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How does satellite (wireless) internet work, and why is having a wired network more reliable?

wired-network

There are so many internet options and companies out there that provide internet services, how do you choose, or know what service is right for you?

All West Communications internet network is delivered over wires because it not only increases reliability but allows faster upload and download speeds at better pricing for our customers and community.

Why does a wired internet network work more efficiently?

Let start by looking at how each type of network works and how it relates to the services available.

Satellite Internet

Satellite internet is having the ability to transmit and receive data from a satellite dish. Most satellite companies’ connections involves three satellite dishes; one at the internet service providers (ISP) hub, one in space and one attached to your property. The ISP will send the internet signal to the dish in space, which then relays it to you. Every time you make a request (new page, download, send an email, etc.) it goes to the dish in space and then to the ISP’s hub. The completed request is then sent back through space to your dish and then to your computer.

Common issues with satellite internet include:

  • The weather affects the signal path. During bad wind or rainstorms, you should expect poor quality internet, assuming you have internet at all.
  •  Poor latency or high ping rate. Your internet signal has to go at least 22,000 miles in the air two times before it reaches your home. Since you have to send data to space, this creates a lag on internet connecting devices. This lag can affect your internet experience, especially if you’re a gamer, working from home, streaming TV, or use VoIP services.
  •  Minor obstructions can affect your signal. Your dish needs to point south because this is where all the orbiting dishes are in outer space. Anything in the way of your dish’s signal such as branches or buildings, can affect the quality.
  • Satellite internet is relatively expensive for the speed you get. For example, Utah Broadband’s highest speed is 60 Mbps for $89.95, whereas All West’s lowest speed is 100 Mbps for just $59.95. You can get twice as much speed for $30 less.

Wired Network

A wired network is the physical connection to your home and your ISP provider through either Coax, DSL, or Fiber.

Benefits of a wired network include:

  • You get better upload and download speeds. When you are connected directly to your ISP provider, there is no lag, which makes your connection faster.
  •  There are no obstructions to block your service. Since most Coax, DSL and Fiber lines are either buried or affixed to utility poles, you won’t have to worry about your connection getting disturbed.
  • With a wired connection, your ISP can offer you better prices and faster speeds than satellite offerings. For example, Wicked Fast internet provides 75 Mbps for $99.95 per month, whereas 100 Mbps will All West is $59.95 per month.

We hope this helps our customers understand the differences between satellite (wireless) and wired internet connections.

Learn more about All West’s Internet Plans.