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What’s the Best Satellite Internet Option?

Starlink

Episode 1832

Newt from Aliso Viejo, CA

Newt wants to know what's the best option for satellite internet. Leo says that Elon Musk's Starlink really is the best bet out there. It keeps getting faster as SpaceX launches more satellites, with the goal of having total global coverage. But it's not cheap at $99 a month and over $500 for the equipment. But for a rural area, it's the best bet. 

Should he get a new iMac now, or wait? Leo says that Apple is about to announce new macs next month, so it's definitely worth waiting for, especially if you want a larger screen.

What Broadband Options Are Available in My Area?

DSL Extreme

Episode 1825

Ron from Los Angeles, CA

Ron got a notice that DSL Extreme is canceling his internet service in November. They're offering him a service that is more expensive and requires him to subscribe to their internet service. He's currently using DSLExtreme. Leo says that AT&T has to provide DSL Extreme broadband service and it sounds like DSLExtreme is signing off. But Leo says the good news is that there are other options out there, including Starlink. Google Fiber. And others. Check out DSLReports.com for choices in the area.

What's an Alternative For Bad Broadband?

Eero

Episode 1823

Pam from LaHabra, CA

Pam just bought a house in Arizona and the area doesn't have the best internet service. How can she improve the speed? Leo says most have two choices ... the phone company or the cable company.  Anything else is wireless. T-Mobile is offering cellular internet home access, though. It's a bit more expensive, but if her cellular is good in the area, it's an option. WISP is an option. But the newest, hottest option is Elon Musk's Starlink service. But it's not cheap. $99 a month plus $500 for equipment. She will need a clear view of the entire sky for it to work.

What Are My Options If I Have No Broadband Access?

Verizon

Episode 1821

Mike from Hampton, VA

Mike's mother doesn't have the ability to get internet other than a cellular option through Verizon. Leo says that Verizon has a home internet package, as does T-Mobile. But if her Verizon is good, it'll be costly but it's doable. The other option is satellite. With Elon Musk's Starlink service, she can get 100-200 Mbps download. And it'll keep getting faster as more satellites come online. The downside is the price. $99 a month plus $500 for the equipment. 

How Can I Connect to Wi-Fi on an RV?

MiFi

Episode 1804

Jan from Riverside, CA

Jan and her husband bought an RV and want to know how to get online while traveling. Leo says there are three ways. 1) There will probably be Wi-Fi at any campground or RV park she can stop at. But it will likely be overloaded and slow. 2) She can hotspot from the cellular carrier. She can open up a phone for it or pick up a MiFi card to handle multiple devices. It'll be dependent on the coverage map though. Lastly, she can get an RV satellite connection. The problem there is they have to re-aim it every time they stop, and they will not work while they drive.

Should I Buy the New iPad Pro?

 iPad Pro

Episode 1790

Tom from Riverside, CA

Tom is looking to get a new iPad, and he saw the M1 iPads announced this week. And wanted to know more about the miniLED displays. Leo says that only the 12.9" iPad Pro will have the miniLED ProMotion display, but it will give full array local dimming, P3 color gamut, and high dynamic range. But it's also $100 more than the same iPad from last year. It also has the M1 chip in it, which makes it as powerful as any laptop. That tells Leo that Apple wants people to think of it as a computer.

What Are My Options for Streaming Video?

Frontier

Episode 1790

Terry from Southern California

Terry is a cord cutter and he doesn't think that he gets actual high-speed internet with Frontier. Leo says it's been proven that Frontier goes out of its way to keep bandwidth speeds slow for its customers to keep them from using too much. Leo also says that Frontier is being investigated by states for their terrible customer service and rampant internet outages. And they aren't alone. The US has the worst broadband of any country in the developed world. Leo says that one solution is Elon Musk's Starlink system, but at $100 a month, plus the cost of equipment, it's not cheap.

Will Starlink Be a Good Internet Company?

Starlink

Episode 1773

DW from Morrison, CO

DW has preordered Starlink satellite internet and is waiting for his turn to get installed. Leo says it won't be cheap, at $500 for the gear and $99 a month for internet access, but Leo says that it's supporting SpaceX, and that's a good thing. Eventually, as more people come online, it'll probably go down in price. It's going to have to. But nobody really knows how fast it will be. 

What is a Good Option For Broadband in a Rural Area?

Starlink

Episode 1752

Stacy from Greenville, MI

Stacy lives in rural Michigan and she has really slow internet. Leo says that broadband companies don't want to install high-speed internet into rural areas because there aren't enough customers to justify the cost. Will satellite be a good alternative? Leo says that thanks to Elon Musk's Starlink network it will be. But it's $99 a month and costs $600 in equipment. And the more satellites they put up, the faster it will get. They've only put up 10% of the satellites they want to so far.

Another option is LTE and 5G if she's close to a tower.