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Old 02-20-2012, 09:50 PM
 
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Hello all:
We just moved in town end of Jan. Due to our location (we're up the hill in the woods), cable (GCI) is not available. So we have to use Satellite for TV and internet. Hughesnet has been painfully slow. I researched about DSL (ACS), but I heard they are even slower than Hughesnet (well unless if we pay the big bucks and picked the high end package of course) I need to use Skype with families and friends. I also work from home so internet is pretty important to me. Tho work doesn't require video conferencing; mostly just files down/upload....
So our next option to look into is those wireless hotspot hub thing for high speed internet...but we don't want the same thing to happen as Hughesnet. So we want to make sure its faster than Hughesnet before we sign the contract. Does anybody have any experience with that type of internet connection in Fairbanks???

Thanks!
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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I have ACS's medium package and am able to do online gaming in one room AND Netflixs in another. It very rarely needs to pause for uploading during a movie. I figure that's as fast as anyone needs. Look at each company's upload speeds on their websites.
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:35 PM
 
Location: "Out there" in Alaska.
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1stimestar, that's impressive. Had a young visitor use 3 gigs of bandwidth in one evening (gaming), putting me over my limit of 6 gigs and thus cutting off my internet for the remainder of a month. I use an airstick connection (AT&T Mobile) which costs me about $70 a month. Sounds like you have a better package than me, but mine is valuable in that I can use it virtually anywhere I can get cell reception when travelling.
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:11 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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I had ACS internet in Fairbanks, think it was the medium, and it was unlimited. Never had a problem watching Netflix in two rooms.
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:38 PM
 
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Thanks guys...I'll look into ACS again. Should have gone with them in the beginning...grrr...
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Hello all:
We just moved in town end of Jan. Due to our location (we're up the hill in the woods), cable (GCI) is not available. So we have to use Satellite for TV and internet. Hughesnet has been painfully slow. I researched about DSL (ACS), but I heard they are even slower than Hughesnet (well unless if we pay the big bucks and picked the high end package of course) I need to use Skype with families and friends. I also work from home so internet is pretty important to me. Tho work doesn't require video conferencing; mostly just files down/upload....
So our next option to look into is those wireless hotspot hub thing for high speed internet...but we don't want the same thing to happen as Hughesnet. So we want to make sure its faster than Hughesnet before we sign the contract. Does anybody have any experience with that type of internet connection in Fairbanks???

Thanks!
If you're on the basic level of Hughesnet, it will be slow but much faster than dial up, but if you go up one or two subscription levels it goes a lot faster, been on it for about five years here in the interior.

There is also no cost penalty if your go over your bandwith, it just slows down for 24 hours to modem speed, but if you go up in subscription levels the bandwidth goes up too. Plus between the hours of 9PM and I think 3 AM, there is no limit to the bandwidth, so you can download movies then, as many as you can watch.
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:06 AM
 
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It very rarely needs to pause for uploading during a movie. I figure that's as fast as anyone needs. Look at each company's upload speeds on their websites.http://addled.info/g.gif (broken link)
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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I have been using att 4g data plan on my phone tethered (android) to my laptop for a year now. I have 2GB a month for 20 dollars extra on my phone bill. Fast speeds, but to stay under the 2GB limit, I only surf the web and do little streaming. I am in the hills and get great 4G coverage. The att website coverage map is accurate, only get it though if you are in a 4G area.
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