Pros and Cons of Satellite Broadband 2020

Thinking about getting satellite broadband? It certainly has its pros and cons, and your internet use and location will determine if it is best suited to you. 

Satellite broadband is an internet connection provided through communication satellites. One located in space (36,000 km from Earth) and one from the roof of your home. Satellite technology has been continuously improving over the last fifteen or twenty years and has become a great broadband option for those in remote areas.

Pros of Satellite Broadband

  1. 100% Connectivity and Global Coverage

It provides 100% connectivity, no matter where you live. Regardless of any hill, tree or other land masses that have previously blocked your broadband connection. As the internet connection is beamed from your home, straight up to a satellite in space, there is no internet mast to which to connect.

This is what makes satellite broadband extremely attractive to rural and remote areas, as it provides coverage to any location on earth.

  1. Superfast

It is extremely fast and is up 35 times faster than ‘dialup’. In general, is classified as ‘superfast broadband’ as it provides over 30Mbps (megabits per second). 

Rural WiFi packages provide up to 30, 50 and 100Mbps.

  1. Simple, Quick and FREE Installation

The installation is very fast and simple in comparison to other broadband alternatives, such as fibre. The home satellite that is mounted on your roof, can be installed within a few hours. The turnover from point of sale until your satellite is installed and fully operational is approximately 10 days.

  1. No Phone Line Needed 

It does not require a phone line, so you do not need to have one at all. Unfortunately for those who are looking for a phone line, they will have to get one from another provider as this cannot be provided through satellite broadband.

  1. Reliability

It provides a highly stable connection and has much lower chances of outages. With other underground networks (aka terrestrial networks) such as dial-up and fibre broadband. There is much more opportunity for faults along their long cable lines that go on for hundreds of miles.

How does Satellite Broadband work?
Satellite Broadband

Cons of Satellite Broadband

  1. Latency 

Latency is the time it takes for data to be transmitted, from one source to another and is measured in milliseconds. Data has to travel up to a satellite in space and back down, which can cause a level of latency at times. Although this latency does not affect general internet users, such as zoom, skype or streaming. It does affect online gaming, as even a slight delay in connection can ruin a game.

Due to this, we don’t recommend satellite broadband to any customers who have online gamers in their households. 

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customer Testimonials

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March 2024

Very happy and highly recommend. Last month we were looking for a new internet provider and spent some time reading reviews of the providers in our area. After readig them and talking about our choices, my wife and I liked the reviews of Rural Wifi, they had lots of them and the comments were very positive. So after all our research, we made our decision and are very happy with it. They offer great service which is hard to find these days and they also have a wonderful and friendly customer service team when you need them

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February 2024

Good customer support. Easy to get a response by telephone. Prompt assistance and installation. Good broadband coverage, despite residing in a 'black spot'.

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February 2024

Amazing service! I’ve had Rural WiFi for the past 2 years and I would have been lost without it. Such a great service and amazing customer service too. Never had a days trouble with it at all.

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February 2024

Excellent, reliable company I have been with Rural WiFi for a number of years now. I have found them to be extremely reliable and reasonably priced. I live in the countryside and have forestry around my house. I tried a few companies before I found Rural WiFi, they are the only company that got us connected at a decent speed, even the landline speed was extremely slow (not fiberoptic) through eircom. Rural WiFi customer service is one of the best I've ever dealt with. They return a call or email when they say they will, they deal with the issue promptly and professionally. I recommend Rural WiFi 100%

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