Software and satellite

Discussion in 'Trading Software' started by Beebers, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. Beebers


    I am having a hard time to find a good software as I am on a satellite internet connection. I trade futures from out in the sticks, and I would like to look at international futures as well (German Schatz, Singapore).

    My current setup works fairly well. I use Tradestation as my main datafeed and IB for trading. TS holds up quite well during volume surges, IB even better.

    Over the years I have tried and cursed, DTNiq, Esignal. They will all tell you that it works just fine and they will blame everything under the sun rather than their datafeed service. They will force you to upgrade all software, upgrade hardware, and basically treat you like some dumb ass when on the phone (eg, walk around the desk, unplug the cable and reverse it, see how that works).

    The main problem which results is that due to the latency of a satellite connection (time delay from space to earth) the software assumes a disconnect and does something like a reboot, which can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. That delay, of course, happens all the time.

    In any case, TS and IB are a good combination, but TS does not offer Eurex or anything international. IB is getting better all the time, they are starting to offer limited backfill data which can be accessed through some third party software vendor (e.g. SierraChart) - but it still has its share of problems, the main one being that seemingly uncorrectable gaps appear in the data at times.

    I am starting to look at the European data vendors, such as or but in a way this is silly to trade Chicago futures which trades on a pipeline from Chicago to Europe and back to the US.

    I guess my question is, anybody use a satellite service like direcway and is happy with a data vendor which offers Eurex data?