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Old 02-08-07, 04:14 PM   #1
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Default Guild Wars on Satelite Internet

Well, since i live out in the middle of nowhere now, i have to get satelite internet. i dont play any games on the pc besides Guild Wars, and from what im readin, guild wars works okay on Wild Blue and HughesNet...so wish me luck fellas
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Old 02-08-07, 04:22 PM   #2
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It plays ok but lags out at times. I've got HughesNet and play GW every so often.

I seem to notice the lag more when I'm in a party with other players. PVP was nigh impossible due to the lag. However, your experience may be better than mine if you're closer to the hub in Minnesota. Good luck!
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yeah, im in idaho. any idea which is better? HughesNet or wild blue?
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Well, since i live out in the middle of nowhere now,:
Why'd ya move??
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Old 02-08-07, 05:17 PM   #5
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i ended up getting a job as the IT firector of a large landscaping company. trouble is, the housing in the small resort town is very expensive. so i moved out of town about 20 miles.
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i ended up getting a job as the IT firector of a large landscaping company. trouble is, the housing in the small resort town is very expensive. so i moved out of town about 20 miles.
An IT firector, eh? You get to burn computers?

Which town btw? (i have family in Moscow)
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lol, my typing sucks sometimes. the job is in sun valley, but i got a house on west magic lake,.... about 20 miles south
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also, i noticwed that verizon has their broadband internet here. thast tempting. its a shade slower than satelite but the ping times are WAY WAY WAY better. 100-200ms versus 1000-1500 for satelite
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I don't know anything about Wild Blue so I can't really compare the two. I'm partial to HughesNet since they aren't going anywhere and if I'm outlaying $300+ for initial equipment and installation charges, the company I'm giving my money to better be around for a while.

Don't let the marketing fool you - there's latency inherent in Satellite Internet due to the distance between the bird (satellite) and the earth station (you). They might try to tout how they have "advanced algorithms" and crap to compensate but they cannot overcome basic speed of light limitations. I get anywhere between 800-1500ms latency using the best non-static IP consumer plan.

One other thing to think about is each provider's FAP (Fair Access Policy). To ensure the shared bandwidth is equally distributed, satellite providers use FAP to limit the amount of data transferred in a given time period (usually an hour). Each plan has a different FAP limit and recovery rate so check on that for your planned usage. Say goodbye to hugh file transfers though. If I have to DL more than 400MB in an hour, I'll hit my FAP limit. That limit is per account, not per user, so you'll hit the limit faster if you have several networked computers downloading at the same time.

Rural internet sucks. Can you get ISDN where you're at? I live in the 1% of California that cannot get ISDN. Lovely...

Here's the HughesNet community at BroadbandReports.com if you want to read further...
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also, i noticwed that verizon has their broadband internet here. thast tempting. its a shade slower than satelite but the ping times are WAY WAY WAY better. 100-200ms versus 1000-1500 for satelite
how about qwest?
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nope, no qwest. but im checking into isdn and verizon. i like verizon the most because its a very simple solution compared to satelite. and mny verison phone gets decent signal. the service i would get will be the 144K version but the ping times are whast matter to me... cause its all about Guild Wars.
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I used to be with HughesNet back when they were DirecWAY. I was on 1050Mhz transponder on Satmex5, AFAIK it was 115 deg azimuth. One thing you need to be sure you understand is the FAP (Fair Access Policy) with Hughes. Also latency is around 1500ms to 2000ms round-trip.

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/sat is a great place to get more information. When I used to have satellite I'd pretty much live there.

Wildblue has a less restrictive FAP. When you understand the FAP with Hughes you'll see it's like driving 200mph for the first 20 miles of a 500 mile trip and walking the remaining 480 miles on foot; it's that slow.

I'd go with Verizon.
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