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A friend of mine lives several miles outside city limits and broadband isn't available where he is. A few of his neighbors have satellite, but im uncertain whether this will provide enough for what hes looking to do. My friend wants to play games like Minecraft, TESO, and other online mmorpgs, so we were wondering what the required mbs upload/download hes going to need in order for this to work.

We've looked into
Verizon hotspot plans
Hughes.net
Direct tv


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The problem with any satellite based internet is ping. Years ago I had hughes.net and the ping was 3000-5000 all the time. Downloads were fine but the latency is depressing. That effectively means no online gaming of any kind, you will always be 3-5 seconds behind everyone else. What I have now is a wireless T1 from a rural broadband company. http://www.ruralnetwireless.com/ is what I have. Is quite expensive for very little bandwidth but the latency is in the 50's most of the time. That is likely your only option, if it's even available. I'm sure there are other companies across the country that have a similar service. That or dial up. Should work on dial up but the bandwidth is obviously terrible for downloading / uploading anything.

The other problem with satellite of any kind is very very low usage caps each month, and if you go over they slow your service to barely dial up speeds... at least back when I had it.
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I'd sy if they have a 4G LTE/ 3G plan the pings aren't AS bad compared to Satellite. If you have Cell Service and a data plan try tethering for a bit and testing the pings or running speedtest.net.

I've gamed on 3G before had about 200ms - 300ms pings but not as awful as Satelite.
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I'd sy if they have a 4G LTE/ 3G plan the pings aren't AS bad compared to Satellite. If you have Cell Service and a data plan try tethering for a bit and testing the pings or running speedtest.net.

I've gamed on 3G before had about 200ms - 300ms pings but not as awful as Satelite.

3G's minimum latency is around that yeah, if you have 3G+ (aka HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, etc) it's generally a third of that. My best result on a HSDPA link was 94ms from Speedtest.net.
4G is far lower than that, especially on LTE. LTE is supposed to have a RTT of about 4-5 ms, but that's under absolutely perfect circumstances. If you live in the sticks, you probably won't have access to LTE, let alone a good 3G signal.
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