In rural areas with smaller populations, internet service options are limited. Service providers that use cable and other high-speed wired connections don't think its worth the cost to place the lines and towers that make their technology work in places that don't promise high profits. However, there are three options that are commonly available to those who live in these areas: satellite, DSL, and wireless internet. Each connection type comes with a unique list of pluses and minuses. This brief overview will help you understand how these technologies are different, and how those differences might affect your service.
All internet services fall into two basic categories.
- Wired connections use a physical connection to exchange information between the user's computer and the service provider.
- Wireless connections receive and transmit radio signals over the air. Supporting infrastructure helps direct the signals to the right location.
DSL is a wired internet service. A modem device is attached to a telephone line. This modem may need to be connected directly to your computer for service. However, many providers offer a device that converts the signal into wireless internet in your home, allowing you to connect multiple WiFi-capable devices to your service.
Satellite and wireless internet are both wireless connections. Instead of cables or wires, service is delivered via radio waves. A specialized modem picks up the provider's frequency and uses it to move digital transmissions back and forth. However, satellite and wireless services use different methods to move those signals to their proper place.
- Providers place satellites in orbit around the Earth. Users install a dish on their property to receive internet signals.
- Wireless internet takes advantage of cellular towers to bounce radio signals between their servers and subscribers.
The basic technology that backs your internet service has a big impact on your web browsing experience. The use of telephone lines limits DSL speeds to an average of 5 to 12 MBPS. Likewise, satellites that are thousands of miles away typically prevent providers from offering speeds over 12 MBPS. By using the cellular grid to deliver signals, wireless internet avoids both of these problems. KP Internet subscribers routinely enjoy up to 50 MBPS of solid internet service.
Price Points Differences
For most internet subscribers, the goal is to find the fastest service at the lowest price. For budget-concious web users, DSL is an economical choice. Telephone lines are already an integral part of the country's communiaiton grid, which means providers don't need to invest heavily in new infrastructure to deliver the service. This allows them to offer some of the lowest subscription prices for their access.
Satellite service has a reputation for being pricey. The cost of building and maintaing orbiting transmission equipment means users often have to pay premium fees for service. Capacity is also a problem. Satellites can only transmit a limited amount of data on each broadcast. That means that providers might limit your peak hours usage or demand higher fees for more access to high-speed service.
Wireless internet is one of the most cost effective ways to connect to the web. Cellular tower networks already cover most of the country, so providers aren't forced to pass on the high costs of building infrastructure from scratch. Since the signals are delivered over the air, there is less problems with capacity. Wireless users with KP Internet never pay extra for data during periods of high demand.
Lost and weak signals prevent internet users from fully enjoying their favorite games and media. The reliability of your internet connection is based on a number of factors.
- The physical construction of your internet provider's equipment. Suspended telephone wires and outdoor dishes are most vulnerable to wind, rain, and animal activity.
- Network capacity. As mentioned before, each technology is naturally limited by the material used to deliver signals. Telephone lines and satellite services with limited capacity means some users may have a hard time staying connected during peak usage hours.
- Distance from provider's equipment. Satellite signals that travel thousands of miles through the atmosphere have to compete with many barriers that make connection failures more likely. With DSL, miles of wiring mean many opportunities for service-stopping mishaps. Wireless internet that uses cellular towers are less affected by distance due to the open-air delivery.
Reliable internet means being able to connect quickly and stay connected to the fastest available speeds. Overall, wireless internet offers more reliability than either DSL or satellite services.
See the Difference for Yourself with KP Wireless Internet
Wireless internet is an economical, dependable, and comparatively fast option for subscribers in East Texas. Find out how wireless internet can make a difference in your daily life. Schedule a discovery call to learn more about your options.