5 Advantages and 5 Disadvantages of Satellite Internet

You spend a lot of money on your Internet service and want to ensure that you are getting the best deal for your dollar. Should you go with Satellite Internet or not? The debate continues, so here is a list of  5 advantages to Satellite Internet and 5 disadvantages to Satellite Internet that may help you decide whether Satellite Internet is right for you.


Since Satellite Internet is beamed directly from the satellite to your home, the signal does not have to pass through miles of phone or cable lines giving many advantages to this type of service.

  1. Connection: For avid Internet users or people who rely on the internet for their personal businesses, having the internet constantly available is a must. With Satellite Internet, once you boot up your computer, you are connected to the Internet. There is no dial up or log on needed; you are just automatically connected.
  1. Availability: Satellite Internet has a higher availability rate than DSL or cable. If you are in the United States, you are able to get Satellite Internet. Even in remote or mountainous regions where running DSL lines and cables are impossible, Satellite Internet is able to provide service.
  1. Multiple Users: The number of computers per household has increased dramatically over the years. It is more likely that each person in a home has his or her own computer, rather than each home having one computer for everyone to share. Satellite Internet can easily accommodate all the computers a family has, all at the same time. There is no need to wait for one computer to “log off” in order for another one to “log on.”
  1. Ease of Use: Satellite Internet is a ‘no problem’ Internet service. Once a technician sets up your account and installs a receiver on the exterior of your home, you are ready to go. No additional equipment is needed.
  1. Service Outages: Downed wires and ice on the phone lines are just two circumstances that can bring other types of Internet service to a standstill, but not Satellite Internet. With satellite signal, you will not lose your Internet connection.


As great as that sounds there are some disadvantages to having satellite internet.

  1. Fair Access Policy: The FAP limits the bandwidth of a subscriber’s daily Internet use. This means that during peak hours of use, your service is slower than it would be using cable or DSL.
  1. Latency: Latency means that, again during peak usage times, people using voice chat applications or voice-over IP service may experience noticeable lag times between responses. Streaming videos and watching a movie may be significantly slowed during these times making for a less than enjoyable viewing experience.
  1. Weather disturbances: Because the satellite data signals travel long distances, any disturbance can cause disruption in the connection. Rain, clouds, snow and high winds have all contributed to the lost data signals which leads to loss of connectivity and interruptions in service.
  1. Placement of receiver: Subscribers must take extra care when having their satellite receivers installed. Placement should not be blocked by trees and should have a clear view location to be able to receive the clearest signals.
  1. Cost: Satellite Internet is comparatively more expensive than either cable or DSL Internet. There are high start-up costs as well as monthly fees.

Whether you are ready to try Satellite Internet or are just exploring the idea, it makes sense to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of Satellite Internet service.