How Do I Speed Up My Satellite Internet?

By Contributing Writer

Satellite Internet is a great tool if you are unable to find internet service in your area. Some services like cable and DSL will not provide service to many rural areas or areas that are far from a larger city or town. It may not be as fast as some cable and DSL providers, but you can do a couple of things to make sure you get the maximum speed you are allowed.

Wirless and Ethernet

The difference between wireless and Ethernet is pretty simple. A wireless router sends a signal to the computer which powers the Internet without the use of any wires or cables. In order to use wireless you have to have either a wireless card or a built-in wireless unit. Ethernet is the opposite and much more direct. An Ethernet cable runs from the modem directly or from a cable router and connects directly into the Ethernet port of the PC or the laptop. Wireless is a much more convenient way to handle your Internet and can cut down on all the wires that have to be running through the house. You can literally sit anywhere as long as you are within appropriate range of the wireless router. No need to worry about security either, because you set a special password to connect to your wireless router which ensures no one will use it without your permission. However, if you are looking for ways to speed up your satellite Internet it is recommended that you use a direct Ethernet connection. Ethernet will give you every ounce of speed that your Internet provider allows and as a direct connection it is a much faster when transmitting data. Wireless routers often have limits on how much data they can handle at once so you may only be getting 56 MBPS when you could be getting over 100 MBPS with a direct connection with a cable.

Port Forwarding

If you have your own router that you are running multiple computers through it might be a good idea to forward your ports. The router has specific ports that it can open and close to ensure that malicious websites do not have access to your network. In order to forward your ports you will need to know the web address of your router and enter it in the address bar of your Internet browser. Once you have access into your router you will need to locate the "port forwarding" tab (it is located in different places depending on your router; find instructions for port forwarding specific to your router brand). From here you can enter any port numbers or ranges that you wish to open. For example, if you download movies from a specific site and want better speed, you can search "port ranges for (specific site name)." Enter the numbers you find into the port forwarding and save the changes onto your router. Make sure to restart your router so the changes can properly take effect. If you have done this correctly you should experience accelerated speeds.

Limit Restrictions

It is important to understand that some of the speed slowdowns that you have been experiencing are due to limit restrictions which are often set by your service provider. Satellite Internet, unlike cable Internet, is shared by a group of different individuals. You do not have your own dedicated line but you get a small portion of the signal that is being sent to you. Because of this it would be unfair to let certain people download more than others because massive downloads can cause a big slowdown in the Internet usage for others. A limit restriction is usually a set megabyte amount (for example 200MB) that you will not be able to exceed in a 24-hour period. If you do exceed this download restriction the provider will usually penalize you by greatly reducing your speed for a set period of time. To minimize this issue you should keep a log of your downloads and ensure that you do not break the limit set by your provider. It is important to call your provider and discuss this exact amount with them so that you clearly understand your limits.