High speed Internet is what most people want when they are shopping around for satellite Internet, and with our services, speed is what they get. However, the term high speed Internet is very broad and covers a variety of speeds. High speed Internet and broadband have become almost synonymous and now refer to any Internet speed that is faster than 4 Megabits per second. The satellite Internet options we offer - HughesNet and Exede - are significantly faster than this, making them fantastic options for high speed Internet service, but just how do they compare to other types of Internet service?
To show you exactly how fast our services are, we have compiled a list of how long it takes to download a file that is 10 MB in size. This allows you to compare exactly what different services can do.
- Exede Satellite Internet at a speed of 12 Mbps - 7 seconds
- Basic Cable at a speed of 6 Mbps - 14 seconds
- DSL at a speed of 3 Mbps - 26 seconds
- Standard DSL at a speed of 1.5 Mbps - 51 seconds
- Dial-up at a speed of 56 kbps - 23 minutes, 48 second
While most of these options are available in rural America, not all are available in every community. As you can see, three of the top options are services we offer. They provide incredible speeds that allow you to do so much more online in much less time than you could with other rural Internet services.
There are some other even higher speed options that are not available in rural areas. That same 10 MB file downloads in even less time with these Internet services.
- High speed cable at a speed of 30 Mbps - 2 seconds
- Fiber optic at a speed of 100 Mbps - under 1 second
When comparing speeds for your home Internet service, whether a download takes 5-7 seconds or 1-2 seconds makes little difference. Game-changing speed differences appear when you compare dial-up with broadband speeds. Even though the super high speed examples above are likely not an option where you live, we have included them for comparison purposes.
What It Really Means
You may be thinking “I never download 10 MB files. How does this apply to what I do?” If you are still using dial-up, downloading a 10 MB file is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what you don’t and can’t do online. When your choice of Internet service is that slow, you are very limited in what you can do online.
Would you wait for an album of music to download? It takes 6.5 hours with dial-up and 4 minutes with satellite Internet. Would you wait for a movie to download? It takes 41.6 hours to download with dial-up and 27 minutes with satellite Internet.
But there is more you can’t do because of speed. Dial-up does not allow you to Skype or do video calls. Social media, because it is image heavy, cannot be used effectively with dial-up. You can’t stream music or videos. Even sharing photos is challenging with dial-up because it takes minutes instead of seconds for each picture. And because of the technology, often the connection drops meaning you have to start all over again. With satellite Internet, you can do all this and so much more, quickly and without even a wait for connection, because satellite Internet is an always-on type of connection.
When you understand the speed difference between dial-up and broadband, and what it means to the things you do online, you understand why the time has come to make the choice of a high speed Internet service that can keep up with the many things the Internet offers. Go beyond emails and time consuming searches with dial-up, and discover everything the Internet can offer you.
The Internet Speed Choices You Have
Your address is a huge factor in determining the Internet speed choices you have. Life in the city means those highest speed Internet services are available to you. Even DSL in cities can be significantly faster. However, if you live in small town America, your best choice for high speed broadband Internet is satellite Internet from one of the two leading providers in the nation: Exede and HughesNet.
Discover more about the services available in your area with one phone call to our team at 1-866-812-3586. When you speak with one of our Internet specialists, you will find not only valuable information about the Internet service options available in your area, but also get the assistance necessary to help you make the choice of which one is best suited to your household’s needs.