|Satellite internet reliability?
||[Feb. 19th, 2006|01:11 am]
The Question Club
We play poker online for a living. We're considering moving to the middle of nowhere in NV to save on both housing and taxes, and to be able to afford a small ranch so I can get back to raising hoofstock and poultry. Unfortunately cable and DSL aren't generally available in the middle of nowhere, and broadband is kinda essential for us, both professionally and personally. So we'd have to get satellite internet.
Is satellite reasonably reliable these days? I know it used to suck really badly, but we've also heard from some people using it now that it's a lot better now. But then, they're not poker players or gamers, and they'd notice temporary disruptions in service an awful lot less than we would.
Are any of you currently using satellite connections to play (poker, or gaming -- games would have similar experiences with connection quality issues, just without $1,000+ in play at the time), online? How often does it bite you on the ass? More important, how often does it bite you on the ass unexpectedly? We're okay with outages during storms, which are rare and would have dialup backup available -- we're not so okay with frequent random lagginess, and dropping out of six or eight tables of poker with a bunch of money in play for no discernable reason on a regular basis.