Satellite Internet is a wireless connection which involves satellite dishes to transmit and receive the information. Satellite internet is used in those areas where other internet options are not available.
What is Satellite Internet?
Satellite internet is the mechanism to transmit and receive data from a relatively small satellite dish on Earth and communicate with an orbiting geostationary satellite 22,300 miles above Earth’s equator. It involves 3 satellite dishes; one at the internet service providers hub, one in space and one attached to your system. You also need a modem and cables running to and from the dish to your modem in addition to the satellite. The ISP will send the internet signal to the dish in space which then relays it to you. Every time you make a request (new page, download, send an email, etc) it goes to the dish in space and then to the (ISP’s) hub.
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Why use Satellite Internet?
The only reason to use satellite internet is if you live in an area where other internet options such as cable or DSL isn’t available. Though, you can use Dialup then satellite internet will be an upgrade because it is considered as faster than dialup.
How to use Satellite Internet?
Here I will tell you how to install and use Satellite Internet in your home or mobile location. You must remember that streaming HD video or playing online video games may not be possible sometimes, because satellite internet can be erratic.
1. Sign up for Satellite Internet
- In your area you may have different Satellite Internet service providers. Each will have some pros and cons, so choose accordingly.
- Compare the available services’ upload and download speeds to each other. Because ultimately the quality of your Satellite Internet will depend on your service’s speed. Choose the faster one.
- Check the online customer’s review regarding the service’s performance. if you see generally favorable reviews, the service is probably fine.
- Once you’ve selected the service you want to use, sign up for it to select a plan and enter your payment information. You can do this online or you can also call the service provider instead.
- If your Satellite Internet service doesn’t include a modem, purchase one that supports satellite Internet. Your Satellite Internet subscription should include a dish.
2. Install the Satellite Dish
- Check if installation services are available. Many Satellite Internet services will install your dish for you, so allow a professional to install your dish instead of doing it yourself.
- Adjust the dish in such a way that it points toward the equator. Since the satellites that transmit your Internet are positioned directly over the Earth’s equator.
- There should not be any obstructions like trees or similar objects. Dish should be installed in open area.
- Screw the base of the dish into a flat part of your roof. Make sure the connections are tight, and don’t install your dish in a loose or unstable section of roof.
- Attach the coaxial cable to your dish. Many dishes use two coaxial cables to connect to your Internet hardware, but your dish may use only one.
- When attaching the coaxial cables to the dish, you should see an “IN” port and an “OUT” port on the dish. You will need to connect it properly to your modem.
- Secure the coaxial cable by tying it properly to your roof. Keep the cable away from the sharp object.
3. Connect to the Satellite Internet
- Make sure you have all these equipment available before connecting to the satellite internet- satellite dish, modem, Ethernet cable, power source.
- Place your computer close to both your modem and your dish’s coaxial cable.
- Plug the modem into an electrical outlet near both your computer and the dish’s coaxial cable.
- Attach the modem to the satellite dish properly. Depending on your dish, you will have either one coaxial cable or two coaxial cables to attach to the modem.
- One cable — Plug the cable into the modem’s coaxial port.
- Two cables — Plug the “IN” cable into the “SAT IN” coaxial port, then plug the “OUT” cable into the “SAT OUT” port.
- Connect the modem to your computer. Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the modem, then plug the other end of the cable into your computer’s Ethernet slot.
- Wait for your computer to establish an internet connection. Once your dish will start receiving signal from it’s satellite, you will be able to use internet.
Satellite Internet is useful in remote areas where where other internet options such as cable or DSL isn’t available. Since it is slower than the cable internet but it is considered faster than the dialup connection.
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