WIRELESS INSTRUCTIONSDiscovery wireless Broadband Internet:
First a Disclaimer: We do not have a margin on broadband. We are billed for use regardless of how much use YOU get from it. SKY and CELESTIAL members have "unlimited", but you still have to dampen your transfers or we will go beyond our 2 gb per month limit which will lead to increased fees. Ocean members or guests can buy a voucher (5 mb = $60 USD), but you should understand that if you buy it and it doesn't work to your liking, we cannot offer a refund. The broadband works- FAST, but if you don’t set up your computer correctly you can burn through time VERY VERY fast. I know it works because it works for me (on a PC as well as Mac), but that said- we got a lot of complaints in the past (hopefully the new system will work much better- but it's still satellite). Unfortunately our provider WILL not refund us for complaints like “I only sent one email and it cost $20 bucks!” So, use the system carefully, take the time to set your computer up correctly and please understand it’s a service we are trying to provide but it's limited in nature.
Instructions to dampen MB use:
- Install a firewall like Little Snitch for OSX or Comodo for Windows to prevent applications from talking to the internet
- Do not use Email applications like Outlook, Entourage or Thunderbird as they waste bandwidth by syncing all folders on the mailserver. Use something like UUPlus or Skyfile.
- Or, just use webmail (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo etc) with a webbrowser that has images, multimedia and advertisements blocked (under preferences). For Firefox and Google Chrome install the AdBlock extension.
- Use http://www.loband.org/loband/ for all webbrowsing as it uses a compression proxy, adblocking, styling is disabled and overall just makes pages load quicker and consume less bandwidth.