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Hi guys,

I know this isn't totally related to Networking but its the best section I could find on this forum. I didn't feel like going to another forum because I find that members on this forum are always helpful and always give their honest opinion.

I presently have (Videotron) Cable internet at my apartment, the connection is fast and my online gaming experience is good, almost no lag, responce time is great, ping is great, torrent download is stable and fast and very reliably.. I NEVER get disconnected.

I bought a house and will be moving by the end of the month, Cable internet and ADSL is not available. I'm pretty much stuck with 3 of the following services. The first one is called "Bell Unplugged" which is a 2.5Ghz Wireless Broad band connection called Inukshuk. I've read that the signal for this service can be easily affected by tree's\\leaves and land deviation\he higher you are the worse the signal. The second option is called "LOOK" its some type of Microwave connection (not satellite) they setup a house dish on your roof and point it directly at a Microwave send/receive tower. The 3rd option is Satellite, but I want to stay as much away from this service as possible since it is very expensive and the upload speed and responce times sucks, you also need a phone line.

My question is... which one as the best responses time as well as ping (for gaming), reliability and download speed (for Torrent downloads). I'm trying to choose between the 2.5Ghz (Inukshuk) Wireless broad band connection and the Microwave/tower connection. They both have the same download and upload speed of 3 Mbps/up and about 780 Kbps up speeds.

Any input on this is welcomed... good or bad... especially from members with first hand experience with these services.
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I remember reading a artcile online about people in moutain areas where they couldn't run fibre optic or cable lines used standard wifi but very focused and they were able to send it up to something rediculas like 2-3 miles away with very little loss in signal strength. You'd have to get some equipment to focus the signal one way and receive it though. (FCC regulates frequencies so amplifying it isn't possible, only focus and directing it)

Just a possibility if you're not too rural.

I'd say get the wireless service probably although I don't know much about the microwave service but I can imagine it's pricey.
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I'm not to rural, I'm only 5 minutes away from a cable or ADSL connection... thats what sucks.
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if i were u i would go with the wireless broadband. but keep in mind the max speeds they advertise is some speeds you will probably never reach, for those max speeds you need fullbar signal strength, and even with full bar signal strength you will almost never achieve those as those are theoritical yields.

i've used wireless broad band before it was called CLEARWIRE, u can check it out at clearwire.com, its pretty reliable, but not as fast as cable.

i would stay away from the micrwoave.. wat ever internet. it sounds new, never heard of it, and it sounds like it coudl be harmful to your health, and very unreliable. and if you have to set up a satelitte dish to use it, i bet the ping will be much higher than wireless broadband
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I remember reading a artcile online about people in moutain areas where they couldn't run fibre optic or cable lines used standard wifi but very focused and they were able to send it up to something rediculas like 2-3 miles away with very little loss in signal strength. You'd have to get some equipment to focus the signal one way and receive it though. (FCC regulates frequencies so amplifying it isn't possible, only focus and directing it)

Just a possibility if you're not too rural.

I'd say get the wireless service probably although I don't know much about the microwave service but I can imagine it's pricey.
If he knows someone with wifi and has LOS, he could use a USB wifi adapter, and MacGyver it with a wok and a few other things...

Here's what I'm talking about:
5km USB WiFi / Wok

Other than that, regular services include DirecWay and Wireless Broadband (if available)...
    
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I found this web link online... it seems that WIFI is a braod band service but has a limited range.

I found that fixed wireless technologie has range of over 50KM, or about 31 miles for you american's , there are different radio bands and technologies available.

Web link....
http://www.hiltonbeach.com/broadband...oduction.1.php

Extract.......
The area of greatest promise is fixed wireless. Unlike WiFi, fixed wireless operates at much higher power and at different frequencies, giving it a range of up to 50 kilometers and a bandwidth of up to 1.5 Gbps. Five different flavors are available: cellular 3G broadband, MMDS, LMDS, proprietary fixed wireless (Motorola Canopy), and WiMAX. Each implementation involves a central antenna or cluster of antennas, usually on a tower or tall building, and an access module at each subscriber location. Some implementations require a line of site between the tower and subscriber, while others do not. Because of its high bandwidth, long range, ease of deployment and widespread industry support as a new standard, WiMAX has a very bright future, as do the rural communities that could soon have broadband Internet access thanks to this emerging technology.


It seems that the LOOK service and the UNPLUGGED service, are both pretty much the same except one needs a line of site between my house "antenna" and the other doesn't.

I guess I'll try the UNPLUGGED service first, since it doesn't need the line of site... if not I'll go with LOOK an have an antenna installed on my house.
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I'm not to rural, I'm only 5 minutes away from a cable or ADSL connection... thats what sucks.
Well the wok wifi method will have a range according to them of 5km/3.1miles.

So if the nearest ADSL/Cable is 5 minutes away thats probably doable.
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the only thing is that storms have a chance to interupt the connection u are using but what else can ya do
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Well the wok wifi method will have a range according to them of 5km/3.1miles.

So if the nearest ADSL/Cable is 5 minutes away thats probably doable.
I know someone who has cable internet, but he's about 10 minutes away. about 10 to 15km away.

Does any one here actualy have wireless broad band connection?
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I know someone who has cable internet, but he's about 10 minutes away. about 10 to 15km away.

Does any one here actualy have wireless broad band connection?
Not personally, but have had 2-3 customers with Sprint... Seems to work "ok" though I'm not sure how it'll work if you do gaming etc...

There's also a Wireless broadband (couple of them actually...) and they seem to work alright..

Edit: Otherwise if you've got the cash, you can do this:
125 mile 802.11b WiFi requires LARGE dish at both locations and need LOS between the dishes...

    
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