Out with the old, In with the new
This is what the dish used to look like a while ago:
That pole sticking out of it with the transmitter/receiver on the end - full of wasps and their mud/paper nest and everything. The guy who does the satellite for me:
That is an eight foot ladder behind it to give some scale. The design of this dish is much simpler in nature, the direcway had too many moving/plastic pieces - this one is all "basic metal, no moving pieces"
It is very simple in design - and has a lot more power than the direcway dish had. Once it got installed (which took a while, due to a software version issue, the satellite I point at does not work with version 6 of their software - only the technicians on the other end of the phone forgot to mention that) - I had only one major stumbling block. It wasn't due to the satellite, but rather due to the Belkin Pre-N Wireless router we got. That router puts out a good signal but unfortunately it won't work with my Cisco VPN software! It took quite the process of elimination to figure this out. It was sort of like determining a database performance issue - you have to rule out lots of stuff.
I plugged into the wireless network and tried to VPN, no joy. So, I plugged directly into the satellite modem (suspecting it was the satellite - and that would have been a big bummer). Plugged directly into the satellite - it worked perfectly, so that was not it.
Next tried being cabled into the wireless router. That is, use the router like a hub and just be wired into it. Surprisingly - this too worked. But it wasn't relevant that it worked - for the router is too far from my office to run a cable (that was the point of the wireless router after all).
So, unplug the cable and try wireless - no joy, VPN connects but I cannot hit any machine inside of Oracle at all. That confirmed for me that it was the wireless part of the wireless router. Hit google - search and search and the only thing I can find is "I can VPN in when cabled into the router, but not wireless" type messages (usually followed up by "and support at Belkin is less than useful". So, I see others have had this issue with the Cisco VPN client - but no resolution.
I happened to have had a cheap $40 netgear wireless router (mr814v2) in my drawer, so I plugged that in, configured it - and hey, VPN works. The signal strength is not as good as it was before (down to "good" from "excellent" in my office) but - it works.
So, let me ask you a question - do you use a wireless router with a Cisco VPN client. And if you do, and it is a good powerful one and you would recommend it - what is it? Model number and all...