What is Satellite Internet? Talk about high tech. With a particular emphasis on “high.”
That’s a quick explanation of satellite Internet, one of the latest entrants into the high speed Internet derby. Hooking up to the Internet through a satellite takes phone lines and cable lines totally out of the picture. For some people, particularly those in rural areas, satellite Internet is the only choice for high speed Internet service.
How Does Satellite Internet Work? The thought of getting to the World Wide Web with the help of a satellite regularly orbiting around the earth sounds extraordinarily complicated. But that’s not the case. Quite simply, the user gets a connection to the Internet by relying on a satellite that sends a signal to a satellite dish situated somewhere around or on top of your home. From there, the dish beams the signal to a router and finally to your computer.
Benefits of Satellite Internet: Like any high speed service, satellite promises and delivers speed. The connection is about 50 times faster than dial-up. Another benefit is availability. Unlike cable and DSL, which have yet to penetrate every rural location in the country, there is no home that satellite Internet cannot reach. The satellite is always there, orbiting high above the Earth. In fact, the only potential problem in hooking up with satellite Internet is not having a clear view of the sky. A satellite dish without full access to the sky will not be able to connect to the Internet. As long as you have a clear view of the sky from the area where the satellite dish is installed, there will be no issues starting up your satellite Internet service.
Satellite Internet Issues: The fact that satellite Internet is always receiving a signal from the satellite provides both some good news and some bad news. The good news is that you don’t have to worry about the bandwidth of your cable or whether you can talk on the phone and also hook up to the Internet with DSL. Satellite Internet is always on and you can always get the connection you want to the Internet.
However, because of that connection, satellite Internet can be the target of hackers. Some satellite providers say that isn’t a significant issue and offer reliable security software with a new satellite system.
Other issues include the cost, particularly for the dish that captures the signal from the satellite, and the occasionally loss of signal during particularly turbulent weather conditions. However, particularly for people not within reach of cable or DSL, satellite can be a perfect choice for high-speed Internet.