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Posted By: Sam on 2005-12-28
In Reply to: I have to go satellite internet also, but have found no companies that will help with that expense.. - in the sticks

Can I ask where did you get your satellite from? I too, live in the sticks and have only dialup. It sounds like dialup takes forever.

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Thanks for the info. I notice a lot of companies won't allow satellite for security. Did you have to get additional spyware, antivirus, etc?
dialup vs satellite vs???
You certainly don't want satellite even if you could afford it.  Always out anytime there are clouds etc.  Itype is a very strange platform anyway.  I have worked on it numerous times.  What state are you in?  I think the best would be the air card on cell, if available and if affordable.  You may end up switching who you work for or where you are going to move... neither of which is desirable, I bet. 
Would definitely not go satellite. Most use DSL or cable, some with reimburse partial $$, satellite
Transcend, although they said my satellite was too slow, they do allow satellite with some accts. nm

Please give me some companies that I can do QA or edit for?  thanks, I don't have broadband right now. 

I have actually had good luck my Earthlink dialup and have worked for two different companies without difficulty, but many of the jobs posted specify NO dialup or satellite. 
Yes, there is on dialup internet. Is that what you use?

Call waiting can also affect it if you don't turn it off in your dialup settings.  Before I get technical, do you use dialup, DSL, cable or something else?

C-phone and dialup

Does anyone have any experience using a c-phone on dialup internet?  Any glitches or drawbacks?  Thanks.


Anyone else still stuck with dialup?

Hello MTs

Is anyone else out there still stuck with dialup?  I am getting so frustrated with the long loading times.  I live in a rural area, and I cannot get DSL or cable.  Anyone have any other alternatives to slow internet?



Dialup Internet (sm)

Any MTs left that only have dialup internet available to them?  Bellsouth said we would get it in 2-3 years (big wow).  I would like to change MT companies but cannot find anyone who accepts dialup internet.  I could probably get satellite but I notice many companies won't accept this either.  What's a girl to do?

I'm on dialup, no problems.
Wildblue, dialup, etc. sm
How far are the trees away from your house? I have some trees to the south too but probably 500+ away. I had considered getting Wildblue. I'm stuck with dialup too and have lost accounts because I can't get high speed. It really limits things, but on the other hand a lot of companies don't allow satellite and I hate to invest that much money and then not be able to use it to work.
I believe accelerated dialup is just - sm
that graphics download faster, nothing to do with voice files. They just do not download the graphics with the normal clarity, they are fuzzier and not so precise. So paying more for accelerated will get you no where.
Jobs on dialup/satellie
Anyone know good companies that will hire MTs with dial-up...or satellite, & pay something towards internet connection (satellite very expensive).  I live in a rural area where cable & DSL not available.
I am probably going to be changing from dialup to DSL - just exactly what do I need - new modem? nm
Asking about dialup, work, jobs, etc. (SM)
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Spheris has dialup and are decent enough
I was always told that Editscript will not work with dialup.
I have worked on this platform for over four years and for a few different companies and not one of them every told me that dialup would work. Did you tell your employer that you had dialup?
i live way out in the country of GA, dont have dialup but
was lucky to have ATT serve this area. You must be moving way out if you cant get cable internet or DSL!!! Good luck Hon!!!
DocQScribe platform - Dialup works.
Might try finding a company who uses this and see more and more do. One is DSG I think it was but might email them and ask
Dictation Services Group
Contact: Cheryl Parrish
990 Hammond Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Another is Meditask -Cardiac unless has added more. Texas uses. Moretti Transcription Michigan does but difficult ESLs. Can Google and send email. Just watch the ad on MTstars and MTJobs (job sites)
There are some companies that offer dialup and C-phone connections. Try those! I'm in the count
I'm doomed with dialup, too. It's simply AWFUL!!! Bright House plans on sm

servicing my area soon, after March sometime.   My suggestion would be to bug whichever companies supply DSL or broadband in your area.  Be relentless.  This is 2006.  There is no reason to settle for dialup!! 

I feel your pain. 




You might want to look into satellite (sm)
Go to directv.com and there is a link there for DirecWay, I think it's called.

It is more expensive than DSL, but MQ pays up to $50 per month for high-speed and I think they pay up to $75 for installation of same.
Does anyone know if a person can work on DQS other than via high speed cable line? We have a recreational lot and it would be nice to be able to work from there during the summer but there is no cable there, no phone line either, although phone could be installed, but I don't think DQS works off of phone line.  Any suggestions?

I had that same problem and switched to a satellite company called Wild Blue.  Have had no problems since.

I did buy a satellite. Spent $500 on the dish, more on the service and $60 month on fees and couldn't use it. There is a 10 second lag from the time that you hit the letter on the keyboard to the time that it appears on the screen. Talk about infuriating. They told assured me that it would work fine at the dish company. Then they told me that possibly with the $120 a month business upgrade it MAY take care of that problem (but didn't). Works fine when surfing the web but definitely does NOT work fine for transcription!!
Do you know if DRC can use satellite?
We have high-speed, business-grade satellite which some companies can use but others cannot. That is how we came to be suddenly out of work when we moved.
Thanks, all!
DirecWay is the only one available where I live. So far, several trans services have said they won't accept satellite because they experiences they've had with it are very unreliable. Some even said they'd prefer dial-up! I live in a single-wide mobile home, so a large dish might not fit on roof along with my TV dish.
I can either pay $600-800 for the equipment & about $60 a month, or $99.99 a month without buying equipment. Don't want to buy due to moving out of area or DSL becoming available...whichever comes first.
Boy, I know exactly how you feel.  I work for a hospital and they are just switching to a new system which requires high speed internet.  I live in the middle of no where and cannot get high speed or DSL, so may have to drive back into the office an hour a way unless they can come up with a system that is compatible with satellite as that is all there is out here. :(  If you come up with any other options, let me know too.  Do you know anything about wave pedal?  I also do side work and this is what has been recommended to me by someone, but know nothing about it. 
I want to know too. What about wireless? Does anybody have that where they have an antenna on their house for wireless?
I have been using satellite for two years now since my company sent the transcriptionists home to work. Many say that if you are working with VPN, satelllite will not work, but this has not been the case for me. The satellite dish has been just fine for me for downloading voice files and file transfers, so I'm not sure why some companies don't allow it.
I have the personal 2-way DW6000. I'm not sure I understand what you mean by what version of software I'm running. To upgrade to the business edition, does it entail getting a different satellite?
My hospital does not allow satellite at all, and some other ads that I have looked at say the same thing.  If there is anyway of getting wireless, you are better off, as then you would be prepared if you change positions.  I am still working of dial up until the wirelss company that said he thinks he can get us wireless between the hills and trees can get here to do it.  Holding my breath, believe me.  Good luck.
Satellite sm
Are there a lot of you out there who use satellite and work at home? How does it work for you and what company allows it? Do you use an FTP site, what is the set up? Just trying to find out what exactly will work with satellite. They say a VPN will not work. Thanks!
I have used a satellite system called Wild Blue to work for over a year now. Both jobs I work use VPN, and while it isn't quite as fast as DSL or cable, I have had no problems connecting to VPN. The only thing I notice is about a half second lag time. One job I use an FTP and the other I use transnet. I am able to get my work and return it without any problems. You didn't state whether you were looking for employee status or IC, but one place I know you wouldn't have any problem working with satellite is Peoplesupport Rapid Text (IC). Hope this info helps!
Satellite & VPN
Yes - I have used satellite and VPN for the past 3 years - works fine. It does make upload times a bit slower, but I did finally upgrade- which works pretty well now. The only problem I have is the weather occasionally - otherwise works great. Yes - lots of companies don't want satellite - doesn't work with their system or something, but there are plenty others that don't mind the satellite.
Satellite & VPN
I have satellite with Hughes - used to be Direcway. I had the 6000 receiver, and just uploaded this last month to 7000. It has made quite a difference. I just did a test upload and download - here are the stats:
Without VPN on -
430 / 78 kbps

With VPN on -
477 / 40 kbps

It does vary from day to day and minute to minute though - because on December 20, I had 615 / 75 without VPN.

Hope this helps - I have been able to work using this (thank goodness because I don't have DSL or cable in my area yet), so if you have to use satellite - it can work. If I had the option, I still would go with cable or something just for the reliability - don't have to worry about storms or such coming through to interrupt the signal - or snow piling up on the dish, etc.
I have satellite and really like it.
It is all that is available in my area other than dial-up. I had one company tell me they could not work with satellite, and talked them into letting me try and it works just fine. One of the reasons some say they don't allow satellite is that some satellite systems are not compatible with VPNs. Just ask the satellite company you are considering if their service works w/ VPNs. They will know what you mean.
satellite ISP
I have Wild Blue and it is a lot better than dial up. However, beware that VPN will not work in most cases with any satellite provider. Found this out the hard way. Still have to use dial-up for my only account that is totally online because of this. I am getting ready to purchase a Verizon air card and hopefully can discontinue both the satellite and the dial up servers, so will be paying the same monthly fee. Otherwise, it works great. Hope it works out for you.
satellite ISP
Yes. Matter of fact, another girl that works the same accounts and uses the same services I do, got her Verizon air card today and it is working beautifully for her. I should get mine by Tuesday. I can't wait. She said the account we mainly needed it for is just like being at the hospital itself. As long as you are in a range of a cell phone tower, it should work. I believe Sprint offers one as well, but Verizon has one that you can use on either a desktop or laptop with a USB plug. Hope this helps.
I have no access to cable or DSL either.  I use a satellite.  I'm currently working for MedQuist, and the satellite works great.  However, with all the pay cuts I will be leaving soon.  There are only a few companies compatible with satellite.  Precyse has the same typing platform as MQ, which is satellite compatible.  I will be starting work for them on 08/06/2007.  I've seen it posted that TRS takes some satellite.  Keep your fingers crossed for cable or DSL!!
I recently did a search for reviews for satellite internet. The reviews were horrible. Some people paid out all that money and then their connection was not any faster than dial-up. Also, after you sign the contract and the equipment is installed, there is little that can be done. Apparently the fine print in the contract stated that no guarantees of speed could be made.
I am wondering about satellite as well, as I only have access to dialup.  I only pay tops $24.95 per month for dialup, but would pay $50 or more per month for satellite with Dishnet, after buying their equipment for $199.  Most companies require high speed so we folks with only dialup have a harder time to find jobs at home.
VPN and satellite
I used VPN and satellite(Wild Blue) up until about 2 weeks ago when DSL was finally made available at my boonies home. Other than a longer lag time between screens, it worked well for me.
Anyone working from home on satellite? Our in-house transcription departments are getting the boot. Need a job.
Debbie - I worked with satellite until I was able to get DSL. I live in a very rural area. Satellite is way better than dial up, but not all accounts are compatible. I have no idea why, but had to pass up a couple of hospitals due to that. As far as speed, the satellite worked fine for me, but of course, DSL is faster.
I have had hughes.net for over a year.  I do live in the country and DSL/cable is not available to me.  I finally switched over to a wireless card through Alltel (AT&T has the same thing) and it works so much better.  Very fast and no outages in cloudy weather.  If you have this option, I would definitely consider it.  More companies will accept the wireless than satellite also.
I have used satellite and sm

with a VPN.  Word of caution...because sure that the system you rent/buy is one where the upload is as fast as you can get.  VPNs require reciprocal signal (that is up and down the line "pings" to remain connected).  When I had DirecWay, I could run 786 in download, but I would run at 48 upload, which is slower than a 56.6 dialup modem!  For ages, I had to DL from the dish, UL with the phone line, what a pain!

Ask plenty of questions is the long and short of this.  Be sure you have it fast enough uploading to run a VPN.

I have satellite
anyone using satellite?

I have an account that is Dictaphone ExText. Moving  and won't have access to DSL. Is anyone using satellite and how do you like it. Was told I could use it but might be slow. Need to know if it's worth the cost or not. Thanks

I use satellite

and just started using it today. We also moved and recently had to switch. I've been working all day and haven't had any problems whatsoever.  I was told that what we have is faster than DSL. We're on a 512 mb download connection.  The price monthly is about the same as we had before, but the initial hook up is where they get you. Fortunately, the people we bought the house from had the satellite already installed, so we just had to pay a hook up fee rather than new set up.