 'spectrum analyzer' in the canopy page, so you can see the frequency's that are in the works around you. You can find out what your module's AP frequency is in the status and such, and then see in the analyzer what frequency's are in your area as well. Maybe that'll give you some insight. These are all things the installer should be doing to provide you with good service. Most of them don't. most just care about getting installs done to get paid, and then they get work orders to go out and fix stuff, and screw around .... blah blah blah...
  7. As an update on the 3.5 situation. We have found that in certain areas, because of the number of people on a panel, that the 3.5 works better when on the xpress package rather than the extreme. I don't know why, but when the customer dropped their package down, their speeds actually went higher than the allotted amount, and the connection stabilized. Who knows. I know that I don't know why...
  8. Wow, that's really bad. You should be at least 700kb/s on the 1.5. Without knowing what saskatchewan's network is like for supporting the system, I couldn't tell you what the problem is. But if it's anything like Alberta, it's probably either an over loaded panel (or an omni on the tower which is a big no-no and we've told them to not put omnis on anymore), or it's an interference issue from other carriers in the area. I know this one time, a new carrier put some 900 equipment on a tower, turned it on, and the other 2 carriers equipment just stopped working because it was broadcasting so powerfully and on the exact same frequencies, that it just made them inoperable. So it does happen. The other thing I would look at, which you can do, is see if the module is loose at all. Sometimes the wind can move them enough in strong winds that it will actually losen the bolts that tighten it to the pole they mount it on. If it seems pretty sturdy, then I don't know what else. :/
  9. I don't know about the 3.5 specifically for your tower. Out here, it's not too bad. We have had issues with the Xtreme package on 3.5 and stability issues on some panels. I don't know if it's just cause of the number of subscribers and trying to push out that much speed from one panel or not, but ... who knows until you try. The nice thing would be, if your 900 is working fine, try getting a 2.4 with a reflector dish and ask for the xtreme package. the 2.4 itself is a better system than the 3.5 expedience module. Although, if 2.4 interference is huge in your area, it may not be as stable, and a 3.5 may be the only way to go for the higher packages. Remember to get a static IP to help you out with online games like CoD, CS:S, XBox live, PSOnline. It makes a difference because of the dual NAT they have on the network in most cases. Hopefully your local dealer is knowledgeable and honest about the towers inner-workings. You should always ask your local dealer if your particular area has had customers with interference issues with 900 or 2.4. They will know. Out here, we try for 3.5 in certain areas, because we know that the 900/2.4 is intermitten service. Customers who want the 900/2.4 because it's cheaper in our area, then we tell them... "We know it doesn't work well, but if you insist on getting the canopy system and we have to come out to fix it for intermitten service, we are charging you for the service call(s)." They usually pay more for it and we never hear from them.
  10. Hehe, ya I agree. There is about 350 odd people on the olds tower total. They made a guess at about 10% of the customers would need switching. That's 30-40 people. Now they're at 80+. Good math for them guys. I would think they would have thought it through. But that's not the worst thing that happened. It was the fact they didn't tell anyone (even the dealers didn't know until the day before). And not everyone uses the xplornet email service. Most people just use it for the net for their hotmail/gmail/etc. emails. Some even still retained their dialup email service because of business needs and the hassle of changing their advertising/cards etc. So not only did they not realize the extent of the re-points, but they didn't tell anyone (business using the service) that it was going to happen so they could prepare. We had customers who rely on internet connections to do daily business (like stock brokers and cattle sales people) who just were without internet for like a week. We were hoping they'd learn from their mistakes of switchovers from the Pathcom customers, but alas, that's expecting too much I guess. :cry2: :sad3: :evil2: Edit: Oh and of course, the dealers get yelled at because we installed their system, and it's our fault. A lot of angry customers and I don't blame them. Starting to get really fed-up with the management capabilities and organization inside the company.
  11. Alrighty, it was (as usual) worse than they foresaw. We are hearing numbers of 80 but it's probably more like 100. Those are the # of people affected. If you are on a really extreme angle to the original tower (90/180/270/360 degrees), and you are fairly close (5 miles?) to the tower, your system is probably not working like it used to or is totally off.
  12. Yup. That's what happens when the tower gets full. If you're on a panel system for the tower, then it takes a little bit longer usually, but on an Omni it can happen over the course of say two or three months, depending on how many people sign up (how fast they're installed). Basically, each panel or the omni, can handle so many connections without degrading quality of service. Lets say you're on the Xpress package (1.5mbit). You are sharing a 1.5mbit download speed with everyone else on that panel/omni, divided into the group that is on that specific package. Lets say you and your neighbor are on the same package, and your neighbors son downloads movies 24/7. Your speed is going to be slow because now they are taking up a lot of the bandwidth on a constant basis. Whereas, doing normal surfing and browsing usually doesn't lend itself to everyone doing something at exactly the same time, for the exactly the same length of time etc, so the speed change will fluctuate, but it won't be as extreme. It's when people on the same panel start doing heavy usage like movies, p2p etc. For your issue Pepper, I would say, there is someone that gets home, and downloads/streams a live tv show or some kind of high definition video. Or just a lot of people in your area are watching the hockey game on cbc lol. Anyway. It's not really that funny, but ...
  13. I'm not as familiar with the 3.5's inner workings, but to my knowledge it's the lights on the bottom, and xplornet themselves that can read what the connection is like. There's probably something on the status page, but you can't adjust anything. You won't have to worry about 3.5 anyway. Not too many people use 3.5GHz spectrum. And if you're in Alberta, Xplornet purchased Pathcom, so they are the only ones who can modify settings. http://192.168.0.230 i believe is the address of the module itself. So you'd have to hard-code your nic with a static IP in order to access it since most routers are 192.168.1.1. The subnet won't be the same so it won't even know it's there If you are using a router, you will have to connect directly to it and hard-code your computer to see. I don't know what to tell you to look for though, I don't install myself, so I've only seen the screen a handful of times. I wouldn't worry too much about the weather affecting the 3.5 system. I mean, not that it won't do it at all, but at least you only have to deal with the weather for the most part, and not interference from other providers.
  14. Information Alert for October 15th, 2009. Olds, Alberta is getting 3.5 today hopefully, and once the burn-in is done on the equipment we'll be switching people over. This is also including the fact that the tower is no longer on the agricor building. It isn't much further away, but we did get a notice that they're guestimating that when it does switch over, that 10% is projected to need repointing. That's their guess, I hope it's not because there's a LOT of people on that tower. If in the next day or two (when they do this) your internet is suddenly gone and you haven't had any problems, it's probably that. They'll send us out, and we'll be out asap.
  15. Well, here's how Canopy is setup. A few months ago, the older software was setup to use 3 numbers to determine the quality of the signal. RSSI, DB, Jitter. RSSI is the signal quality basically, DB is the power level of the signal, and the Jitter is how much movement there is between your module and the tower. THe old standards were "1400+ RSSI, -79 or higher DB, 1-3 Jitter". That's what we used. When we first started, the DB was -82, then about a month after, it was -80 and now it's -79. There's so much interference in the area that they had to restrict the quality of the install standards, otherwise your internet would basically not work at all. Now, they operate on a 2 level basis. Power Level and Jitter. This was on Sept. 2nd I got the email, and the upgrades were going out for Aug. 31st I believe. The Power Level is now Actual, Min, Max status, so it tells you the lowest, the highest and what it currently is for the db level. The Jitter is the same. Actual, Min, Max. What the installers do when they set it up, is do a link test from the module itself. It basically does a speed test between the module and the tower's AP, and tells you that, with your distance from the tower, and the current status of your connections power level/jitter, what the maximum speed you could possibly attain from the connection. After that, your system is taking into effect the weather, interference from other carriers, certain oil company monitoring equipment, etc. Yes, the weather affects it, especially heavy wet snow, heavy rain. Tree's also suck cause they have Iron in them and Iron reflects/absorbs wireless signal. So to answer your question about if your connection will degrade in the bad weather. Yes and No. Ya, the power level will probably drop, meaning that any interference that you may have that doesn't normally affect the signal, could potentially cut your net out if it's bad enough. I mean, if you are concerned about it, try to run your own link test on your module, to see what the max speed is. There is even an el-cheap-o spectrum analyzer built into each Canopy system. You can look at your status, and it'll tell you what frequency you're currently connecting with at the tower. Then you go into the analyzer and see what the spectrum shows for signals. Lets say you're on a 900MHz Canopy, and you're connecting to a tower at... 912.5MHz In the spectrum analyzer it's going to show you something like a wave. It'll have peaks at certain frequencies like 905, 907, 910 etc. things like that. What you're looking for is you find your frequency on the side, and see if it does a U shape down to another frequency near it. The sharper the curve, the clearer the signal. If it's a solid line with like 911.0 to 913.0 with barely any curve, then your frequency is pretty much saturated with the frequency, and your internet connection probably sucks. If it doesn't now, in bad weather it'll probably just cut out altogether.
  16. far from me being able to predict the inner workings of Xplornet... Why your speed drops over time. Lets say you are on an Omni (a 360 degree wireless antenna). Everyone who connects is using that one access point (not unlike a router in a household). Now, lets say an Omni can hold 100 people. If you are subscribing to a 1.5mbit service, that means, that 100 people are sharing (up to) that 1.5mbit download. Same thing applies to a panel system, where there are 8 panels, each covering a 45 degree sector. Each panel may be able to hold 100 people, but they are still sharing that 1.5mbit in that one direction. Yes, a panel system is better than an omni, as it is dedicated to a specific direction and not an entire area for one access point. I have never seen them do this "after 30 days your speed drops so you are outside of your 30-day guarantee." deal. Honestly, over the last 5 years or so, I have never seen this happen. Maybe it's different where you are, but maybe it's just the shear number of people that are signing up? I don't know how to calculate the probability of these occurrences. Not saying that it's not totally out of the spectrum of possibilities that they are doing such a thing though, it is a corporation after all. I know that there are people that have had 3mbit connections for 3 years, and over 1.6mbit connections (on a 1.5mbit line) for longer. So, why would they single out specific people? Is it a usage per 30-day limit they pose on people then? I will state, that there are weird situations, where 2 people separated by maybe 500 feet, have had completely different experiences. One person hasn't had a slow-down for 5 months+, while the other person has non-stop connection issues. The closest I have been able to figure out, is they're on that angle where it bounces back and forth between the 2 access points on the tower, and that's why. The solution is to force their module to connect to the frequency of one of the AP's on the tower, that way it won't try to connect to the other. You basically change the module's settings on the customers house, to scan for X frequency, and not Y (Y being the panel you don't want it to connect to). Anyway... Any other questions, post up.
  17. Update: Do _NOT_ under any circumstance take a chance with VoIP on the Hughes KA unless you're completely desperate, or are willing to face the fact that it's not a normal phone line. It skips, pops, clicks, hangs up, loses one direction of speaking sometimes, doesn't ring, goes straight to voicemail, won't ring when you're off the phone but will if you're on the phone and you get the call waiting... blah blah blah. Lots of problems. If you're willing to put up with 1 or 2 or a combination of the above problems to have a phone in your house in the middle of nowhere, then get one. otherwise, use your cell. Get an in-house booster with a 40' antenna tower etc. Anything but VoIP on Satellite.
  18. Stickler but it's Xplornet anyway... Ya there are a lot of problems with speed. You brought back an old thread lol. Most of the problems are due to Xplornet not knowing the amount of load in any given area, and they don't look ahead. Poor planning but, anyway, it happens to everyone. I saw the first thread which was about vonage etc. ... right now, Xplornet's VoIP is on a QoS. It still doesn't work properly if your internet connection isn't great. So you still want to make sure your internet speeds are really good on the upload as well as the download. If your upload doesn't hit something around 60-70Kbps, don't get VoIP and stick with a landline or cell phones. As for the Aircards. the HSPA network will be awesome if they get an aircard. It will offer higher speeds than even the big 3 in Canada can provide anywhere you can get the service. I am really REALLY hoping they get an aircard out soon for hspa nearing the end of October 2009. Edit: sorry, about your last post. Just because a tower is closer, doesn't mean you'll have better reception. Think of a football spreading outwards. If you are closer to the tower, the likelihood of the signal hitting you closer to the tower decreases as you go closer. As far as you aiming the dish and they never coming out to "check it out" well... Personally, you're not supposed to touch the equipment. Call them to issue a work order if you need it fixed... unplug the power supply and tell them it won't connect. you'll get a work order if they can't connect to the module (Cannot connect to AP. May be problem with the PSU or Module/Cabling). etc. etc. Call the dealer locally, pay them to look at it if you're impatient. Most dealers installers will do it without a work order if you pay them for their time. I get calls all the freakin time: "Next time you're in the area can you swing by?" and I'm like no... it's a business and we need to get paid to survive. If it's broken then we'll fix it. Get a work order or pay for a service call. Freebies aren't allowed if you want to bypass the system. Oh ya, and the % of the monthly fees is nothing. It's like $0.10 per customer per month for the term of the contract. Then like $0.50 for going on a higher package than the "regular one" etc. It's nothing to be proud of. Besides, the customers that call in with technical support after their internet is installed call the dealer instead of xplornet (which is free tech support), and expect a call to me to be free. I find out what the customer needs, and if it's something Xplornet does (or takes more than 5-10 minutes to explain), I schedule a service call at $80/hr. CAD to solve the issue at hand. If they don't want to pay, they can call into Xplornet. You would not believe the amount of time I spend on the phone in the morning, instead of processing new installs, lining up peoples installs, billing through recent installs, filing away and faxing work orders... only to be interrupted by someone who needs their Email setup in Outlook express. It's on the website. You can call 1-800-841-6001 and get support for it for free. That's what they're there for. I have better things to do around the office, than do Xplornet's trouble shooting.
  19. Bah delete this post, I quoted instead of editing
  20. Ok two comments heh. 1) When you do your speed tests in the morning after you turn your computer on and haven't been on since sleepy time... you are probably fap'ing yourself for that hour XD Just because the satellite is full... 2) The speed you are getting is pretty much the average of every single person that is paying $89.99/mo and up. The $59.99/mo. package is actually slower. Your internet connection isn't "bad", it's just not what you paid for. What you are paying for is like $169 and a 2.0 Mbps. You should technically be getting around 1.2Mbps on your connection on a regular basis on average. What you could do, is make sure all your stuff is updated on your computer (windows update) so that nothing is going to run. Unplug your modem for like an hour and then plug it back in, run a speed test, see what it does. If you have done that already, I mean... there's not much they can do because the satellite is full and has been for a little over a year (but it took till last like august to tell us). You could always try downgrading to something like the $79.99/mo. package (Kazoom) which is a 1Mbps, and if your speeds are the same, then you're paying less and getting the same results. You should be able to browse, but yes, it will be slow. Telesat does not cache on the satellite, so every request has to go out to the web and come back at 500ms+ latency. That is why dialup is faster for browsing, but for anything like downloading an mp3 the satellite will be faster. Tiny little graphics will load faster on a dialup connection because of the lack of the 500ms+ latency. It's a physical limitation of the satellite. The new Hughes KA system caches websites on the server, so if you request a site that someone visited in the last X minutes, it just sends you the copy on the website instead of going to get it from the web (cutting out half the travel time).
  21. Kaboom is pointless... drop your package down to the Kazoom cause you will not go above that. As far as the satellite ranges are concerned, I know that really far north is only Telsat. So if that is all you are able to get, then unfortunately that's it. I mean, there are other KU providers that do have birds up that far north but they are usually large commercial (3meter) dishes, and very expensive. Whatever you feel comfortable paying is what you should go, because regardless of how much you pay, with telsat you will never reach even remotely close to what it's supposed to be, and you will get FAP'd all the time (Fair Access Policy reduces your speeds till the top of the next hour). From what we've all seen here is that it really doesn't matter how much or little you use it. The Telsat system is just too over loaded to be able to handle the shear amount of people on the system. In your area, do you have access to good cellular reception with bell/rogers? They have aircards, and their plans aren't cheap for what you get, but you will have way better service than on a KA plus things like youtube will actually work if you have data. For example, out west: Telus Mobile Internet Key $25/mo. for 500MB of data and $0.05/MB overage fees. $30 for 1GB of data --- same overages $60 for 3GB $80 for 5GB 1GB is roughly 6-8 hours of youtube per month. So if they work there, get one. Your latency is only going to be around 200ms sometimes less, and if you have like 3 bars of service on the aircard, then you will be pretty close to the top speed anyway. I know i've hit a top of 2.4mbps on the telus aircard in town but it averages around 1.7mbps. Just a suggestion. Also, make sure from Xplornet that Hughes KA will not work out there. it is the new KA system, but if you are that far north, then you will not be able to get service.
  22. Alrighty, so i'm going to bring this dead thread alive, just because of the importance of what has been said... Ya it's been a while, Telesat has been full for a long time now, like a year. Netkaster technically isn't allowed to sell any more systems, neither is Xplornet unless you live waaaaaaaaaaay north. The new Hughes KA system doesn't go as far north as the AnikF2 satellite does, so they still allow unites to be activated under it. Just a little update for those who would see the previous posters ... uhm ... angry words? I'll enlighten you on what the FAP (Fair Access Policy) is: A satellite is allowed X amount of bandwidth. Each lease is allotted Y amount of X bandwidth, and is not divided equally as far as (100 users get 10 megabytes per hour) for example. So as the lease's bandwidth of Y reaches close to their part of the total X bandwidth, the servers have to decide to cut back some people so there's enough left over for the rest. That's where people start getting pissed off. If you are downloading an important instructional video from a website on how to setup your new projector for tomorrows lecture, and your speeds drop to like 1kbps, you are angry because you were doing something important. Other people could be doing something more important, but some r-tard decided that his porn or music download was more important at 2am. His 300Kb/s download pushed the entire ISP over the edge for the allotted bandwidth, and therefore, with your added 200KB/s or whatever instructional video usage, you are close to that guys usage, and got cut back just like him. Now... imagine what happens as you add more and more people to the satellite feed, so that the 1000MB/s gets cut down equally amongst 4000 or 7000 customers, donwloading at 40KB/s. How long do you think it takes before the system says ... omg, i'm full That is why KA-Hughes net is around today, and why some other satellite will be around tomorrow. Maybe we'll all have lazer beams attached to our fricken headz.... and we'll speak binary as a common language... *shrug*... TL;DR: Ya they screwed up and let it slide for too long, but now there's newer systems to use so go use them and don't dwell on the horrid. Upgrade if you're not happy... you'll thank everyone later.
  23. Ok... "dealer here" ... *cough* From what we've seen... depending on your area, there are a lot of panels full on towers due to specific locations of customers. There are 2 types of systems you can be on. Omnidirectional and Panel based. If you are on a panel based connection, then you are allowed so many people withing X degree's of the panel to connect to it. if you are on an omnidirectional antenna, then there are X number of users that can connect to it at any given time. A lot of the problems are due to close over-loading. This month they are upgrading like 8 towers in Alberta alone to the 3.5GHz system (Expedience) or "Advanced high speed" blah. Anyway, they used to have the same pricing, but now have up'd the cost of 3.5 if you can get it, and made it like a "higher package" even if you cannot get Canopy... personally I can't believe they did it but... i'm 1 voice. If you dropped down to .3mbps a few days after install... then something really screwy is happening. Either they're screwing with you, or something has changed in the days after you had it installed. Be it your own doing, someone else putting something up nearby, or Xplornet messing with their system *Upgrading* it. If you are < 10miles from the tower, and the tower has 2.4GHz available, you want the 2.4Ghz module and the reflector dish (even if it costs like $5) because the 2.4 module is a better unit than the 900. Ya the 900 goes further, but the 2.4 has the bandwidth to do higher speeds. It's even better than the 3.5 units. I don't know why they bought it unless it was just for the "interference" but the 2.4 is way better and more reliable. A lot of the oil companies in the country use 900 and cell communications, so the 2.4 doesn't really affect it. most of the 2.4 problems I see are with particular types of tree's which completely absorb or reflect the 2.4 frequency because of the atomic makeup. ya it's weird but it's reality. If you are having that much of an issue where you have like a 3mbps connection and you are getting .3mbps consistently throughout a 24 hour period, then it's not them, it's probably interference, or you're "on the border line" of the connection. Remember, 900 is around 15-20miles and 2.4 is around 10 miles. That's the usual limits, some places vary, depending on what other providers are in the area and such, but ... it's a general loose guideline. We don't "PM" each other with questions that should be placed on the board for others to absorb , Thanks
  24. Telus in Alberta: ::::::::::.. Download Stats ..:::::::::: Download Connection is:: 2843 Kbps about 2.8 Mbps (tested with 51195 kB) Download Speed is:: 347 kB/s Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (Main) Test Time:: 2009/07/04 - 11:31pm Bottom Line:: 50X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 2.95 sec Tested from a 51195 kB file and took 147.52 seconds to complete Download Diagnosis:: Awesome! 20% + : 43.8 % faster than the average for host (telus.net) D-Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-VXJRCISH5 User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.0.11) Gecko/2009060215 Firefox/3.0.11 Here we are unable to get their "highest" package, so we're stuck with 3Mbps dsl and business is 4.5Mbps but costs 2.5x as much per month. It's lame. HSDPA is going live in October here on the Telus Network, and if they release an aircard with an unlimited data usage, i'll be switching (as long as it's unlimited). They say the data will be between 21 and 48mbps. Way better. I'm just frightened on how much it's going to cost lol.
  25. It was in regards to jocoolguy and you warning him. Forum Trolls usually post nonsense or incorrect information in order to spur responses. Which he did.
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