# Cisco's Orbital IP Router Test is a Success

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#### Skid

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[citation][nom]rags_20[/nom]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.[/citation]
Correct, its to do with the distance between the planet and satellite, the actual speed a byte literally moves though the network won't be much different, so then the extra distance creates a much higher latency / ping. Even if it has a higher bandwidth the speed from point a to point b is still largely dependent on the distance to travel. The difference is with a larger bandwidth available more data can be shifted from point a to point b in a single go.

Does that make sense?

#### Skid

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If it doesn't just go to Wikipedia and lookup latency.

#### thackstonns

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Why cant we use lasers instead of radio waves? Imagine Fiber optics with out the cable. That would solve the ping problem and the bandwidth problem. route fiber to a cell tower and then slap a laser on top. Probably cut a hole in the atmosphere, but its not like that hasnt happened before

#### mlopinto2k1

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Doesn't this prove the whole "not landing on the moon in 1969 theory"? Or whenever it was. RADIATION proof? What the hell? I thought these things were taken care of a loooong time ago and it was a GIVEN that things needed to be RADIATION proof in order to even BE in space. I hate LIES.

#### Skid

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[citation][nom]thackstonns[/nom]Why cant we use lasers instead of radio waves? Imagine Fiber optics with out the cable. That would solve the ping problem and the bandwidth problem. route fiber to a cell tower and then slap a laser on top. Probably cut a hole in the atmosphere, but its not like that hasnt happened before[/citation]
Radio waves and lasers travel at about the same speed, any difference in the speed would make little to no difference. Light would take 0.1366 to travel around the "surface" of the earth, if you go into space the circumference becomes considerably bigger. Also each router needs to read the data thats coming in and then retransmit it. So the speed the each router in the chain between point a and b can do that is also added to your latency / ping (note ping is technically just the name of the program that tests your latency).

Also, how easy do you think it would be to lock a laser onto a moving object thats miles away?

#### juncwil

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Nothing is radiation proof. These are just more fortified against radiation so the life span of the electronics may be longer.

#### NapoleonDK

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[citation][nom]mlopinto2k1[/nom]Doesn't this prove the whole "not landing on the moon in 1969 theory"?[/citation]
The circuitry then was SOO much tougher than the 65nm or smaller we use today. Radiation wasn't as big a deal to the electronics back then, our technology today is vastly more sensitive.

#### jenesuispasbavard

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Goodbye, low ping.

#### mavroxur

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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]

Yeah. Oh by the way, we already have internet from space....it's called satellite data and it's been around for decades, or did you not get the memo?

#### danish_2828

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So who's going to unplug the router and wait 30 seconds and plug it back in?

#### rodney_ws

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Anyone who has used satellite internet knows about the latency problems associated with it... DirectTV's internet service (whatever it's called this month!) uses satellites that are 20k+ miles up in orbit... definitely not low-earth orbit... and you're guaranteed a 250 ms ping time... with reality being even higher than that. However, if these are in lower orbit... I suppose latency won't be nearly as big of a deal. Hell, Wikipedia says the maximum latency is 900 ms!

http/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_internet#Two-way_satellite-only_communication

900 ms?!? Yeah, that sounds SWEET!!! *rolls eyes*

#### mel_gibson_

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Terminator. Skynet. 'Nough said.

#### elel

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Someone hack this so we can play asteroids for real!

#### caparc

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[citation][nom]Shadow703793[/nom]Nice. I'd expect this to be available for consumers in ~3-4 years or sooner.[/citation] And for the low low price of \$39.95 a month, oops, \$39,950 per month. Satallite based internet has been around for a while. They never say exactly what's new here. Imagine a WRT54G, in space.

#### wussupi83

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I wonder what the difference is here as well. I'm guessing that the differance is that the current sattelite internet system just functions as a point to point relay, bouncing one signal back to the same static location where the routers are on the ground, not very intelligent. The Cisco router might be able to route traffic to different satellites/networks instead of the same single point.

#### ThePatriot

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Cisco keeps leading the way. I am impressed by their new ISR G2 routers and I am certainly impressed by this feat.
Now this one hack of a gateway. Or should we call it a Stargateway?

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