Satellite Internet Access

•  Satellite Internet is one method of experiencing a broadband connection. As the name implies, satellite Internet uses a space satellite to deliver broadband access to homes. Because of this, even homes in areas where DSL or Cable are not available can receive high-speed access. Of course that access does come at a price. Satellite Internet is one of the more costly broadband alternatives.
Two types of Satellite Internet currently are available. These types are known as one-way and two-way. One-way Satellite Internet provides fast download speeds of between 400 Kbps and 1.5 Mbps. For uploading, however, a traditional dial-up modem is required so the speed would not improve. On the other hand, two-way Internet satellite does not require the use of a traditional modem so it delivers faster download and upload speeds of around 200 Kbps. Whether a one-way or two-way service is chosen depends primarily on availability (some providers offer only one or the other) and on the customer's budget (one-way service is generally less expensive).
While Satellite Internet can be the ideal choice for some broadband seekers, it does have its drawbacks. One is that there must be a clear, unobstructed view of the southern sky to receive the signal. Another is lags in the time between clicking on a link and receiving the data. These lags, known as latency, do not interfere with most Internet activities but can cause slowdown during online games.
Five Important Facts about Satellite Internet.

•  Satellite Internet comes in two varieties. Early Satellite Internet only provided one-way service to subscribers. This type of service meant that the user kept a traditional dial-up modem in order to access the Internet but all web page requests and downloads were handled by the separate satellite modem. Now two-way systems are also available. In a two-way system, there is no longer a need for the dial-up modem. Instead, the satellite modem handles both uploads and downloads. One-way systems are typically less expensive than the two-way variety and may be more readily available.

•  Satellite Internet downloads faster than dial-up . No matter which type of service chosen, download speeds with satellite Internet are significantly higher than with a standard 56K modem. In fact, speeds ranging from 400 Kbps to 1.5 Mbps, can be expected which means a song or a large file can be downloaded in only 1-2 minutes, perhaps even less. With a 56K modem, it may take as much as 20-30 minutes or longer.

•  Satellite Internet is one of the more expensive broadband options. Because it requires the purchase of expensive equipment, Satellite Internet does include a rather high up-front cost. A satellite dish and modem must be purchased and installed. Professional installation may be the wisest decision. In addition, there be a monthly service fee to the Internet provider. Also, with one-way service, there will be the additional cost of the dial up provider. Users can save money by taking advantage of special offers from the providers, such as receiving the dish for free if signing up is for a certain period of service.

•  Satellite Internet is available almost everywhere. While it does cost more, the real advantage of Satellite Internet is that it is available to almost everyone. Unlike Cable or DSL, which require a pre-installed and complex infrastructure to provide service, Satellite Internet does not so it can even be used in rural areas or small cities that lack the means to get other forms of broadband. The only requirement needed in order to receive Satellite Internet is an unobstructed view of the southern sky.

•  Satellite Internet does require extra equipment. Whether one-way or two-way service is chosen, a satellite dish and a satellite modem are required. The service provider sells these. A self-install kit is available for those preferring to install the dish themselves. With one-way service a dial up modem is also a requirement.

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