Satellite Internet Service

Satellite Internet Service: How does it Work?

As the designation expresses, Satellite Internet is using satellite technology in order to gain access to the internet. The equipment for Satellite Internet is made up of three major components: the satellite itself, two modems and coaxial cables that are running from the satellite to the modem.

Your signal for your internet will begin at the internet service provider’s hub. The signal is then sent out into the sky via a large satellite dish and then the internet signal is relayed to your own personal satellite dish. Your coaxial cables will be connected to your satellite dish, which will then run the signal for the internet to your router and finally, to your computer.

IP Multitasking Technology

Most of the time, the satellite internet service companies will use an internet protocol multitasking technology. The problem with dial-up internet service is that it typically can’t handle large bandwidth amounts all at once. With internet protocol multitasking technology, the satellite internet service can actually serve around five thousand users on one satellite all at the same time. Additionally, it compresses the information files so that more data can be sent at the same time.

Requirements for Satellite Internet Service

Satellite internet service only has a few simple requirements. First of all, you must have all of the equipment that was referenced above: satellite dish, two modems and coaxial cables. Second, your view of the southern sky must be free and clear of any obstacles such as trees, power lines, etc. Your personal satellite is going to need a clear line for communication between itself and the satellite that is orbiting in space. A clear view will guarantee that you will get the best possible connection for the signal to be relayed to your equipment. Just to be sure, that you qualify, first try to learn more about specific provider you like or are planning to subscribe. You can head to and read much more on each and every ISP in the US.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Satellite Internet Service

One of the best things about satellite internet service is that it is available for those who are always moving or those who are living in areas where cable hasn’t yet become available. Satellite internet service has a connection speed that is ten times faster than that of traditional dial-up.

Of course, just like everything else, satellite internet service does bring with it some disadvantages. First of all, though satellite internet service is much faster than dial-up, it is still much slower than cable internet service. Additionally, satellite internet is much more limited in the amount of traffic it can deal with at once, as compared to cable internet service. This means that you will have much slower internet during the high traffic hours. Even more, the internet connection can be slowed down drastically due to certain weather conditions, such as clouds and fog that could actually create a barrier between your home satellite dish and the satellite that is orbiting out in space.

So, you must weigh the pros and cons and decide if you are willing to put up with the negatives of satellite internet service. Of course, if you live in an area where cable isn’t yet available, it is still much better than your only other choice of dial-up.


Written by Robert Kleymore
Internet technology expert, MIT graduate and a passionate blogger.

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