Apr 10, 2014

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Satellite Internet VS. 4G & WiFi

3DBi-font-b-Wi-b-font-font-b-Fi-b-font-font-b-Antenna-b-fontWhen it comes to comparing satellite internet with 4G and WiFi networks we can do so on three fronts; price, speed and reliability. These three factors will vary depending on the provider and the location. Let’s now have a comprehensive look at the three internet networks, the ultimate goal being to help determine which the best network for your internet needs is. 

Price:  In urban areas, 4G and WiFi are the commonly available networks owing to the fact that they’re cheaper than satellite services. Another factor that contributes to this is because less hardware is needed to set up 4G and WiFi networks. As expensive as it may be to set up satellite internet connectivity, it’s the main option available in rural areas. This is particularly viable if your internet connection operates from a mobile facility like a camper for instance.

Speed:  In general satellite internet connectivity is slower when compared to 4G and WiFi connections. However, it’s relatively faster than a dial up connection.  Satellite internet services provider’s use geostationary satellites running on the Ka-Band to provide maximum speeds of up to 15 Mbps.  The users connect via a Satellite Dish Antennas on  antenna mounts.

WiFi network speeds are largely dependent on the standards used by WiFi routers and the number of connected users at a particular time. It can be slower than a fast broadband internet connection unless the router has an antenna on the roof, connected by RP-SMA extension cable, as short as possible (router mounted on the roof is good).

4G speeds depend on the provider. Some providers like LTE provide speeds of up to 300 Mbps while others like WiMax have top speeds of up to 75 Mbps. In a nutshell 4G offers internet speeds comparable to that of a mid-range residential broadband connection. However, the speed at which you can access the internet through this platform depends on your location as well.

Reliability:  Satellite internet can be affected by a change in weather conditions and can more often than not experience delays especially when trying to use a webcam or any other communication tool with another computer. This makes satellite internet unreliable under such conditions. On the other hand 4G and WiFi reliability depends on the local provider. While the two platforms can also be affected by weather conditions, the impact is less significant as it is on satellite internet connections.

In rural areas where 4G and WiFi networks are hard to reach satellite internet connection becomes the most workable option. While it may be expensive to put up, overall costs are cheap in the long run as compared to 4G or WiFi connectivity. If you want to enjoy internet speeds at a relatively high speed then having 4G or WiFi connectivity may sound like the most viable alternative. Again the choice depends on particular needs and location.

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