I try to keep Techzonez members current on the problems that I have with satellite, in case some are considering this option. It is a big investment to move to satellite so you should know what to expect.
Late last week I started having problems with my internet connection. I had changed out some hardware earlier, so thought that I might have caused the problem. After spending time with tech support, they had me uninstall the Direcway software and reinstall. At this point it would not register. The final recommendation was to reinstall Win XP and start over.
Over the week-end, I made clean installs several times. Each time the Direcway soft would not load and would trip security via my anti-virus software (AVG free). Finally used HD utility to write "all zeros" to hard drive and installed Win XP again. By this time, my beard was getting long and the trash under my computer chair was two inches deep. This time the Direcway software installed and registered.
Performance was not good and many pages would not load. Still thinking the problem was mine, I call tech support. I found out that weather in their HQ area had greatly curtailed access. Most customers could not get on the system. Secondly, once that problem cleared up, they discovered that the link to the satellite I am on was on, was not working properly. They said the problem started last night. I believe it started last week.
Obviously, I am back up. The connection is working better than usual.
Satellite internet is better that dial-up, but If you have another broadband option - take it.