Satellite Internet connections allow you to use a small satellite fish to communicate with a satellite in space. When you sign up with one of the satellite internet providers, you get a little dish antenna and a transceiver so communicate over microwaves.

Internet Access for Remote Areas

These systems are great for people in remote areas. This is because a lot of the other Internet options in these areas may be severely lacking. For example, in rural areas that are far away from cities it’s entirely possible that there are just no Internet options available such as Verizon or Comcast. This is especially the case in areas that are extremely remote such as those that are far from cities and have very little contact with the outside world at all. In these areas, it is often the case that satellite internet is essentially you’re only option. For people who have access to DSL or cable modem connection, these options can often be better. But those who don’t have them have to go with satellite.

As a result, satellite connections can be a real life saver for people who really need Internet but have no way to connect into local cable lines that need to be already set up. Many quick operations use satellite Internet as a result. This is because if you move into an area quickly, the only way you’re going to get Internet is if that area already has the Internet set up there already in the form of cables. With satellite, all you need is the dish and a few minutes of setup and you’re good to go. You don’t have to run cables into the area ahead of time. The military often uses this approach for this reason, for example.

Satellite Internet Pros and Cons

Satellite internet services are known for being particularly good for Web browsing and downloading files. Unfortunately, online gaming is a bit of a no-go however. Satellite broadband can have excellent bandwidth but it does have high latency, meaning a high ping in between connections. This makes sense due to the fact that the signal has to travel all the way up to the sky and back. This can often be a travel distance of over twenty two thousand miles. The latency is often almost half a second which is the length of time for two round trips at the average speed for electromagnetic signals which is somewhere around one hundred eighty thousand miles per second.

What all this boils down to is that games that connect over the Internet will be terribly bad if you try running them over a Satellite connection. Latency and ping are some of the most important determining factors when it comes to how well a game operates since you have to be able to react to what other people are doing in real time. The download speeds on average are very good though, despite the latency. Many have been known to go as high as 1300 kbps which is considered a lot for a non-wired connection.