Our wireless Intertubes service is much better than satellite…when it works. Lately, it hasn’t been working so well, especially in the evenings. (I suspect our provider has oversold their network capacity.) Our latency in WoW is stellar in the mornings, so-so during the day, and atrocious at night. There are also frequent lag spikes that will disconnect us from the server on a regular basis.
Right now, we’re not too keen on the idea of paying them past our pre-paid 12-month period that ends in January. Since dial-up is out of the question, and we don’t want to go back to Hughesnet, I’ve investigated EVDO, particularly Verizon’s 3G data network. They now make MiFi intelligent mobile hotspots that connect up to five devices to the 3G data network via WiFi, and one of those would be just the ticket. The data plan is $80 for 10GB/month, but that’s in the same ballpark as our old Hughesnet connection, and actually gives more of a data allowance than satellite did.
Verizon’s data coverage map shows us as having 3G coverage. We both have Verizon phones, and the signal at the house is a bit spotty. Anyone with any 3G data or EVDO experience care to make a prediction as to viability for switching the Intertubes at Castle Frostbite to Verizon’s EVDO? I don’t think I can take the hardware home, and then return it to get the 2-year contract canceled if our connection turns out too spotty for reliable data traffic.