Dial-up vs. Satellite Internet

May 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm (Dial up) (, , , )

In spite of government and internet companies’ eager attempts to make broadband available to the entire U.S., many rural homes across the country have little or no access to DSL and cable. Two types of internet services are often available for these areas: dial up and satellite.

Dial up internet has multiple benefits over satellite internet. The most obvious difference is the price. The total monthly cost of dialup is between 10 and 20 dollars a month with little or no additional fees including set up or equipment fees. Satellite internet has a monthly fee somewhere between 40 to 350 dollars a month, not including the price of leasing or buying the equipment, installation, and other fees such as repair plans, technical support, or contract fees.

Even a far stretch of the possible expenses of dialup will not come near the price of satellite. A dialup modem, for example is typically between 20 and 50 dollars, but is usually already installed on the computer. Other than a land line and a phone cord, that is the extent of the “equipment” and “installation” costs.

Reliability and convenience are two areas where dial up exceeds satellite. Connecting to the internet with most dialup services is available to any computer that has a land line phone. That means you can take your services with you when you vacation or travel. It is not confined to the home where the satellite dish is installed.

Satellite does brag faster speeds, but can be abruptly terminated in the event of inclement weather or damage to the expensive satellite dish. Also, satellite is limited to only those homes that are owned (renters must have permission to install a dish) and have a clear view of the southern sky. This makes it difficult for anyone who lives in a wooded area or near other large buildings.

Getting started with dialup is often as simple as a phone call and a configuration of settings on the computer, where setting up satellite could take several weeks, not to mention the amount of time and cost that would be considerably higher should a repair be necessary.

If you need a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to connect to the internet, choose dial up!


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