Satellite Internet provides internet connection through geostationary satellite beams. A geostationary satellite sits 22,300 miles over the earth’s equator and moves west to east with the earth. There are three separate satellites needed to make a connection to the user’s computer. First you send a request to the satellite in space (i.e. a page download), which then sends a signal to the ISP hub, and then back to the dish at your house.
When looking at top internet providers, it is important to consider things such as pricing, speeds, data caps, and internet support. Based on those criteria, the top three satellite providers are:
HughesNet services over one million customers worldwide, making them the largest satellite provider. There strongest demand and fastest speeds are located in North America. HughesNet recently launched a new satellite, EchoStar 19/ Jupiter 2, that will attract even more customers in the coming months.
On average, users are able to reach download speeds of 15 Mbps and upload speeds of 3 Mbps. With newer Ka band satellites, users can reach speeds of up to 50 Mbps.
Satellite options often come in tiered packages depending on your personal browsing needs. Prices can range anywhere from $40-$150 depending on the kind of speed you need.
If you live in a remote area, satellite internet is your best option because many cable options are only available in well connected areas. Satellite internet is fairly to easy install as well, because you only need a dish, modem, and a powersource.