Satellite vs. Dial-up Internet

July 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm (Dial up, satellite) (, , , , , , )

The increasing popularity of and demand for broadband Internet propels the goal of providing it to the entire U.S. Many rural homes across the country, however, have little or no access to DSL and cable. Both of these popular broadband services require costly upgrades or wiring and is not considered worthwhile for many rural homes—some for now, others, maybe always. Until then, two types of Internet are often available for these areas: dial-up and satellite.

Dial-up Internet varies greatly from satellite Internet. One obvious difference, and often the deciding factor for many, is the price. The total monthly cost of dial-up is between 10-20 dollars a month and usually the set up is free—assuming you have a dial-up modem and a local access number. Satellite internet, on the other hand, has a monthly fee of 40-350 dollars a month (depending on the speed/download allowance you want). The total cost includes the price of leasing or buying the equipment (dish, router, etc.), installation, and other fees, such as repair plans, technical support, or contract fees. Even if you get the cheapest, slowest plan, you will have to pay at least $100 up front to get started.

Even a far stretch of the possible expenses you’ll have with dial-up will not come near the price of satellite. A dial-up modem, for example, is typically between 20 and 50 dollars, but is usually already installed on the computer. If you don’t have a land line phone service, you can consider that into your monthly costs.

Another difference in these Internet services is the connection speed. Satellite is many times faster than dial-up, which is the only reason people are willing to pay so much more. Dial-up can usually not be connected constantly, and downloads are painfully slow. However, many satellite plans have download limits and your connection can be restricted to dial-up speeds as a penalty for exceeding those limits.

Connectivity can be an issue for both satellite and dial-up. Dial-up can have trouble connecting if the phone lines to your house are old or a considerable distance from the phone company’s central office. Static or other line noise can cause slow connections and frequent disconnects. Since satellite signals from the sky, inclement weather can cause disrupted or slow connectivity, which can be a problem for areas with frequent stormy weather. You can only get satellite if you own your home (renters must have permission to install a dish) and have a clear view of the southern sky. Just like with cell phones, you may not be able to get a good connection with satellite if you live in a wooded or mountainous area.

Getting started with dial-up is often as simple as a phone call and a configuration of settings on the computer, unless you order a disk to set up software. Dial-up can be set up on multiple computers and just needs a phone cord plugged into the back to get started. This means you can use dial-up while you’re traveling or on vacation. Setting up satellite could take several weeks with ordering, shipping and installing equipment. The time and cost of installing equipment and setting up the connection on satellite is clearly greater than dial-up.

Satellite Internet is a viable option if you require a broadband connection for your needs and can’t get DSL or cable, providing the pre-qualifications are met and no major weather obstructions occur too frequently. Dial-up Internet is a easy and affordable option for you if you don’t spend much time online and don’t want to bothered with fees and contracts, providing you have quality land lines and a working dial-up modem.

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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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