Satellite Internet has made some serious strides the past few years, making it a pretty good opponent in the DSL vs. satellite battle. Both options are available in most areas, but not all are right for everyone. Before you make a decision on satellite vs DSL, consider the following.
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Speed is important. Without it, you will find it difficult to communicate online, watch movies, play games or transfer simple data – like emails.
Download speed is what most people look at when comparing Internet providers. Download speeds measure how long it takes for a file you download to become available. Obviously, the faster the speed, the faster you get access to your movie, video, site, etc.
DSL speeds can top out at 40Mbps in select areas. Typically you’ll find speeds are closer to 25-25 Mbps.
A fast satellite connection is considered to be around 10-15Mbps.
For both providers, upload speeds are significantly slower than download speeds.
A key aspect of any Internet provider is reliability. Without it, your Internet connection is unstable, which means your online needs suffer.
DSL is known as a tried and tested connection, mostly because of its reliable underground infrastructure. Any weather that interferes with your satellite dish (which is mounted outside) affects your Internet connection. Strong winds, thunderstorms and ice are all things to keep in mind.
Satellite, like dial-up, has one of the most comprehensive coverage networks of any Internet service provider. Why? Satellites are available just about anywhere.
To get DSL service you have to live close to a DSLAM, where your Internet provider sends and receives your Internet signals. A satellite connection doesn’t rely on a local office like a DSLAM, making it available just about anywhere.