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I used Hughes internet with SL from 2006 - 2009.

It used a 2 watt LNB and latency was about 0.25 seconds on avg.

I used it because at the time, dial-up was my only other "broadband".

I had to deal with a 250MB daily download limit and later, low speeds during prime time hours because Hughes started catering to other markets and shafted their internet users.

Today, I would hope latency has improved, but the nature of satellite tells me it won't be by much.

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You should be able to use satellite. While it is fast, it has the issue of latency, which means requests may take a few seconds to initialize, but the stream will overall be fast. A good way to explain this:

  High speed Low speed
Line based Fast and responsive Slow but responsive
Satellite based Fast but delayed Slow and delayed

So while assets may download fast, you will likely experience a larger than usual delay, imagine pressing "w" on a line based connection and you moving instantly, but pressing "w" on a satellite connection and you move about maybe 0.4 to 0.6 seconds later.

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15 minutes ago, Chaser Zaks said:

You should be able to use satellite. While it is fast, it has the issue of latency, which means requests may take a few seconds to initialize, but the stream will overall be fast. A good way to explain this:

  High speed Low speed
Line based Fast and responsive Slow but responsive
Satellite based Fast but delayed Slow and delayed

So while assets may download fast, you will likely experience a larger than usual delay, imagine pressing "w" on a line based connection and you moving instantly, but pressing "w" on a satellite connection and you move about maybe 0.4 to 0.6 seconds later.

Is satellite effected by weather?  I know whenever it rained badly at my sister's, it would go down.

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1 minute ago, RowanMinx said:

Is satellite effected by weather?  I know whenever it rained badly at my sister's, it would go down.

Yes, we still have satellite TV where I live, and if the weather gets bad enough, it can cause issues. But technology is a lot better than it used to be, I remember when a slight rain storm would cause the TV to go out. It would take really severe rain filled clouds to take out the signal.

As for internet, I'd say some corrupt packets may occur during any form of non-clear weather, but those would mostly either get corrected or re-sent without the user even noticing.

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2 hours ago, Candi Clawtooth said:

If I have satellite for my internet provider will I be able to use Secondlife??

 

In my experience, I was up in the mountains of Montana with only a satellite connection and no cell service what so ever. You are only allowed so much data on them during the day but after 1 am I believe it is free until I think 7am... Anyway, my experience with it was that I could connect but nothing would rez and if i dared to go to a event.. instant crash..

So, yes you can run SL however it will eat up your data allotment and you will be VERY, VERY slow to load and lag horribly.

This is from personal experience with hughesnet

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Yes, rain, rain clouds & snow always cut out my connection. During the 2006 - 2009 years SL was such an addiction, I'd take the chance of falling off the roof and dying to wipe the lense on the satellite LNB of any rain droplets or snow build up until I made an access hole through a window an A/C unit occupied and used a long pole with a rag attached to the end to do it safetly. Those were the days...

Yeah, Hughes used to allow unlimited downloading between 2am and 5am (can't remember which TZ I was offsetting), but then when they started catering to other markets, that went away too.

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