Thinking of launching your business with satellite internet? First, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into.
Satellite internet providers like HughesNet give you access to the internet from communications satellites orbiting the Earth. To use the internet, your provider installs a dish receiver on your property in a location that has a clear line of sight to the sky. The receiver is then connected to a satellite-capable modem.
You can connect devices like computers, smartphones, or point-of-sale systems to satellite internet connections just like you can with cable or digital subscriber line (DSL) connections. Satellite internet lets you browse the web, download files, stream audio and video, and run online business software.
Satellite internet can be provided to businesses located in areas where high-speed DSL or cable internet is unavailable, making it especially important for businesses in rural or remote locations.
Commercially available satellite technology can deliver moderately fast internet speeds. Businesses can get download speeds up to 25 Mbps with HughesNet.
These speeds are much lower than advertised speeds offered by many DSL and cable internet providers. Satellite’s sluggishness is due to the physical distance required to send data to and from orbital stations—at distances reaching 22,000 miles away.3
Distance leads to another challenge inherent with satellite internet: latency. Sometimes called lag or ping, latency is the total time a piece of information takes to complete a round trip from your internet’s origin to your device.