I have a rental cabin in the mountains and am trying to find the best solution for this scenario:
Hughesnet satellite - 20GB per month
Verizon MiFi - 20GB per month via usb dongle
Speed is not the goal, I would like a way to limit the download speed to 1.0-1.5 mbps to keep from burning through data plans. It appears there are ways to do this using QOS. Doesn’t need to be bulletproof, just trying to keep users from excessive streaming/Facetime, etc. This will become more important when the local cell tower gets uploaded to LTE.
Assign download heavy traffic to Hughesnet
Assign interactive traffic to the MiFi
Be able to assign all traffic to Hughesnet during certain hours overnight when data is free
Have MiFi stop when 20GB limit is reached per month
Remote notification when caps are hit
Ideally way to remotely log in to device or send commands to increase caps if needed. This would be from my home a couple hundred miles away.
I don’t promise my guests anything more than basic internet for email, surfing, etc. I don’t have a TV and most of the guests are very glad because it forces their kids to interact with nature instead of sit and watch Netflix. The current MiFi service is very unreliable, sometimes 1X for weeks, sometimes very fast.
My preference is for it not to be terribly complex. I only get up there every 2-3 months and my cleaning/repair guy isn’t a techy at all. The Surf really appeals because it’s an all in one unit. I understand it doesn’t do load balancing but I’m wondering if you can set performance thresholds for failover? When satellite hits its data limit it slows to 3X dial-up speed. At that point I would want it to fail over to 3G.
It sounds like a Balance 20 with a separate WAP or wifi router would do the trick but the Surf really appeals.
Biting the bullet and just paying for data isn’t an option. I can easily have $300 in overages in the summer. I don’t blame folks, they’re used to all-you-can-eat internet at home and the concept of data limits while in a cabin are foreign.
Any recommendations welcomed.