I’ve got a cabin in a very rural area that has no DSL and no Cable ISPs. There are two wireless ISPs, but neither has coverage at my cabin (I’ve tried!). I’m left with a choice between Verizon (the only cell provider with coverage, and it seems decent with LTE) and satellite (Viasat and HughesNet). Does anyone have any experience with using any of these providers as an ISP with SmartThings?
I’ve heard that Verizon doesn’t give you a public IP address (that they do double NAT with a firewall somewhere on their network), so I’m concerned that an LTE router or hotspot will actually break SmartThings.
With respect to satellite, I’m worried that the latency will be too high and ruin the experience.
With both, I’m worried that the relatively low data allocation (10 GB to 40 GB) that I can reasonably afford/justify might be too low. I’m looking at a SmartThings system that when fully built out over the next year or so will probably have < 100 total devices (about 15 contact sensors, 5 motion sensors, 10-15 switches, 4 thermostats (electric baseboards, ugh), 4-5 temperature sensors, 5 moisture/flood sensors, and 1 deadbolt), plus Hue system with < 20 bulbs).
Throughput seems okay. The lowest rate I’m looking at is 12 Mbps down and 1-5 Mbps up. But when my data allocation is consumed, who knows… Rates could be as low as in the hundred kilobits range, both directions.
I’m curious what the community thinks about this. All the providers have a 2 year contract with insane early termination fees, so I don’t want to just rush in blindly. But if you think my system will easily fit in any of them, I’d have somewhat less anxiety.