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Re: Starband && OpenBSD
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: Starband && OpenBSD
- From: josh <dorqus_(_at_)_bsdfreek_(_dot_)_com>
- Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 14:15:02 -0500
> A) The newest Starband models are ETHERNET and USB. In fact, the docs
> indicate that Ethernet is the preferred method (standard 10baseT RJ45
> connectioin) of connection. The old models used USB only (they are no
> longer sold).
I had starband, about a year ago. My receiver was USB only, but it
seems that by removing a screw in the back there was access to an
10baseT ethernet jack.
> C) The docs regarding VPN are simply talking about ping times... Since
> they are a sat connection, you're looking at big-block asymmetric
> transfers (around 300-600K downloads, around 50-75K uploads) with lousy
> ping times. So if you're playing some online games, then this won't
> work. But business apps, including most VPN-type apps I've seen, work
> just fine.
I don't know about that. My installation was horrendous. A ssh
window was like being dialed up over 2400baud modem, even with
compression enabled on the ssh connection. I don't play online
games, so I can't speak for that.
> I ENTHUSIASTICALLY recommend Starband -- I don't work for the company,
> and I'm not an installer -- but I've spec'd three installations of it,
> and the users all love it. Plus, in the right geographic situations,
> it's the ONLY solution (that, and DirecPC).
I enthusiastically would NOT recommend Starband, unless it's
your only option. I had serious issues with both the installer
(who is an independant installer, not a Starband employee)
and Starband's tech support. Maybe I just lucked out and got
a bad installer, but I would tell everyone to stay away.
My download speeds on ISDN were MUCH faster than Starband.