TiVo Forum Special Member
Registered: Jul 2002
Location: Cambridgeshire, UK
Well, I'm in the UK, so I'm not ideally placed to comment on what your local internet infrastructure could do (perhaps it's possible to get DSL with more upload speed, although, from the sound of it, your telcos are as bad as ours in this respect).
The only 'real' data point I have is the ReplayTV owners who commented that it takes them about a day to upload an hour of video using their RPTV's WAN sharing function. I have no expectation that you'd do much better, particularly as you're preparing material for broadcast.
Even if 6:1 or 8:1 is a credible figure (that is, lets assume that this uses the right numbers for your video data rates and connection data rates), does it represent what you'll actually see in day-to-day use of your system? Remember, although the DSL connection connects you directly to the hub, every connection between there and the remote station is shared with other users - what happens when the next LoveBug hits?
Also, you seem to be thinking in terms of controlling the station and uploading video over the same link. The upload will soak up so much of the available bandwidth (at the very least, most of the outgoing bandwidth from your office) that a shell session is likely to be painfully sluggish.
I hope I'm not coming across as too negative, I don't think any of these issues are insurmountable. Infact, if you get it right, it could work very nicely. However, you should be aware that this isn't something that most people do with their PC's and internet connection, and with very good reason! So make sure you research it very thoroughly before you spend money.
Also, have a look at some of the things people have been doing with directional WiFi links. If you can find suitable spots on the ridges (for line-of-sight both sides) for solar-powered WiFi stations, you might be able to do thirty miles in one or two hops.
Please do not PM me asking for TiVo backups. I don't have any.
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