What luck... Anyone know anything about the F2 evaluation gear box? First John was complaining that I was making havoc on the band in a light wind. The arm was moving up and down a little. On stowing it, something let go in the gear box.. Any one had one open??? Motosat wants $500 for a $100 or less item. OK if I was a commercial company but for us little guys no break at all. Has to cost them down the road - IMHO..
MotoSat sometimes has junkers that they might be able to cannibalize the gear box for you.
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$400 for one that they would never use even on a refurbished F2. Steve, my installer said he would pay for a new one. Someone with scruples. After the 20% monthly increase and there attitude with us small guys, I am having a hard time giving them the money. I am really mad right now. May think different later but don't think so.
Ted, I think that users with a history of service loyalty are the ones being cannibalized.
My D3 died a while back, but luckily I was able to access the firmware upgrade server and reload firmware. That put it back on line. I wonder how many "defective" D3's have been replaced for that same apparent problem? My F1 is still holding, but heaven only knows how long. It has to be one of the oldest original designs still in service.
[update - skype handset connects aOK using WEP] In view of my 30% price increase, I am evaluating the VZ MiFi 2200 modem/wifi access point. So far it is running at reasonable speed, but not high enough for Hulu or Netflix via Roku streaming. $80/mo for 10G, +$10/GB over that. 10 GB meets my monthly needs with my business text streaming and casual browsing and downloading. I would miss my Roku streaming of course, but then I probably should do more reading!
In addition, the 2200 usually gives me up to 300MB up, whereas the Ethersat/105 gives me less than 10MB up. And Ethersat has had the habit a couple of timess lately of refusing to serve simple web pages in the early afternoon. All indicators (S/N, etc.) on my end good, none of the infamous local interference..
VZ allows Skype over their network now, but I have had issues with the Skype wifi handset that I use, drop out after a minute. Searching the web I found many references to similar problems, and one obscure reference about the security setting. I have not had a 30 minute conversation opportunity yet, but I think using WEP instead of WPA solves the problem. At least that got me over the 1 minute drop mark to at least 5 minutes, hopefully it will work indefinitely. Anybody want to talk for 45 minutes? Due to the short range of the 2200 I doubt if WEP could be considered a security risk.
So I will continue eval of the 2200 for up to an additional week and decide if I want to give up the satellite 'anywhere' capability, changing travel style somewhat.
[update - A movie has been watched using the WiFi hot spot via VZ. based on the entire movie (1h 34m) on Netflix streaming at quality level 2 (same as for Ethersat stream), the average download stream rate was 3.75MB/minute. Several cache-fill stops were experienced, probably a few more than I experience on Ethersat.]
[ December 29, 2010, 02:13 PM: Message edited by: Garry P. ]
Yep, that is good service alright. Suds, I am glad that you are happy with your equipment and service.
I am having very variable service with the "low contention" ethersat service, and i am still considering abandoning it, even though I have not had it long enough to consider my $3000 investment to be recouped.
Someone, DonB, I think it is, has said "it is what it is." And I have found that to be very true - i.e. take it or leave it. But it has been very expensive to learn what "up to" means. In my case it usually means "almost but not quite".
I am very happy with the service. It;s the price that I am not happy with, but I found a good way to handle it..
Ignore it, don't think about it. Think about Government earmarks, think about our debt, think about borrowing more money from china to pay or debt to china - hay, I used to think that way right before I went bellyUp..
Hey, Suds, sounds like Bouse is a paradise!
I partially justified the expense by getting a bandwidth to support video streams. Sometimes it works, other times it takes me 90 minutes of wading through buffering due to bandwidth to watch a TV program that has 45 minutes content. Other times I can't even get the stream to start. And occasionally cannot connect at all, even to the Goog. So I had to bite the bullet and buy BW on Verizon as a backup.
Another reason is the absence of FAP - that they fulfill, generally speaking. The thing is, if I cannot stream, then I do not need FAPless bandwidth, the BW with FAP of the Hughes was fine. I did this to avoid cost of saqt TV for entertainment. Mistake. But "it is what it is".
And then there is the price hike - no need to comment on that, wiped out most of my projected savings.
Oh yes, it is not the state of the US economy that keeps me awake at night, as "it is what it is". It is the state of MY economy which is dismal.