satellite internet

How can I keep in touch on a cruise?

Episode 1469

Penny from California
Cruise Ship

Penny is going on a cruise to Alaska soon and needs to keep in daily contact with her business. Will she have issues? Leo says it depends on which cruise line she's going on. Royal Caribbean has decent internet, but most of them don't. It'll be really slow because it's by satellite, and it will also be expensive. With over 1,000 people wanting to stay in touch, it'll slow to a crawl unless she logs on in the middle of the night when everyone else is asleep.

What are my options for rural internet access?

Episode 1428

Lucas from Santa Barbara, CA
Network cable

Lucas does a lot of video streaming and gaming, but he's moving to a rural area and will have to find new high speed internet. What can he do? Leo says that rural internet access is a real issue here and Leo doesn't believe the FCC cares enough to make it happen. Satellite isn't the answer because it's got terrible latency and bandwidth caps. That being said, the best satellite provider is WildBlue's Exede. It's that or dialup.

How can I get Wi-Fi while on a cruise?

Episode 1388

Don from Brielle, NJ
Royal Caribbean

Don is going on a cruise and he wants to use Wi-Fi. Is SkyRoam good? Leo says no, not for a cruise. The best and cheapest way is from the cruise line itself. It's not cheap or fast, though. Royal Caribbean has super fast internet called VOOM, but it's still expensive. He'll have to get up really early in the morning to have decent speeds.

Unless he's in a port, he should just pretend that he's disconnected from the world. Then when he's in port, he can then use an internet cafe or get a prepaid MiFi card to handle cellular.

What are my options for internet in remote areas?

Steve from Wrightwood, CA

Episode 1233

Steve has a cabin in the woods, but he has no TV or internet access due to living in a remote area. What are his options? Leo says that wireless internet is Steve's only real option. He has two alternatives - satellite or 4G/LTE. He can check out WISPs or Wireless Internet Service Providers, but the problem with all of these are: 1) they're expensive, 2) they have bandwidth caps, and 3) they require specialized equipment.

How can I get internet access in a remote area?

Francine from Palm Desert, CA

Episode 1091

Francine's daughter is moving to a remote area in Washington State and wants to know how to get wireless internet where she's going. She streams a lot. Leo says that without access to DSL or Cable, she could use WISP providers. She could also consider a 4G wireless connection with a MiFi card. But they'll come with bandwidth caps that she'll run through pretty quickly. Satellite is an option, but it's got high latency and also has bandwidth caps. If she can't get satellite TV, then she can't get internet service.

Why can't I get satellite internet in my area? (Part 2)

Mike from Idaho

Episode 1052

Mike called yesterday about not being able to get satellite access and overheard that he should be getting it. Leo says yes. There was an employee from Wild Blue Exceed that says he should be getting it because there is nowhere in America that cannot get Wild Blue. But others say that there may be too many subscribers in the area due to the use of something called "beam forming." If everyone is using it, then it slows to a stop.

Why can't I get satellite internet in my area?

Episode 1051

Mike from Albion, ID
Satellite Dish

Mike wants to get Satellite internet service, but the service says that they don't serve his area. Leo says that's insane if he has access to the Southern sky and live on planet earth. Leo says that WildBlue is a good option. WildBlue works much like DirecTV, from the southern sky. WildBlue's Exceed service is the best out there as far as satellite internet goes, but there is still some latency.

What's the best internet option for rural areas?

Louis from Peterborough, Ontario

Episode 1028

Louis has an internet radio program and wants to know what Leo would recommend for satellite internet where he is. Leo says that it's often a problem in rural areas because it's not financially viable to install it. All satellite options have the same flaws of expensive equipment and latency, which is terrible for live podcasting, gaming, and VOiP. Leo's current preference is Wild Blue, which is a brand of Exede. Leo says it's very fast, but it isn't cheap ($50 for 10GB, up to 10MBps).