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Old 11-26-2012, 07:05 PM   #1
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HughesNet Satellite Internet...Anybody using it with a VOIP phone ?

Running out of options for high speed internet that will support a VOIP (Softphone) telephone. I have spent so much time in the last week sitting on the phone with customer service reps/techs from AT&T that convinced us that their Uverse High Speed would work for our needs all for a big let-down !
Got it up and running this afternoon and I honestly think I had dial-up years ago that was faster !!! 0.41Mbps download just won't cut it ! So, we packed up the equipment and sent it back and continue the quest...

So I would like to hear from anyone using HughesNet that might be using a VOIP telephone and also find out about download/upload speeds and pricing.

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Old 11-26-2012, 08:43 PM   #2
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In my experience (Starband) and having been on various satellite internet forums when I had Starband, apps like games, VOIP and VPN just don't work well with satellite internet.

If you can get some decent speed from tethering to a smartphone then you can usually get a data plan that allows it and go from there. It would seem rather pointless to run VOIP on a cellular data plan though - unless you were making a lot of international calls, and even then...

I don't get 3G here at my house, only 2G (T-Mobile). My kids with an iPhone and AT&T get 3G or better up here, but since I can get 1.5 mbps down with DSL here, I am going with DSL instead and then I can just connect my smartphone with WiFi to the DSL if I need to make a call and I can't via the cell network (some dead spots on my property).

Sorry for the bad news.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:50 AM   #3
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VOIP would be a pain with satellite internet if you could get it working at all, it would be like a Sat phone call so you'd always have a 1-2 second delay.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:30 PM   #4
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Yes -- I tried it knowing that it wont work, and it does not work --- 2000ms latency (2seconds). I do this shit for living.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:23 PM   #5
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Yes -- I tried it knowing that it wont work, and it does not work --- 2000ms latency (2seconds). I do this shit for living.
This is correct. My inlaws have HughesNet. It's OK for casual browsing, but that's about it. It's not fast enough to run even low quality YouTube clips. Considering you'd need low latency for a voice connection, your best bet for voice, if nothing else is available, is either POTS or cell service.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:31 PM   #6
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+1 You are better of running 4G Verizon unlimited tethering, and when you need phone line, just use your cellphone.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:05 AM   #7
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I installed Wild Blue about a year and a half ago and would do everything in my power to get my customers to NOT install it. It was horrible.

On service calls, I would say 1 out of every 4 customers said they were happy with the service.

I would not expect to be able to VoIP over sat internet
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