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 From:  Dmitry Sorokin <dimon at intellinet dot ca>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] m0n0wall behind a satellite connection
 Date:  Mon, 7 Feb 2005 17:40:22 -0700
Hi Jordon,

Our school that is located in rural area is using the same Direcway satellite 
service. It's one of the worst internet services you can get (but if you're in 
rural are you don't have choices, eh?). Once, when I had problems with internet 
I called their tech support and figured out that they have so called FAP (Fair 
Acces Policy). That means that if you're downloading too much (more than 20 
Mb/hour) they are slowing down you to zero. That's when you start getting time 
outs and problems with internet. So what theu suggest if you are over limit 
(you can figure it out on you account page), just stop using the internet for 
couple of hours and then watch how much you're downloading and try not to go 
over 20 MB/hour. That sounds stupid, but considering that Direcway is intended 
for personal use (read one computer per site), I guess it should be OK for most 
of the users.

Hope that help,

Quoting Jordon Hofer <bsdlist at sirjorj dot com>:

> Greetings.  I am having some strange issues running m0n0wall on a Soekris
> net4511 behind a direcway satellite modem.  If I connect a computer (with
> DHCP enabled) straight to the modem, the computer gets configured with a
> gateway of a.b.c.d, an IP address of a.b.c.(d+1), and a netmask of
>  From my understanding, this means this end of the
> satellite connection is a subnet with 2 valid IP addresses: the one of the
> modem itself, and the one for your device behind the modem.  Well, when the
> computer is plugged in with DHCP, the system works well.  If I put the
> m0n0wall box behind the modem, web pages either take a lot longer to load or
> do not load at all.  Initially, we had this problem and a call to their tech
> support revealed that they do not recommend setting your end of the network
> to DHCP - they want you to set the addresses statically.  I did this a while
> back and it seemed to work well for a while.  Recently, this problem has
> appeared again.  My first thought was that the ISP changed their DNS
> servers, so I noted the addresses that the computer pulled using DHCP and
> compared them to the addresses set in m0n0wall.  They matched.
> I am mainly wondering if there are some special settings needed for running
> behind a satellite connection due to the extremely high latency.
> thank you
> jorj
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