How Does Satellite Internet Work?
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Rural areas might include farms and ranches, mountain retreats, or desert pit stops. Offshore interests, like oil rigs and casinos, rely on wireless Internet to have a connection, even as they rely on the services the Internet provides to do business and attract customers. Residents deep in the Everglades, the Ozarks, or the forests of the Pacific Northwest might find that a satellite connection is the only option for reliable Internet.
How does satellite Internet bring Internet access to places so far away from everywhere else? And how does HughesNet excel in the rural Internet industry?
In 1965, the first commercial satellite was launched. It was developed by Hughes Aviation, the brainchild of the famous Howard Hughes. This first satellite, nicknamed “Early Bird,” handled television, telephone, and early fax communications. It broadcast historic events for almost 5 years before being decommissioned.
As our technology on the ground has improved, HughesNet engineers, inspired by their namesake pioneers, have found ways to make satellite communication faster and more efficient. So when on the ground communication began to include home Internet, satellite Internet access wasn’t far behind bringing customers in remote areas more rural Internet options.
Since all orbits are geostationary, that means all satellite receivers, most notably satellite dishes, simply need to point in the same direction to get a signal. For satellite communications in the United States, such as HughesNet Gen 5 satellite Internet, all you need is a clear view of the southern sky.
NOCs differ from the central locations of cable and DSL in that the only connection they have to the network is through satellite transmissions. They do not have wires to hubs because the satellite is the hub. With fewer points of contact between an NOC and the end user, there is less opportunity for interruptions and packet loss. Otherwise, just like the central locations DSL and cable Internet use, the purpose of the NOC is to find the web address requested by the user at the other end of the satellite transmission.
When you order HughesNet Gen 5 satellite Internet service, you are provided with equipment that connects your computer to the satellite in orbit. This equipment includes:
- A satellite dish with radio antenna
- A mount to attach the dish
- A HughesNet HT2000W Wi-Fi modem/router and power supply
- A grounding block to absorb excess electricity generated by the signal
- Up to 125 feet of RG6 cable
- Weather sealing for outdoor installations
All satellite systems must be installed professionally per federal regulations, but HughesNet offers free professional installation as part of all of its leasing packages. You can lease or own your equipment, but when you lease it, you can get software updates to your equipment as a provision of the lease.
When you type a web address into your search engine, the modem translates your request into data. The data then travels from the modem, through the RG6 cable to the dish and antenna, which beam the data to HughesNet’s satellites. The satellite then sends the request to the NOC, and the NOC answers the request and sends the data back to the satellite. Then the satellite sends it to you. This all happens in fractions of a second, thanks to broadband Internet speeds and high throughput.
Wi-Fi is also part of your HughesNet satellite Internet connection, which means your entire household can enjoy fast, reliable satellite Internet on any wireless device, such as a cell phone or tablet. This is built right in to your equipment and guarantees you download speeds suitable for streaming movies, online gaming, downloads, and video calls.
HughesNet ensures the throughput on their satellites with JUPITER System technology, the most cutting edge in satellite communications. HughesNet beams this technology from space right into your home, ensuring your satellite Internet is reliable no matter where you are. Even during high traffic times, HughesNet customers are always guaranteed that their data flows smoothly to the NOC and back.
Old satellites used K band radio waves to transmit data, but now they use more powerful Ku band waves. This alone increases speed and decreases packet loss, but it is not the only innovation that makes HughesNet America’s #1 choice for satellite Internet.
Also part of HughesNet’s innovations is hardware that keeps up with today’s Internet needs. Outside is a state-of-the-art satellite system that is resistant to severe conditions and transmits a clear signal to the equipment indoors.
From there, HughesNet delivers your Internet through the HT2000W satellite Internet modem/router. The modem translates the data from the dish into data your computer can read, while the router allows multiple units to be attached with Ethernet cable. All of this keeps up with most Internet service, but with the added benefit of HughesNet quality, installation, support, and affordable plans.
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