Wednesday, March 14 2012 @ 10:35 PM CDT
Contributed by: MikeMcArthur
Note: I wrote this about 2 years ago, but didn't post it, as I thought the instructions were woefully incomplete. I didn't feel like re-installing Squish again just so I could write a more accurate article. However, about a month ago I had a hard drive crash on the Squish-O-Matic box and had to reinstall ClearOS and Squish again.
One of the first things I did when I got laid off (from SkyTel in 2009) was procure new Internet service. DSL and cable are not available at Casa Mike (until recently known as "the place where cell phone signals go to die") , so the only choices I really had were satellite and dialup. I went with HughesNet service, and opted for a pole mount over a roof mount, partly because I anticipate needing a new roof someday. Installation went very well. The installation crew was prompt and courteous, and did a neat and professional job. I ran some speed tests after the install, and the new connection seemed quite zippy. There was much rejoicing in the McArthur household -- for about 2 hours. That is how long it took for the household teenagers (experiencing their first Internet "fix" in weeks) to hit HughesNet's infamous FAP.
Behind the "read more" link is the whole saga of how I (eventually) managed to ration precious satellite bandwidth using Linux, the Squid proxy and something called Squish.