I am looking for some user opinions on Hughesnet Voice. The community seems to have mixed opinions. I can accept things like rain fade and minor outages, but this post, which suggests high latency (delay) is disconcerting. Has anyone else had this problem? It's kind of a deal breaker for me.
My honest input... Have a good Verizon Cellular signal? Doesn't need to be 4G or anything. But if you have decent Verizon coverage, I would honestly recommend StraightTalk Home Phone... Plugs into your house phone just like normal, provides backup power for a few hours should your power go out, and is fairly cheap at about $15/month. But as I said, it requires a decent cell signal, and depends heavily on the Verizon wireless network.
How-ever if you have an $80 phone bill like we once did, and no cell signal, it wouldn't be horrible. There is a higher latency, but, the Hughes Voice system operates on a dedicated channel seperate from the rest of the network traffic AFAIK. Which will result in slightly lower latency. I think it's about as low as humanly possible with satellite. About 500-650ms or so.
I think it's possible, you just have to realize it will have a delay slightly similar to that of a cellphone (literally about a half second delay between the time you start talking and them acknowledging it, it's smaller than one would think) when talking, and that clear weather is almost a must. You also need to have plans in the event you need to call 911 if your signal is out.
I see it's your first post here, so welcome to the community! Good question, glad to see Charles offer his input for your consideration. Just some other info to add on: you can cancel w/o ETF within the first 30 days of getting HughesNet Voice, but you are responsible for shipping costs to return the ATA.
If you have a tech or billing question and need help, please start a new thread in the appropriate board. Unsolicited Private Messages may not get replies.
Heh, depends. I live in a very... difficult place for Verizon, minimal signal, pretty much useless inside. I find the benefit being even if you have a low signal, one could buy a cable, and external outdoor antenna and place an antenna outside on the top of a house for better signal.