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I live out in a rural area (in Missouri, also pronounced Misery. rolleyes.gif) and our only source of internet is through our cell phones, or satellite. Right now we use our cell phones, and I can tether mine and have internet that ranges from 1KB/s (Yes seriously, a steady connection of just one measly kilobyte per second. sozo.gif) to sometimes 100KB/s.

Today while searching for different high speed internet providers in my area, I found no one that would offer actual High Speed service, with no data caps. Then i found this website: http://www.broadbandqwireless.com/index.html I have checked the coverage map and it seems we are covered, and I noticed that the coverage map is a Sprint 3G map. Right now this is what we get our phones through, but we get a rather poor signal, however it seems with this setup they give you an Omani-directional antenna, and also a link to where you can buy more powerful antennas. Would this help boost the signal any compared to what we get on our phones? (2-3 Bars) Also the speeds say up to 3Mb/s download and 1.5Mb/s upload, and we have two online gamers (Me and my Brother) and another person who browses the web, though not necessarily all at the same time. Would these speeds be fast enough to handle that kind of downloading/uploading? It also allows you to add a a static IP for $10.00 extra a month, what is that and what does it do?


You don't need to be able to answer them all, just any info or opinions would be much appreciated! thumb.gif

Also have any of you ever used this provider? Are they reliable?
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You could just buy a cell signal repeater and put a direction antenna on that.

3Mb/s is a good amount. I live in a family of three where two of the people browse the web at the same time and I game, and we don't seem to have a problem. We only have 1.4Mb/s too.

If the company uses cell signals then you will probably be using the same towers as you do with Sprint smile.gif.

I can't say anything about the IP because I have no clue what it is.

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You could just buy a cell signal repeater and put a direction antenna on that.
3Mb/s is a good amount. I live in a family of three where two of the people browse the web at the same time and I game, and we don't seem to have a problem. We only have 1.4Mb/s too.
If the company uses cell signals then you will probably be using the same towers as you do with Sprint smile.gif.
I can't say anything about the IP because I have no clue what it is.
Good luck biggrin.gif

Well I should have also stated that we used to have the unlimited hotspot, and with that I could get a consistent 150KB/s, never went about 190KB/s. The thing about a cell repeater is that I have to tether my phone for the unlimited, and nobody is able to do that, so it would only help me. Thanks for the info, I was pretty sure two could game on 3Mb/s because we have gamed on 1.5Mb/s at the same time before.

Thanks for the help though! thumb.gif
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I live in Springfield so I feel bad for you but if you can get 3mpbs consistently, that is more than enough. As long as no one is just downloading stuff or torrenting, gaming actually does not use very much bandwidth at all. The problem you may run into is high latency/ping which would affect your online gaming. Also, the static IP means that your public IP address would not change. This is only helpful if you want to host a website or server so you don't need that.
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It looks like it's the same type of thing I have. It works great and the latencies are low.... when it works. Ours has been very up and down for the last several months. Was only able to start playing WoW again a week ago or so.
 
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I live in Springfield so I feel bad for you but if you can get 3mpbs consistently, that is more than enough. As long as no one is just downloading stuff or torrenting, gaming actually does not use very much bandwidth at all. The problem you may run into is high latency/ping which would affect your online gaming. Also, the static IP means that your public IP address would not change. This is only helpful if you want to host a website or server so you don't need that.

My normal ping right now, when I can get a well enough signal to game, is normally around 200-300ms.I have never seen it drop bellow 150ms before, and having such a high ping can hurt my gaming, but I have gotten used to it now. I'm hoping that the ping wouldn't be more than 300ms. The only thing I ever play is Battle Field: BC 2. If this internet works out I would definitely purchase BF3. Also what would be an acceptable ping for games like that? I know most servers (on BC2 at least) kick players with a ping over 500ms.

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It looks like it's the same type of thing I have. It works great and the latencies are low.... when it works. Ours has been very up and down for the last several months. Was only able to start playing WoW again a week ago or so.

If you have something similar, can you tell me what your ping normally is? Also they have a 10 day Money-Back-Guarantee, so if we don't like it by then we will send it all back. The thing is it is ether this, satellite, or internet except through our phones which is completely unpredictable via tethering. We are just unsure of buying this because we are unsure of the quality of the service, also, does your ISP require you to sign a contract, if you don't mind me asking? The website says it is a reoccurring bill, and I figured that it meant it would automatically bill you unless you cancel kinda like Netflix does.
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Um... well for the past week until just tonight i was in warcraft at between 50-150 ms ping. However during the previous 4+ months it was in the 2000-3000 range. And tonight I think it just crapped out on me and im back at 2000+. Pingtest.net gave me an F, 331ms ping... 141ms jitter.

But to be fair I'm not entirely sure its my internet giving me this problem. The pingtest and the wow server i'm on are in california. I have zero difficulty with yahoo voice chat open and talking to my girlfriend. My problem may just be something between me and california.

As for the contract, ours required a 1 year contract but we've had it for longer than a year now. Like you we simply have no other options. Cox refuses to run us a line, no dsl, and I don't think we even have anywhere with FTTH in tucson az.
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cellular internet will never work well for gaming. reliability is low and there's always the looming threat of data caps sozo.gif

also the only real benefit of a static ip would be for you to host a server, which i doubt you'd be doing.

maybe do a little more digging and see if there isnt a DSL provider in your area. if there is it wont be much better speed wise but it wont have any of the issues that cellular carriers have.
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cellular internet will never work well for gaming. reliability is low and there's always the looming threat of data caps sozo.gif
also the only real benefit of a static ip would be for you to host a server, which i doubt you'd be doing.
maybe do a little more digging and see if there isnt a DSL provider in your area. if there is it wont be much better speed wise but it wont have any of the issues that cellular carriers have.

We've been looking for for a year now. Nothing else beside satellite. I can game using Sprint now, but it is rare and takes up my phone, and since I have to do that through tethering nobody else can get on. sad-smiley-002.gif
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