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Cisco's Orbital IP Router Test is a Success

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Nice. I'd expect this to be available for consumers in ~3-4 years or sooner.
I don't think it would be available that soon, but you never know. If it does some how progress that far it would be really amazing.
 

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COOL Wireless internet coming from space seems likely now, however we should watch out for alien hackers or they will overload our bandwidth downloading porn LMAO
 

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If they are low orbit satellites, it would mean worldwide connections with 5 ping only! In perspective, when I connect to a US server from Argentina my ping is around 220.
This could really make web and online gaming a lot more better for the rest of the world.
 

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[citation][nom]the_krasno[/nom]it would mean worldwide connections with 5 ping only!...[/citation]

Give me a ping, Vasili. One ping only, please. -Captain Ramius (Sean Connery)
 

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Hmmm I wonder how well shielded this orbital router is against solar radiation due to the magnetosphere having been weakened 15% over the 20th century and the massive hole that is present. If the sat is powered down during a major solar event and the grid goes down this may very well be one of the few mass communication links that may still be fully functional afterward.
 
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What with the cost expenditure of this Router, I wonder if they were actually smart enough to make sure that this router has Native IPv6 Support, especially seeing that it's being used by the military for a bit of testing.
 

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[citation][nom]Mike00[/nom]COOL Wireless internet coming from space seems likely now, however we should watch out for alien hackers or they will overload our bandwidth downloading porn LMAO[/citation]
Why does everything come to downloading porn to certain types of people on Toms?
 

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[citation][nom]the_krasno[/nom]...it would mean worldwide connections with 5 ping only![/citation]
I've only seen pings that low on LANs. I doubt that anything satellite will have low pings.
 

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Why do people think this will give ultra low pings? I know lots of people with satellite internet in my rural area and they all complain of 800+ms latency. And we're not talking the kind of sat with dialup for upstream, it's two-way satellite internet.
 

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This will only be good if the network can work out the difference between data that needs to low latency (games) and other data that isn't latency important (music / video streaming). If it can do that, then its a good idea, if not, its going to annoy allot of gamers.
 

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[citation][nom]Skid[/nom]This will only be good if the network can work out the difference between data that needs to low latency (games) and other data that isn't latency important (music / video streaming). If it can do that, then its a good idea, if not, its going to annoy allot of gamers.[/citation]
Amen to that.
Downloading files requires huge amounts of bandwidth, but the ping is trivial.
Playing online games requires as little a ping as possible, but the actual bandwidth is negligible.

I'm all for gigabit up/down fiber optics, but they're damned expensive.
If we can give a comparable service for cheaper to countires with low population densities (Canada) were fiber is a poor choice for the time being, then this may be a great solution.
It just brings up the question though, can we give even your average consumer gigabit up/down and still give a reasonable ping?
 

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[citation][nom]zerapio[/nom]I've only seen pings that low on LANs. I doubt that anything satellite will have low pings.[/citation]

LOL well it's not that I do it, but the statistics are sad, no matter who gives them, news on TV, online or radio, the stats are porn is the highest searched, uploaded and downloaded content on the internet, and not just by a little but by far, so its just a bit of joke to consider maybe aliens would be like us humans and waist bandwidth with such content. When the internet slows down some porn junkie is getting a fix LMAO! or maybe it's just someone pirating every ripped movie and song out there LOL
 

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OK that was odd, I selected the correct comment and after posting the wrong one as inserted in the quotes, what the heck was up with that?! Sorry zerapio that was not intended for you.
 

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Actually, the ping would be quite high. When we watch live sports from the other end of the world, there is a delay by a considerable amount. I suppose it would be applicable to internet too.
 
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