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Percy
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Message 1 of 10 (917703)
04-14-2024 7:32 AM


I just found a location map for Starlink satellites, supposedly in real time:
You can rotate it (click and drag) and zoom in/out (right click). If you want to view it on its native webpage where it's bigger, it can be found here: Starlink Map.
Starlink is the SpaceX global Internet satellite network. There are currently nearly 5000 satellites, and 44,000 is the ultimate goal. For a mere $600 up front hardware cost and $120/month Starlink can be yours, just visit Starlink. At my location it's available with 150mbps download, 25mbps upload, and 75ms latency. It sounds amazing, but it will only be competitive with what I already have when their hardware costs come down to $0 (my cable company provides their own modems) and $80/month for service.
--Percy

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NosyNed
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Message 2 of 10 (917705)
04-14-2024 8:13 AM
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04-14-2024 7:32 AM


competition
If you have good wired internet then Starlink isn't meant for you. It doesn't have bandwidth for densely populated areas either.
But if you're out in the boonies then it might be your best bet.. The son of a friend of mine lives well west of Calgary and it is more money than the best alternative but it is far, far, f a r better. He's been on it about a year now.

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Percy
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Message 3 of 10 (917706)
04-14-2024 8:20 AM
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04-14-2024 8:13 AM


Re: competition
NosyNed writes:
The son of a friend of mine lives well west of Calgary and it is more money than the best alternative but it is far, far, f a r better. He's been on it about a year now.
Banff plus full Internet - he's really roughing it!
My mother's side of the family's from the Calgary area. You can see the Rocky foothills from their ranch.
--Percy

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Message 4 of 10 (917708)
04-14-2024 8:27 AM
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04-14-2024 8:20 AM


Calgary
He's on some beautiful acerage a bit more than half way to Banff. I haven't been there but I've seen lots of pictures. With the commute into Calgary he's really making good use of his model Y.

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Percy
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Message 5 of 10 (917709)
04-14-2024 8:28 AM
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04-14-2024 8:13 AM


Re: competition
Wait! What? 5:13 AM your time? Really?
--Percy

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NosyNed
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Message 6 of 10 (917711)
04-14-2024 9:02 AM
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04-14-2024 8:28 AM


old age
I'm old so I never sleep late. That and knees are part of the curse.

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Theodoric
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Message 7 of 10 (917713)
04-14-2024 9:32 AM
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04-14-2024 7:32 AM


Starlink customer here
We have been with Starlink for about a month now. It is ridiculously expensive, but it was what we had to do.
We were on a 10 Mbps plan from the phone company. We used to be on CenturyLink, which I have called the worst internet service in the world. Then they sold to a venture capital firm called BrightSpeed that quickly showed there is no bottom.
With CenturyLink we rarely went below 6 Mbps and when I called tech support they could look at my history and resolve issues relatively quickly. Usually a connection on the POTS network needed to be reset. BrightSpeed refused to acknowledge any issues. I finally grew tired about whining and bitching about not being able to stream. Also, we are in a cell deadzone. We are in a little dip in the countryside and surrounded by trees. There is one tower within five miles. If we do not have internet we do not have cell service. Joy of country living.
I imagine the phone lines down our road are over 50 years old. Amazing they transmit the data they do.
Starlink internet is amazing. I would switch to cable or fiber if it were available, but it is not and probably never will be. We are averaging about 100 Mbps. I just ran a test off of my router and we are getting 175 Mbps down and 19 Mbps up. Speaking of routers, theirs is pretty basic. I bypass it and use an Asus router with mesh nodes connected.

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Theodoric
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Message 8 of 10 (917714)
04-14-2024 9:36 AM
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04-14-2024 7:32 AM


ping is 32. That is the highest latency I have seen. Lowest was 25, usually right about 30.

What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence. -Christopher Hitchens

Facts don't lie or have an agenda. Facts are just facts

"God did it" is not an argument. It is an excuse for intellectual laziness.

If your viewpoint has merits and facts to back it up, why would you have to lie?


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Theodoric
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Message 9 of 10 (917719)
04-14-2024 9:55 AM


our cell towers
To give you an idea of our cell situation here is a map of towers in our area.
We are NW of tower 324953.
Cellular Tower and Signal Map

What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence. -Christopher Hitchens

Facts don't lie or have an agenda. Facts are just facts

"God did it" is not an argument. It is an excuse for intellectual laziness.

If your viewpoint has merits and facts to back it up, why would you have to lie?


  
Taq
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Message 10 of 10 (917767)
04-15-2024 4:10 PM
Reply to: Message 2 by NosyNed
04-14-2024 8:13 AM


Re: competition
NosyNed writes:
If you have good wired internet then Starlink isn't meant for you.
Yep. It's the Miller Lite of broadband. It will do if you can't get something better.

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