There are numerous advantages to living out in the country, home offices, less traffic and open spaces. One of the biggest disadvantage is the lack of availability of DSL or cable Internet service. So basically we have two choices, stay with dial up or satellite Internet service. Not all satellite access is the same. Unless you live in southern California, Arizona or areas that do not receive much cloud cover or rain, the differences of the satellite systems can be huge!
Satellites are used to send information down to us. They are used for GPS, television and satellite Internet service. Some hughesnet share their capacity with other services to help offset the millions of dollars that they cost to launch and implement.
The biggest difference for Internet access is between two way or one way Internet systems. Two way satellite service utilizes a satellite dish to both send and receive information back and forth. One way satellite Internet service uses your phone line to transmit your page request to the World Wide Web and the satellite to send packets of information down to you.
Two way satellite internet boast that they do not “tie up your phone line”. While this is true, that is also one of the biggest disadvantages that two way system have. If you live in rural America where it rarely rains or receives much cloud cover, then go with a two way system. If not, a One way option is your best bet.
Satellites where sent into orbit for one purpose, to send information to us. For Internet purposes, the world wide web does not reside in space on a satellite, it’s here. With two way service, we are asking the mounted satellite dish, to send page requests to the satellite. Do we really believe that the satellite dish that is mounted on our home or business is close to being as powerful as the satellite is? Of course not! This is a major downfall that two way satellite service has. The lack of strength to transmit back through clouds or rain is called “rain fade”. If it it cloudy or especially if it is raining, you have a high probability of losing the ability to even be on the Internet!
One way satellite service solves the issue of rain fade. Using your existing phone modem sends your page request to the World Wide Web directly. The packets of information are then sent down lightening fast via the satellite to your dish. This provides a stable and reliable high speed Internet service. This uses the satellites strength as it was intended.