09-01-2013 08:18:53 PM
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09-01-2013 10:11:16 PM
The MicroCell is designed for land-based internet service only. It will not work reliably (or at all) with satellite internet service and should say so in the product literature. I'm not even sure if Verizon's femtocell will work with a satellite ISP. If satellite is the only way you can get internet, then you're out of luck with the MicroCell. Did you buy this new from AT&T or from a second party?
09-02-2013 08:54:39 AM
Some have had limited luck with the MicroCell and a satellite ISP but as soon as the ISP changes/updates protocols, the MicroCell stops working. The answer to that is expanded macrocell (tower) coverage for the more rural areas but that's not going to happen anytime soon.
09-03-2013 09:26:13 AM
Just to expound further on the use of femtocells on satellite internet connections, while AT&T says that they do not support this with their Mcell, it can be done with other femtocells. Unfortunately, the universal problem with satellite internet latency would make any femtocell usage just about impossible to tolerate.
While dishNet (and others) can provide download and upload speeds that exceed the minimum requirements for a femtocell, the dirty little secret they don't talk about in their advertisements is the latency one experiences while using a satellite internet connection. This may not be such a big deal when accessing email or web browsing but for any type of two-way usage (i.e. VOIP, gaming, etc.), it is essentially a deal breaker.
Consider the fact that the radio signal from a satellite modem to the ISP must travel 44,600 miles (up and back) just to start off with. That equates to a latency of 238 ms. Now add to that the additional latency of the rest of the provider's satellite internet infrastructure and then the internet itself. To top it off, two-way satellite Internet connections must make the same round trip twice if data is being sent as well as received.
The result is a latency that can be as much as 1,150 ms and averages 850 ms. Trying to carry on a conversation with this kind of delay will result in two people talking over each other, making a simple phone call an exasperating experience.
The OP didn't say if he could get any signal at all on his cellphones at his home location, but there are cellphone signal booster/antenna solutions that can work in remote areas. Wilson Electronics would be the place to start.