Satellite and Macs?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by DeborahK, Dec 13, 2001.

  1. DeborahK

    DeborahK Supporting Actor

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    I am cross posting this here and in the DBS area, hoping to find an answer for a desperate friend. Here is the question:

    "We have a house in the central California mountains, in an area with no TV cable service and no DSL, just a standard telephone line. We'd like to get satellite Internet service, but we have Macintosh computers, not PCs. Has anybody found a satellite sevice that works

    with Macs?"

    Thanks if you can help,

    Deborah
     
  2. DonRoeber

    DonRoeber Screenwriter

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    Perhaps they can get a PC, and use network sharing software to share the internet connection to their macs?
     
  3. Joseph S

    Joseph S Cinematographer

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    I've heard of people doing this.
    http://www.starbandusers.com/etherme.htm
    By removing the USB card in the modem it defaults to ethernet. You can then hook it to a Mac or Router.
    This really shouldn't be an issue at all. It's not like it takes a genius to plug in ethernet and choose Connect via DHCP in the TCP/IP or Network(OS X) control panel. It just works without any sort of "technical know-how." DirecPC and Starband are losing a lot of customers over something that would take 1 minute to teach the installer techs.
    Here's a few more links.
    http://forums.delphiforums.com/n/mb/...lat&msg=1243.1
    http://www.macworld.com/2001/08/29/starband_part2.html
    http://www.macslash.com/article.pl?s...11&mode=thread
    http://www.macworld.com/2001/08/29/starband_part2.html
     
  4. DeborahK

    DeborahK Supporting Actor

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    Joseph and Don,

    Many thanks for the helpful replies. I am passing your suggestions on to my friend. She is a programmer (now retired) and her husband is a professor of physics (semi-retired), so these people are by no means techno-phobes. They had considered getting a cheap PC just to use for the internet, but were trying to fing a more elegant and simpler solution. I will post here what they decide to do.

    Thanks, again, guys.

    Deborah
     

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