What Is Satellite Internet and How Does It Work?
For too long, traditional dial-up service has remained the only reliable option available for rural communities and remote areas to achieve Internet access. However, technological improvements in recent years have made satellite internet a viable alternative for your high-speed internet needs.
Q: What is satellite internet?
If you are one of the millions of people who happen to live off the beaten path, chances are you don’t have access to the internet through cable or DSL, or even wireless internet (read more about wireless internet here). In cases like this, satellite internet has emerged as a primary option to connect to the World Wide Web by transmitting and receiving data between you, an orbiting geostationary satellite and our network operations hub back here on Earth.
Q: What do I need?
Of the three items required for satellite internet service, there’s one you don’t have to worry about obtaining – the geostationary satellite is already floating up there in space, nearly 36000 kilometres above the equator in a fixed position that orbits the planet as it rotates. Once you come to an agreement with a satellite broadband provider like Pure High Speed, a satellite dish will be installed outside your home and you will receive a modem to modulate and demodulate signals between the new dish and your computer.
Q: How does it work?
In the absence of cable or telephone lines, this form of internet service beams the signal directly to your home using a geostationary satellite. By matching its orbit with the rotation of the Earth, the satellite remains in a fixed position and allows data to be both transmitted and received between you and the Pure High-Speed hub. As you’re surfing the net, the signal travels from your modem to the satellite dish mounted outside your home. Then it goes to the geostationary satellite in space which sends your request to our network operations centre back on Earth, where the webpage you’re searching for is located. From there, the data is beamed back up to the geostationary satellite and directly to your dish. As the information is received, your modem demodulates the signal and delivers it to your computer in the same way as a terrestrial broadband connection.
Q: Does it take a long time?
Although it sounds like your internet signal takes a lengthy journey, the whole process from start to finish is completed within a few brief seconds because your data is traveling at the speed of light. There may be an insignificant delay of half a second to make the connection, but when a file transfer has been initiated, satellite internet service offers speeds comparable to its conventional DSL and cable counterparts.
Q: What else do I need to know?
Once your satellite internet service is up and running, all of your computers, tablets, phones, and other devices can easily be linked to the World Wide Web. A clear, unobstructed view of the southern sky is also important to provide a direct line of sight between your residential satellite dish and the geostationary satellite orbiting high overhead.
If you have any further inquiries about satellite internet services, please contact us at Pure High Speed.