DSL router v. Satellite

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caron1959

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Am somewhat a newbie at this, so sorry if this question is bothe confusing and annoying. Have set myself up with a Linksys router on my host PC and networked with my Vaio notebook so I now share my internet connection. Having had a taste of being remote, I want to take the next step and go satellite, making my notebook truly wireless.

How does this work? What do I need to add to my existing set up or replace it with? Having JUST begun to research this -- and not even knowing the "right" terminology to search with -- I don't know what the next/first step is. The tidbits I started to get for hits were thngs like a $700. dish, or more, nothing about what kind of router(s) or kind PCMCIA card.....can I use the existing one I bought for my wireless set up or????

Am completely confused and have no idea where to start. Thanks for any advice you can give me.

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Since you'll still have a base station, big antenna, receiver, and wires (or a wireless hub) to the machine, what exactly do you think the satellite hookup buys you? Personally, from all I've heard, DSL or cable modem has a better uptime than satellite, not to mention for the same bandwidth, it's cheaper.
 

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What I think it will buy me is further connection availability at my home --- 4 acres -- can only make it so far from the base/host PC. I also had visions of bringing my Vaio to the office without needing my network software loaded, the airport, my car.....more porability in general, no limitations, period; to be able to be on line wherever and whenever I want to be without having to rely on finding an available line. Is this not what a satellite connection will afford me?

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Not even close! A satellite connection is as fixed as any other broadband connection! You need your antenna, mounted in a precise orientation to access the satellite feed, it is connected to a receiver that has your network connection. Those components are no more portable than your broadband cable modem, and almost certainly less reliable! :rolleyes:

As far as taking your laptop on the road and using your satellite connection, you're about 10 years too early for that. :) That is a dream that's talked about a lot, but it's a long way from happening. As far wireless around the property, there are higher priced wireless repeaters that will give you more range, but nothing like you're dreaming of.
 

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Ya, about the closest you could come to what you want, would be dial up and connect via cell phone.
 
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