not2easy - 3:22 pm on Jan 20, 2013 (gmt 0)
ADSL appears to be an option, however I'm not sure if that requires two phone lines, which would deter the expense for that slower speed (256kb up).
No, one phone line handles it, but what affects the service is where you are in relation to the nearest physical routing point. I am rural and remote at the end of the phone service line and I am lucky to get 225kb (down)on the 2Mb plan so I have stopped trying to buy the 50Mb plan.
Hughes simply has too many restrictions, however for speed-users it's the only valid rural option. It's my understanding that the Hughes routers only allow a single machine connection.
The satellite service enters via a cable to their modem with only one outlet so I ran the hughes service through a wireless workstation router and connected whatever I wanted but staying up til 3AM to have unlimited up/down service was too much. Simple platform update downloads could put you offline for a day. The fear of clicking links that might (auto)start a video really cramps online enjoyment. I had the top of the line ElitePlus plan so I had a whopping 500 Mb a day of bandwidth to play with and it cost 3 times what I pay today. Because they use a running average to determine fair use, it is easy to forget how close you are to the edge and then you are offline until it averages out to their limits. And their ads encourage people to "Download your favorite music" heh.
OK sorry for OT ISP rants.
One of the things I do to check for unidentified robots in raw logs to to pull out all the lines with
"GET /robots.txt and one with all the
"GET / HTTP/1.1" lines and another for all the lines with
HTTP/1.1" 304 responses. With these I can go look at the activity in context and see what was going on. It also makes it easier to check against my long list of bad IPs. It is slow and done manually but I only do this for an update audit. If I find I need more data I look at more logs for the same site. I know there are lots of people here who could do these things dynamically but I have decided I'll never have the time available to learn all that. Just added them as ideas.