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Imagine Broadband or Rural Wifi (or just go Starlink)

  • 23-10-2022 10:23pm
    Registered Users Posts: 666 ✭✭✭


    I've had it with really poor 4G speeds. Reception in my house is poor but at good times, I'm getting up to 20MB download but at peak times, it drops to 1MB or less even.

    I'm a bit away from NBI rollout in my area so thinking of switching to Imagine or Rural wifi. I've read a lot of bad press about Imagine but am thinking that because they add an external antenna then I should be getting good speeds that don't drop to 1MB at peak times? At least 10MB all the time would do me!

    Looking at Rural wifi, I don't think they do external antenna unless you go for satelite.

    Has anyone had experience with both and what are the pros and cons? Apperently RuralWiFi have great customer service.

    Am also thinking of just going for Starlink but nervous about the investment and monthly cost / having to set it up myself.

    Thanks for any advice and opinions!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,971 ✭✭✭ItHurtsWhenIP

    Starlink is an easy install, but it is expensive. I get consistent speeds above 200Mpbs, generally 250Mbps and sometimes above 300Mbps. Uploads of between 20-50Mbps.

    The most important thing is your view of the sky. Download the Starlink app and go to where you think you would place Dishy and check for obstructions.

  • Registered Users Posts: 33,790 ✭✭✭✭listermint

    I've had imagine for over 4 years. NBI is a ways off. It's been consistent and very stable thoroughout that. Only pain was then sending out threshold limit emails regularly but I've not had one in nearly a year tbh.

    I personally wouldn't get starlink because the monthly and the intial outlay is mad. If it was my only option then yes I probably would. If I had others then I'd go there

    Note imagine can depend on the capacity and use of your own local mast. Mines very good .

  • Registered Users Posts: 666 ✭✭✭Jjjjjjjjbarry

    Yeah ideally, I'd like Starlink but the upfront cost is a killer. Good to hear that you're happy enough with Imagine as 4 years is a good long test.