Greets all. Great resource here. I'm a new subscriber to satellite internet service. I got my kit last week and have been up and running ever since. Was hoping to get a few pointers from those of you that have had the service for a bit.
Have to say installation was pretty straight-forward. I'm located in central Italy -- after calling tech support about polarization angle (I was supposed to *start* at 90 degrees!) -- it was pretty smooth. Used a cheap (less than 10 euro) satellite finder that I found at my local electronics shop. Looks to be exactly the same one in the installation PDF, judging by the photo. Couldn't get the sensitivity down without losing the signal altogether, but here I am.
At any rate, a few questions, somewhat in order of importance:
1. I assume that the accuracy of my installation effects performance -- correct? Just because I have a signal and I can run a decent speed test, I may not be seeing the whole picture? Any suggestions (equipment?) for getting the best possible installation? I'm hoping the answer is cheap (i.e. not a spectrum analyzer)
2. I do most of my work via VPN into a home office in the U.S. -- I notice that I have the most trouble uploading. That is, speed test says I have decent upload speed.. 200-300 kbps.. but I lose my connection (to the VPN) 4 out of 5 times on large file uploads. Any insight?
3. I do alot of Skype. Now I know satellite isn't suited, but its the only I option I have where I live. Round trip times have been up to 1.5 seconds but the connection seems to stay live and, well, considering my options, can't complain. I'm wondering if there is anyway to make this better? not roundtrip, but performance. Can I open any of the ports skype would like to see open? As far as I can tell there is no config options for my tooway router.
Thanks all. Tony