Thursday, 8 January 2009

Satellite Internet Suspended

Hard to believe but today I've officially suspended my Satellite Internet connection, packed up the dish and am now connected to the 'net with a Telstra (Netcomm) Bigpond Home Gateway (3G9WB).

My costs stayed roughly the same ($130p/m), but instead of a 1024/256 kbit link and  10Gb of data, I now have a 7/2 mbit link with 10Gb of data.

I've got a high-gain antenna attached to my gateway and set-up is now a case of plugging in the modem to 240 volt power and waiting 30 seconds for the modem to boot - beats the hell out of unpacking and building a mount, pointing a dish and setting up the electronics.

It's the end of an era. The Gilat gear has stood me in good stead for many years, been stable and reliable and despite Optus' best efforts at poor customer support, their technicians in the BOC still have my full respect.

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