With advances in technology, the two titans of satellite internet service, HughesNet and Viasat/Exede, both released their premier latest and greatest satellite dishes in 2017.
So you’ve packed up your things and moved your
family away from the hustle and bustle of the BIG City out to the crisp, clean,
country air of Rural Town, U.S.A… but then it hits you, “What do these country
folks do out here for high-speed internet!?” Phone call after phone call you to
make to every internet/cable company you’ve ever seen an advertisement for, but
no one services your address. Frustration sets in. To many, this realization
that fiber optic cables and high-speed broadband connections are things that
you left behind along with the traffic lights and fire hydrants of the big
city, can be a HUGE culture shock. But take a deep breath… There’s no need to
stress, has got you covered on all your Wi-Fi
needs! It might not be the option you’re hoping for but it’s the best option
Satellite, It’s Better Than You Thought
With advances in
technology, the two titans of satellite internet service, HughesNet and
Viasat/Exede, both released their premier latest and greatest satellite dishes
their Gen5 series powered by EchoStar XIX that boasts a 25mbps speed across the
board on all tiered data plan. That means just like a data plan on a
smartphone, you’ll be choosing a plan for your Wi-Fi in the household. But no
worries if you exceed your data allowance for the month, there are no overages,
just throttled speeds 3-5mbps typically. You can still snoop on your ex-boyfriend
from high school on Facebook with that. Additionally, the FCC ranked HughesNet
#1 in the nation “among all internet providers for providing the speeds that
Viasat/Exede with their Boeing built Viasat-2 dish offers speeds up to 100mbps in select areas complimented with unlimited data plans. That’s a never-before advertised speed for satellite internet but can end up burning a hole in your wallet. But some people won’t let dollar bills stand in their way of super high-speed internet.
Basically, every satellite internet company is going to require a two-year commitment but in a way that’s a benefit rather than a downside. This keeps your rates the same. Viasat will guarantee you the rate for 2 years. HughesNet typically only increases by $15 after two years. Both offer “vacation modes” perfect for second homes where you can suspend the service up to 6 months out of the year at minimal costs.
Satellite is a more expensive technology than your familiar “cable lines run to the home” technology, so it will generally cost you about $60-$110 depending on plans available in your area. But with the cost of living being cheaper in the country, it evens out in a way. And can you really put a price on the peace and quiet that country life offers?
about the weather? Will I lose my signal if it rains or snows? The new
technology that arose in 2017 has alleviated some of the stress on weather
affecting service. It’s not perfect but it’s also not horrible.
Can my kids play their video games?
They can, and most
games will work. Certain games that require an instant response in online
multiplayer arenas will suffer due to lag or latency. Essentially, they’ll hit
a button and it will take 1-3 seconds for the desired action to happen. Because
the signal needs to travel from your home to outer space to hit the satellite
dish in orbit and then back down to earth to the gaming servers and then back
to your home – that’s added distance wired internet services do not have to
travel to outer space -- causes the lag. It’s enough to make the most hardcore
gamer rage and throw their controller through a television screen. VPNs
(Virtual Private Networks) suffer from the same issue. First person shooters
and sports games will suffer the most from this. All other types of games will
work like RPGs, Minecraft, casino games, and apps on tablets and phones. The
kids should really be outside playing anyways like we all did growing up.
Can I Stream Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and all the others?
You most certainly
can! There’s not one plan offered by both HughesNet or Viasat that isn’t
capable of streaming video in HD. The only drawback is that if you’re on a
tiered data plan, you can eat away your entire data allowance for the month in
a single weekend by binge-watching “Breaking Bad.” A good rule of thumb is for
every hour of streaming in the highest HD, 1 GB (gigabyte) is used. There are
added tools with both companies that will pre-set the picture quality to
lowered HD settings to alleviate the amount of data used to stream. Test it out
on YouTube. Go ahead. I’ll wait… Open it up now and play a video. Click on the
settings and lower the picture quality to 480p. It’s not that bad. Who needs to
have the picture quality at its highest setting just to make out every pore on
Walter White’s face? Many country living folks have accepted data tiered plans
as a reality and use television services like DirecTV and Dish Network to remedy
the need for video entertainment. Both HughesNet and Viasat offer a $10 bundle
discount off the internet bill with DirecTV.
What are the startup costs for satellite internet?
Startup costs are next to none. will require you
pay for the first month’s bill upfront. With a $50 discount often applied to
the first month, the first bill is less than $20 in most instances. typically has
no startup costs and usually offers its own discount for the first three
months. Both will require a valid form of payment on file and promote automatic
bill pay and paperless billing. You can request a paper bill if you’re
old-fashioned like that for a small monthly fee. Equipment is leased at about
$10 a month. They do offer lifetime lease options where you pay a one-time
amount to erase all equipment fees off future bills. Should you ever cancel the
service, you will need to return the modem/router even if you paid the one-time
fee or else expect a hefty charge. As far as installation goes, it’s free and
easy for those able to pass a credit check. Installation ranges from anywhere
from two to three hours. The customer gets the final say on where the dish is
installed. Most will put it on their roof to not only achieve the best line of
sight to the southern sky but also to keep it out of the way in the yard when
mowing the grass. So, all-in-all there is still light at the end of the
internet tunnel for all your social media and needs on all your fancy wireless
devices. Giving you no reason to regret replacing the big city lights with the
cool country nights.
An easy way to see what's available with either company is to
use a reliable site like . One of their professional agents can
determine serviceability for your home and go over the speeds and plans
available to you.