It is specific to the provider. Depending on the service the antenna may be self contained or separate. Generally Satelite requires a separate antenna. For a while I used a cellular Hotspot but it was more expensive than cable Internet because it was priced by volume.. In my area we also have the option of microwave as well but coverage is limited to line of sight.What kind of equipment is needed to connect a laptop to the internet via satellite or cell phone tower?
Satellite requires a big dish and very expensive and slow service. Though Starlink is changing some of that. Starlink is in its early stages and you may not be able to get it yet.What kind of equipment is needed to connect a laptop to the internet via satellite or cell phone tower?
Cell is simple. Go to the nearest AT&T or Verizon store (or whatever your local cell carrier might be) and get a data-only plan and a mobile hotspot device (fits in your hand).
It seems that in the past few months, Visible has become much more restrictive about allowing the use of hotspot or tethering data.Maybe look into Visible … heard lots of positives on another forum about their unlimited plan not being restricted as frequently as the others… but it’s all 2nd hand info…
Satellite internet is horrible in every way and is only viable if you can't train carrier pigeons to carry thumb drives.
Good to know… the one positive about Visible was that it was a month to month type plan so you could try it out and if you were in a group of 4 or more it was only $25 a month…It seems that in the past few months, Visible has become much more restrictive about allowing the use of hotspot or tethering data.
I've been in a rural area and using an unlimited 4g data plan from ATT for 20$ a month-- but it was tricky to set up. There's a lot of misinfo out there about these plans. If you can get an ATT signal coverage at your location, it's probably about the best bang for your buck that I can find. If not, Verizon or verizon-based MNVO's are the second best choice, at least in my region
Man you've got it good! At my place I have the options of Frontier DSL at "Up To" 16Mb or... umm... carrier pigeon?
The worst part is that AT&T has a fiber line running through my yard... grrr...
Starlink is satellite based, I have it as my main connection here in the UK, it draws 90 watts under full load and give me around 300/350MbpsIf you can get 4g or Starlink those are your best options. Satellite internet is horrible in every way and is only viable if you can't train carrier pigeons to carry thumb drives.