DSL and cable Internet are extremely popular because of their high speeds and reliability. However, there are limits to that popularity because there are limits to their use. Because these kinds of systems depend on the existence of physical cables, both DSL and cable Internet cannot reach into many rural areas, where lines have not been laid. For a long time this has meant that rural locations were completely cut off from high speed Internet services, forced to rely on extremely slow dial-up connections. With the development of satellite Internet, however, this has all changed. Now people can receive high speed Internet virtually anywhere. Ironically, this means that rural locations are coming to have the best Internet services around, as satellite Internet is actually more reliable than DSL.
How Does Satellite Internet Work?
Satellite Internet works via a small dish antenna, of the same size as those used for satellite TV. This dish talks to satellites orbiting in a stationary orbit overhead. Because these satellites are so far above the ground, they have an excellent view. Rural areas are just as easy for the satellite’s signals to reach as urban areas. The dish antenna connects to a modem inside the house, which has a standard Ethernet cable connection, so customers do not need any special equipment to hook up to a satellite Internet system.
Satellite Internet Advantages
The satellites are built to handle thousands of transmissions simultaneously. Because each dish can talk directly to the satellite, this form of Internet does not have the same limitations that DSL Internet does. This means that satellite Internet speeds can be even higher than DSL speeds. They are faster than all forms of dial-up connections. DSL, cable, and dial-up all depend on a large system of interconnected lines, all of which are vulnerable to wind, snow, and ice. Satellite systems do not have that vulnerability to bad weather. DSL and cable download and upload speeds vary by the location of the hub relative to its users and the number of people using the service. Satellite Internet speeds are more stable than those systems that use land lines. In many ways, satellite Internet is the most reliable system.
HughesNet is one of the larger satellite Internet providers, offering coverage across the entire country. HughesNet Satellite Internet Plans provide their customers with a number of different ways to gain high speed Web access. Customers can choose different upload and download speeds and bandwidth, as best fits their needs and budgets. They can either lease their satellite equipment or purchase it outright. Such multi-tiered satellite Internet plans as this have made it possible for people living in rural locations, or vacationing away from the big city, to still enjoy all the benefits of high speed Internet.
If you own your own business, or work in a job demanding a lot of online work, and you live away from a major city, then you should look into the benefits that satellite Internet has for you.
Jamie Staker is a country girl at heart who also loves modern tech. She blogs frequently in her spare time on a variety of sites.