The introduction of satellite internet has been responsible for bringing the world of fast internet to remote locations which previously only had access to dial-up internet. Or some areas have no internet at all, because phone services are not available. As with most aspects of life, there are pros and cons, which you should evaluate if you are thinking of installing a satellite internet service.
The greatest advantage of satellite internet is that it is available almost everywhere. Even if you happen to live in the middle of a desert, but you have a computer, a power supply, a satellite dish and a transceiver, you can have the internet. Computers connected to satellite can be hundreds of miles away from the nearest phone lines or cables. Usually, in remote locations, the only other option for an internet connection is dial-up, which is almost equivalent to having no internet at all.
The ease of installation is another plus for satellite internet. As it does not require phone lines and cabling, you just have to make sure you have all the required components and you will be set. You don’t have to wait, perhaps years, until internet cables have been installed in your area. Your dish and cables to and from your modem can be installed quickly by a qualified technician, and you can be using the internet.
Satellite internet provides a high-speed alternative for people living in remote areas. It is a marvelous up-grade from dial-up internet, reaching speeds of 10 to 35 times greater than that of dial-up. It is also faster than DSL and cable internet when downloading files. Whether you live in the city or out in the bush, your internet speed would remain the same, as it is not affected by distance. With DSL internet, your internet speed will be slower, the further away you are from the internet provider.
Unfortunately, the expense of having access to satellite internet is one downfall of this type of service, with some providers charging up to double the amount of DSL and cable internet. The equipment and installation costs are also much higher.Limited bandwidth is a fact of life for satellite internet customers, as the providers place a limit on the amount of data that can be downloaded during a specified time, be it daily, weekly or monthly. This is because of their Fair Use Policy, which is in place to prevent some users from using more than their fair share of bandwidth. If you use more than your quota, your speed will be decreased to the minimum, which is usually equal to the speed of dial-up internet.
Service disruptions are another disadvantage of a satellite internet service. Weather is the main culprit, with wind, rain storms and snow causing low quality connections and even total outages. The weather situation both at your place and at the internet provider’s location will affect your connection. So your access to the internet could be unreliable at times.
Apart from disruptions from the weather, your access to the internet should be very reliable, as the satellite equipment is usually of high quality, and rarely breaks down. Occasionally your service may be compromised if your dish needs to be “re-aimed” at the satellite.
A satellite service is an excellent option for you, if you live in a remote location, with no access to DSL or cable internet, but you want to have the benefits of a high-speed connection. Overall, it wins hands down when compared to a dial-up internet service. People who live where the other internet services are available should choose them over satellite internet.