What is satellite Internet, do you ask? Well, basically its high speed broadband Internet access provided by means of satellites. This service is given to users all over the world through Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. There are several kinds of satellite systems with a wide range of features and technical restraints that can affect their performance and usefulness.
As a practical application, you can access the Internet in the absence of cable TV, or DSL service by using satellite Internet. Also, if you are a rural user of the Internet wanting access to broadband, it’s the ideal solution for you since satellite Internet neither uses telephone lines nor cables but a satellite dish, as the name suggests, for both uploading and downloading data communications. The speed of uploading information is barely one-tenth of the download speed which is 500 Kbps. Satellite systems are said to be at least 10 times faster than a traditional dial up modem connection.
How to set up an Internet connection through satellite; A common method of setting up an rural broadband Internet connection is through a satellite. This is considered a good option for those wanting to have multiple computers with access to the Internet. These systems have a satellite dish which is linked by to a receiver by a Ethernet cable. You can link your desktop computer to the receiver directly. You can also use economical, easily available hardware and network several computers to a satellite Internet system for individual and multiple simultaneous use of the Internet. For this, you will need a network cable and a broadband router.
1. Locate the Ethernet output port:: First, take a good look at your satellite Internet system and its receiver. Locate its Ethernet output socket which will connect to the WAN port on your router. Your satellite receiver is usually placed in a safe part of your home or office near an electrical connection.
2. Link router and cable: Choose from a wireless or wired broadband router. Add to it network cable and place the former in a spot where you can provide adequate signals to reach the computers, particularly if you’re using a wireless router. Take one end of the network cable and connect it with the output port of the satellite Internet receiver and insert the other end of this cable into the WAN port of the broadband router.
If using a wireless router, a signal can be broadcast to multiple computers with wireless capability. If your computer does not have wireless capability, the necessary equipment can usually be purchased to give it wireless capability.
Some Handy Tips:
- Place all wireless routers near the center of your home or office. This is because you can get the maximum signal strength here, which could be weak at other parts of the premises, depending on the distance between it and the receiving computer.
- Usually, one router is enough, though you could have more than one router if you run a large commercial establishment or if you live in a large home.
- There are potential security threats when using a wireless router, so it’s best that you are aware of them and take adequate steps to counter them.