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#1 twixster

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 09:23 AM

I am trying to find a solution to setup one of my remote users with internet access. Currently we pay for a cellular card for her but it drops the connection frequently and is not very impressive compared to 56k. My question is, is there a way to link multiple phone lines together so that she may be able to get around 256k or basically anything better than 56 K. She needs to be able to use VPN and she needs to be able to get documents quickly (spreadsheets, word docs, powerpoints, and pictures).

We have looked at DSL and Cable but they are going to cost us well over 15,000 to get installed (we would be paying for there info structure) and we would rather not pay that it we can get something better than cellular or 56k modem access.

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 10:12 AM

What part of the country (world) will she be connecting from? ISDN can reach speeds of about 128kbs but the monthly fee is pretty steep. Around $80/mo last time I looked. Some older ISP may still have technology call Shot Gunning. This was never wide spread but involved two modems in one computer communicating in parralel with the ISP. This requires 2 accounts, but is cheaper than ISDN. Verison Broadband has rolled out HSI WIFI. Simply there send a broadband signal via wireless straight to you. Verse POTS or cable provide wifi from and onsite router.
One other option. One of my customers was in a similar situation. The local cable wanted $$$$ to run service to his shop. He had 80% of the buniesses sign a "Letter of Promise" to sign up when the service was available. It took 3 months, but Cox Cable installed service and waved the fees. They ended up with 95% signing up.
You could do the same but play the cable and telephone companies against each other.

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 10:30 AM

She is in Louisiana on a farm where she is 15 or 20 miles from the closest town and broadband is not an option at that town the closest town with broadband is about 50 miles away (where our mill used to be, and we had to pay to get DSL out there as well). We looked at shot gunning or multilink but we are not sure that her closest ISP supports it. Also, we are not completely sure how we would set it up. Right now she has an edge card from Cingular which drops the connection on her about every 15 - 20 minutes. This also creates problems for one of the applications that she uses (our companies database program, which only has so many licenses and if people randomly log on and off then the licenses start to run out and we have to log-on and clear the open sessions.

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 11:53 AM

I almost forgot. There is also the satelitte option. Talk to member rimmer about that. That is what he uses.


http://www.starband.com/
http://www.direcpc.com/
http://www.skycasters.com/satellite-internet/index.html

Where in Louisiana?
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Posted 24 January 2006 - 04:39 PM

Near Rayville

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 05:15 PM

Have family in Bienville. I know a couple of people that have the DirecPC/DirecWAY and seem to like it, except for the price of the equipment.
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Posted 25 January 2006 - 09:07 AM

Do they have any experience with VPN over the DirecWAY because that is what we are looking at getting her and we don't want to have to buy the VPN accelorator as well.

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 09:46 AM

One of them has there computer port forward so he can access his computer from the road. He runs VNC software. This is the site he used to help configure his computer/connecion. http://www.portforward.com . There is a small lag time but they do not mind since they do not game.
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 09:16 AM

that kind of helps but i was just wondering about VPN (Virtual Private Network) because it is how we allow users to access data off the servers from home. VNC is different in that it allows you to control things from remote locations and usually experiences lag over almost any connection just like terminal services.

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 06:41 PM

There should be no reason you could not VPN via satellite. Same concept as DSL or Cable just a different technology getting there. Here are two links that may answer your questions..

http://www.hns.com/HNS/Rooms/DisplayPages/...e.entity.Entity[OID[A77F561A26DF9842841AB1958B2BBFE6]]

http://hns.getdway.com/HNS/Rooms/DisplayPa...B27566F74%5D%5D
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