Making the Best of Your Satellite Internet Speed

All right, hang on just stop for a second. Don’t go to the comments section just yet, give me just a minute. Know look, I’ve done a fair few reviews of satellite internet in the past, and I know you’re probably frustrated because satellite internet
has a pretty bad reputation when it comes to it’s
speed and reliability compared to other types
internet connection. Now some of that is no doubt deserved. Some of it maybe less so. But there are things you can do to make sure you’re set up to squeeze as much speed and reliability
out of your connection as you possibly can. (typing loudly) – -Enhance. (typing loudly) Enhance. (typing loudly) Enhance.– And that’s what we’ll go over today. So, let’s dive in. (upbeat music) Now don’t forget to subscribe and hit that bell icon
if you wanna be notified when we have more videos like this one. Now then, a few tips to deal
with satellite internet speeds. First of all, there may
be some alternatives. So double check that there isn’t a DSL or cable line near-by for you to tap into. Now I know, you’ve probably
already checked this. You probably already know if it’s there. But it’s worth a look just
to see if another line has come in since then. If you want to know for sure, use the zip code finder
over at and we can double check
for you of what’s available in your area. And there are even some alternatives, depending on your location, you could be using 4G, mobile hotspotting, that sort of thing. Next up, use Viasat instead
of HughesNet or vice versa. Now this isn’t going to be a review so I’m not going in to
details on each one, but in a nut shell, Viasat
offers higher speeds at higher prices, and HughesNet’s advertised speeds are slower but it costs less. Now as far as performance, your mileage may vary, it will vary, usually based on your location. But generally HughesNet
gets high marks from the FCC on delivering the speeds they promise. Although that FCC report was
all the way back from 2017. But anyway, Viasat did
okay in that same report and these days we prefer their plans and pricing over HughesNet’s. But if one isn’t working, and your close to the
end of your contract, maybe look into switching. Second, optimize your
your router placement. Either choose a central location or find one close to where
the most devices are. For example, at my house we
spend more time upstairs, but we do more intensive
streaming downstairs where we have the TV, the PC, etcetera. You can also look into
using a mesh Wi-Fi system but be aware that it
might not work as well as advertised on a satellite connection. Next up, you can get your own router. Now I know that these
companies make you pay for the equipment lease regardless, it is built into that. But that doesn’t mean you have to use the router they sent. So you can look into
some other premium router that may get you a little
bit better performance out of your connection
than the one they sent. Just make sure it is compatible, and keep your receipt just
in case it doesn’t work and you need to send it back
and try a different one. Next up, use Ethernet whenever possible. Wi-Fi these days is pretty good but it’s never going to be
as reliable as hard-wiring your connection even with a really strong, really fast connection your
signal will lose some strength going through walls and over any distance. So if you’re working with a max speed of say 25 megabits per
second to the router, you’re going to lose
of that just by nature of how wireless signals work, and we all know that
you’re probably not getting that 25 megabits per second so you’re gonna be
working down even lower. Ultimately, it’s about having patients. The reliability issue that’s
such a common complaint with satellite internet is a product of the technology itself. Yes, there are legitimate
criticisms and complaints to make about customer service or plan structures or whatever. But when it comes to the
speeds you’re getting, I hate to be the guy consistently doing the devils advocate thing but there may be nothing
more that you, or Viasat or HughesNet can really do about it. The good news is that there is light at the end of the tunnel for
satellite internet users. Amazon has applied for FCC approval to send thousands of satellites
into lower earth orbit to provide more universal
high speed coverage. Now that could be a few year out. But SpaceX has a similar plan and they’ve already started launching their own satellites and OneWeb is estimated to
be available as soon as 2021. So fingers crossed, maybe satellite internet as a concept and as a reality will
start to improve soon. For now though, hang in there. Try a few tricks to squeeze as much speed and reliability out of
your connection as you can. Switch providers if you need to. Get your own router, put it in the best place
possible and if you can, wire your devices with Ethernet instead of relying on Wi-Fi. So if you have any tips and
tricks to share that I missed, hit up the comments below, dispense some wisdom, let us know. Give this video a like and subscribe if it was helpful to you
cause’ we’ll have more content just like this coming your way. Thanks for watching everybody.

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