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What Is Satellite Internet?

Internet connectivity options are very limited if you live and/or work in a far-flung rural location. These areas are unlikely to have high-speed broadband internet. So you may only have to choose between dial-up or satellite internet, or if you’re lucky, you may get DSL.

Satellite internet providers use wireless connections to provide their services. Each connection uses three satellite dishes. The ISP will have one at its hub, the second one is located in outer space, and there will be a compact satellite dish installed on the user’s premises. A modem and cables are also required to connect to satellite internet.

After all the devices are set up, your ISP will send a signal to the satellite in space. That satellite will then relay the signal to the satellite device installed at the user’s end. Whenever the user requests to visit a website, a signal will be sent to the satellite in space, which will then route the signal to the ISP’s dish.

Why Use Satellite Internet?

Satellite is not a preferred option for connecting to the internet. It is expensive and is much slower than cable or fiber-optic internet. You are likely to consider it only if you live in a deserted and sparsely populated area. These areas usually have poor telecom infrastructure so it will be difficult to find high-speed broadband internet in these areas. Due to which your choices may be limited to the old-age dial-up or satellite internet with its space-age tech that delivers 100% coverage.

Satellite Internet Pros

•    Despite its ill-repute, satellite internet is much faster than a dial-up connection and traditional DSL. And satellite internet providers are getting more innovative, aiming to deliver higher speeds and a better connection. HughesNet with its new Gen5 tech has curtailed hard data limits, offers extra data in bonus zone, comes with data-saving features, and offers more data plans now.  

•    Satellite internet is capable of handling high bandwidth consumption. Unlike cable or dial-up internet, you don’t have to worry about “peak usage hours” when using satellite internet.

•    You can use satellite internet even if the area you live in has no telephone infrastructure. In many small towns or isolated areas, this will perhaps be the only option to connect to the internet.

Satellite Internet Cons

•    Satellite internet is extremely vulnerable to adverse weather conditions. Bad weather severely disrupts satellite signals. The internet performance may vary from very poor to no service at all during bad weather.

•    Satellite internet suffers from high latency. Latency or ping rate is a measure of how long it takes computers or any other user device to communicate with a server on the internet. For satellite internet, data signals have to take a much longer transmission path. The signals have to be transmitted to satellites hovering in space so it is obviously much slower than wired internet services. Applications such as gaming or VoIP might work a bit slow on satellite internet.

•    Satellite internet is also affected by minor obstructions. For satellite transmissions to function properly, there needs to be a clear line of sight between the satellite in space and the satellite dish on the ground. Any buildings, trees, or mountains that come in the way will disrupt the connection. This is why when using satellite internet or any other satellite services, the dish is placed on the house or building’s roof to avoid any potential obstructions.

•    It usually has data limitations. Typical satellite internet subscriptions offer monthly data packages. If you use the available data before the month ends, you will have to wait for the next billing cycle until your service gets restored.

•    VPN services are often incompatible with satellite internet. They require low latency so they do not always work well with satellite internet.

•    Satellite internet is pricey. A rudimentary (by today’s standards) 2 Mbps connection will typically cost around $100 a month. You can easily get a 50 Mbps cable or fiber-optic connection for half that amount.

Summing Up

It is clear that satellite internet is not everyone’s favorite with its limitations. It isn’t fast or feature-laden, yet it is more expensive than cable and fiber internet. But if you are opting for HughesNet, then things may not need to look so gloomy as the satellite provider is rapidly innovating, and its subscribers are faring much better than ever. And it won’t be long before you are able to access high-speed satellite internet as fast and reliable as any wired connection. If you are a business operating in a rural area, then Hughesnet business plans may be your best choice.

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