[all variants] Satellite Internet - should it really suck this much?

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http://ubuntuforums.org – So, I'm staying out at a friend's house in the middle of nowhere, and she's been complaining about how slow her satellite internet has been of late. So I decided I'd take a look... If I ping my server at home, I end up with these statistics: Code: // @ 1 ping probe per second 60 packets transmitted, 36 received, 40% packet loss, time 59172ms rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 639.915/799.882/1209.119/104.763 ms, pipe 2 Compare that to driving 70 down the highway tethered to my cell phone: I see latencies in the 3000's and out-of-order packets, but practically none get (HowTos)