Your problem undoubtedly stems from your lack of high-speed, low-latency broadband Internet connection. Due to the long time delay inherent in satellite-based Internet connections, you cannot use them to update the database or firmware on the HomePatrol. The database server and client will time-out before making the connection due to the large amount of latency in the path between the server and your computer.
Your dial-up almost worked but the modem is probably too slow to make it work right either. The only solution I can see is to use a laptop with wi-fi and travel to someplace with a public wi-fi hotspot that's fed with a wired (cable, dsl or fiber-optic) Internet connection and perform the occasional updates there. Or have someone (relative, neighbor, co-worker etc.) do it from their wired broadband Internet connection.
Unfortunately there's nothing Uniden can (or should in my opinion) do to fix YOUR problem. The database software they use to serve the data is not Uniden's - it's commercially available database software and hardware with its own limitations (not under Uniden's control). You noticed I highlighted "YOUR" above. The lack of low-latency, high-speed Internet at your usual connection site is entirely YOUR problem. You must meet the minimum system requirements and you, apparently, do not.
Sorry, but that's the way it is. Move somewhere with high-speed wired Internet or deal with the fact that you cannot update the scanner at home and do it elsewhere. Just my opinion but there are many technical reasons why it cannot be fixed in any other way.
Bob Peloquin - KB1VUA
Uniden HomePatrol-1, BCD536HP
Last edited by ST-Bob; 06-17-2013 at 7:01 AM..