A Satellite Internet Provider is one form of provider that provides internet service to your home or office. There are a few companies that provide internet connections through a Satellite Internet Provider.
There are several types of internet service available including dial up, DSL via Broadband, fiber optics, cable and satellite.
A Satellite Internet Provider is generally used when there is no dial up connection or DSL available. These providers often offer their services in remote areas like a hill top or rural areas with no other service available.
You should realize when you are speaking about an internet connected via satellite that there is a satellite many miles up in the sky which your internet is connected to through a small dish attached to your home or office. So when ever you are sending data it goes up miles into space, then back down again and then back up into space again. This may cause some delays. So a satellite internet connection may not be the best choice for online gaming. In the online gaming world you have to be operating in the current period of time. Any delay may cause real time issues and problems.
This type of internet connection may not be the best choice for voice chats or for streaming media because of the potential time delay as the data makes it way through space and back again. This is called ‘latency’ or basically a delay of some amount of time.
A satellite internet company will generally offer several plans for their service. They may differ as to price and speed. This type of service entails some up front costs to install the satellite and the equipment. It also will require a service commitment. But this is what all internet service providers require so this is not that different. You should look for promotions that offer free installation if it is not provided, or for free set- up if that generally costs money. Some companies don’t include installation at all. You are basically on your own with the installation with perhaps someone at the end of a telephone line assisting you.
Satellite internets require some equipment like an antenna, and transmit and receive devices. It requires a dish connection to enable the satellite connection. This is connected by a coaxial cable which connects to an IRW or Indoor Receive Unit and an ITU or Indoor Transmit Unit. This then connects to a USB port.
This equipment may be included in the contract on an ownership basis or it may on a lease basis or it may be an additional cost depending on the plan that is offered. There may be additional activation fees or other fees.
There are a lot of things to consider when opting for a satellite internet connection. Another consideration is the support available. Is it 24/7? Does it include any anti-virus or anti-spyware? How much broadband can you use for data downloads? Give this internet service some thought before you sign up.