Satellite internet?

stretch

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I live in Las Terrenas and I am in negotiations to accept a job to teach specialized online IT courses. I already have Claro fibre-optic installed in my house. It is quite stable, but every once in a while a truck hits a line somewhere and we go without internet for a day or two. This is not an option for me because the institution I will be teaching for cannot replace the instructor mid-course, as it is a specialized course. I need to have a backup internet connection. Has anyone had any success with a satellite internet connection in Las Terrenas or in the NE corner of the country?
 

AlterEgo

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Starlink is coming. There’s a thread about it.

 

MiamiDRGuy

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Starlink is coming. There’s a thread about it.

When it becomes fully available, I'm going to order one. I'm tired of Claro BS, paying $2600RD for 20Mpbs but my wife always get 1-2Mpbs if your LUCKY!

Time for me to ditch Claro
 

beeza

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I live in Las Terrenas and I am in negotiations to accept a job to teach specialized online IT courses. I already have Claro fibre-optic installed in my house. It is quite stable, but every once in a while a truck hits a line somewhere and we go without internet for a day or two. This is not an option for me because the institution I will be teaching for cannot replace the instructor mid-course, as it is a specialized course. I need to have a backup internet connection. Has anyone had any success with a satellite internet connection in Las Terrenas or in the NE corner of the country?
I'm in the exact same situation. Covid has changed me from being an engineer to an instructor and I conduct classes online with Zoom. I have fibre cable from Delancer in Sosua and the truck has hit the pole a few times during my new career and is quite frustrating. I have a 4G cellular modem as my backup, but Zoom consumes the MBs and can be costly.

Can't wait for Mr Musk to complete his world domination of satellite internet. I will be of the early adopters as soon as it's available here.
 
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Bred

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They will have to improve the antennas first.

Starlink dishes go into “thermal shutdown” once they hit 122° Fahrenheit

This is going to be a big problem here. First you have to pay US$500 for the equipment plus shipping, plus whatever tax ADUANA wants to charge for it. Then when the dish breaks under warranty what are you going to do with it? Ship it back to the USA? How much? Then pay for shipping and ADUANA again? That's going to be an expensive toy.

I paid my $99 deposit to StarLink earlier in April, as well as several of my friends here did. After reading the above reports I am now thinking to cancel my order and get my deposit back, unless StarLink improves the current antennas.
 

windeguy

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Virtually nobody will pay to ship such an item back to the US. That kind of shipping from here to the USA is not a good option at all. I suspect the same thing applies to most countries , so if the only repair center is in the USA, this won't be a good option until the dishes have improved circuitry and can remain stationary and reliable for years after enough satellites are launched. Motors and salt air are are bad enough of a combination for those near the coast in the Tropics, but temperature shutdowns at 122 degrees F seems untenable in many parts of the world. It will depend on what circuits are unable to function at higher temps as to how this eventually plays out.

As an electronic design engineer, the above issues are one reason I am not an early adopter of new technology.

From the article and I quote: " SpaceX will need to make "a significant hardware revision for the commercial launch." He called it "a really tricky engineering problem with some insanely tight constraints."

Yep, they should have had that in mind from day 1. Such a heat problem is a BIG problem.