ViaSat-1 brand new internet offerings are putting many old myths to rest. ViaSat-2 is going to revolutionize speed and pricing.

Satellite has been around for a number of years now and many people believe a number of “facts” about satellite service -good or bad. However, many of these dubious myths date back to the earlier days of satellite technology. ViaSat has made enormous improvements since these old service.

Installing ViaSat satellite internet to a home or business is relatively straightforward: place the dish on the building, shoot a signal up to the satellite, receive it down to a internet gateway antenna. It’s actually quite a bit more complicated than that, and it can lead to some misconceptions about how satellite internet works. Here are five of the most common myths about satellite internet:


Myth No. 1: Satellite internet is expensive

ViaSat Internet Service Plans start at $50/mo in most areas, which compares quite well with other local DSL and Cable Service providers. Some DSL and cable service can be found at a lower price point, but we considering the speed benefits, lack of congestion against over-sold cable offerings, the cost is quite reasonable.

Myth No. 2: Satellite internet is slow

When most satellite services were introduced, most provider’s top speed was 1.5 Mbps. It was still a lot faster than the dial-up service available to many of our customers, but rather sluggish by today’s standards. ViaSat now offers speeds up to 25 Mbps all over the country, (some area may require 12 Mbps). And ViaSat-2 is  launch service off our new satellite, offers speeds up to 100 Mbps in many areas, and 25 Mbps everywhere else. Satellite continues to increase speed and reliability at a rapid rate!

Myth No. 3: Latency makes satellite internet a bad solution

Even light takes time to travel, no matter how small. Latency refers to the time it takes the signal to get from one point to another, and since our satellites are 22,300 miles above the earth, latency can be a factor with satellite data. But unless you’re doing certain kinds of online gaming (like first-person shooters) or using a VPN for working at home, latency shouldn’t be a problem. With the most common internet applications, like browsing, email or streaming video, latency is not an issue worth worrying about.

Myth No. 4: Rains my internet go out

Heavy rain and snow can interfere with radio signals, but again, this is not the big problem some make it out to be. For one, ViaSat’s improved technology addresses this so-called “rain fade,” and can also automatically increase signal power to areas where weather may cause an issue. Unlike radio and analog TV signals, where relatively minor loss of signal can cause a total interruption in service, internet data transmission is much more resilient. You might see slowing in a heavy weather, but rarely will it cause a total outage, and it shouldn’t last long. ViaSat-2 decreased latency as well.

Myth No. 5: You need a dedicated phone line

This hasn’t been the case for many years, but folks still ask it. In the earliest days of satellite internet technology, the data was downstream only. A two-way transfer required a dial-up phone line for the upstream data. You could receive data (downstream) through the satellite, but to upload or send info, it had to go out over a phone line. This problem was solved long ago, and modern satellite internet service has the capability to send and receive through the outdoor antenna (dish).

The amazing thing about modern satellite internet is that it’s available everywhere, speeds often excede local available DSL speed, and ViaSat-2 provides 100 Mbps on par with or potentially faster than cable internet. Click here to learn more about ViaSat satellite internet.