- How fast is WildBlue satellite service? How does it compare to cable modems and DSL?
WildBlue's always-on satellite broadband Internet service connection provides a user downstream speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps - more than 30 times faster than today's dial-up speeds. Wild Blue's high bandwidth opens up a window to a world of rich content that is largely unavailable through dial-up modems.
- What is the impact of latency? Can I play real-time Internet games or make
Internet phone calls on your service?
Wild Blue broadband satellite system is engineered to help offset the impact of latency, which is the delay caused by sending signals from the earth to the satellite and back again. However, there is a delay of about a quarter second as the signal travels up to the satellite and back down to the ground. For most applications this latency does not affect performance, however, there are some applications like voice over IP (telephone service delivered over the Internet, also known as VoIP), or real-time interactive gaming, where latency will have a noticeable effect on performance over the WildBlue network, as it would on any satellite-delivered service.
- What if my computer did not come with a Network Interface Card (NIC)? What
can I do?
Many computers can be upgraded with a 10/100 Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC) - which you can find at almost any consumer electronics store, or at an online store. If you are comfortable with opening your computer and installing hardware, most Ethernet NICs can be self-installed. Check with your computer manufacturer for more information on the right Ethernet NIC for your system.
Also, if you have an available USB port on your computer, you can purchase a USB Ethernet adapter (available at almost any consumer electronics store, or online) This may be easier to install than a PCI card in your computer. For a laptop, you can purchase a standard PCMCIA card that provides an Ethernet connection, or you can purchase a USB Ethernet adapter as well. We recommend that you upgrade your computer to meet all of the requirements listed above to get the most out of your Internet experience.
- Is Wild Blue satellite Internet service affected by weather?
The service is only minimally affected by weather, and only under extreme conditions. Wild blue high speed internet service will offer availability equal to that of satellite TV. Like satellite TV services, during a very heavy rainstorm, you may notice slower WildBlue speeds, but this should normally only last a few minutes