If you are in the market for high speed Internet, you’re probably only certain of one thing: You don’t want to use dial-up Internet anymore. That’s a fair request. Dial-up Internet can be slow and inconvenient.
Satellite Internet is hands down a more viable Internet option than dial-up. Satellite will not use up your telephone line and having an “Always-On” connection will save you the headache of logging on every time you want to surf the Internet. You can create a wireless network, which allows you to connect to the web from every computer in the house, including your iPad or tablet. The greatest benefit of satellite Internet services is that you will have upload and download speeds that are up to 30x quicker than dial-up produces.
It is quite obvious that satellite Internet has glaring advantages over its dial-up counterpart. Now the task is to decide which high speed satellite Internet service to choose, since there are a few. To help in your decision making, we have put together a list of a few things you will want to know about your provider.
Choose Local Customer Service
You shouldn’t have to make a call to the other side of the globe for a simple question about your service. You should be making a local call. Choose a broadband satellite Internet service with a U.S.-based customer support center.
Virus Protection or Bust
Even though your broadband satellite Internet service provider will install your two-way satellite dish and connect it to a modem and your computer, you’re still responsible for your computer. Meaning the customer is responsible for all IT and repairs to their computers. However, some of the satellite Internet companies will give you a little bit of assistance, namely anti-virus protection. Select a provider that offers anti-virus at little or no cost to you.
Prepaid or Monthly Lease
You don’t usually buy the satellite and modems that you need for satellite Internet. You are able to lease this equipment from your provider. Select a provider that allows you to prepay for any leased equipment. This will end up saving you money over time.
Installation is a very technical process that can potentially be dangerous, and since you aren’t the owner of the equipment, providers will send a professional to install the equipment and establish a satellite Internet connection.
Be sure you pick a provider that offers a free installation. Some providers have been known to tack on $100 installation fee.