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By alanb ·
We are looking for an Internet connectivity to solution as a backup in case of loss of our T1 connections.

As the company is in a secluded valley, surrounded by trees, wireless is not a viable solution.

Does anyone out there use a stable satellite connection for business purposes? I have read that latency could be a problem, and that spoofing techniques to counteract this problem wil not work on IPSec VPN connections.

I am mainly concerned about the effects of inclement weather - being in New England we are affes=cted by heavy rainstorms in the winter, rain in Spring.

Advice on provider and type of plan would be an added bonus.

Thnaks in advance for your experienced answers.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Satellite as Internet bac ...

yes, it will be affected by rain/snow, just like your satellite tv is. it probably won't work well as backup because uplink speed is usually slow, even if it is satellite link up and down, ask the specific question, how fast is uplink speed? you will be appalled to find out it very slow, like maybe 50Kbs... can you get wireless? or a couple of ganged dsl lines?

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by fred07 In reply to Satellite as Internet bac ...

Hi,

As backup in dire circumstances you will be okay for short periods of time.

Remember to cloak the dish from the weather as in place it under the gable or eave to keep snow or rain from interfeering.

Only during monsoon type rains or snow in excess of 1 inch per hour will you experience satelite " no signal" problems.

In 3 years of "dish" only one rainstorm in Idaho caused me to lose signal.

Always off during Thunderstorms of course.

fred

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by omie In reply to Satellite as Internet bac ...

Did you consider dsl or cable as your backup ?

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