Understanding satellite internet: Setting up your home network

So, you’ve decided you want satellite internet, but, what’s next? Do you install your own equipment? What do you have to buy? Here’s a guide on how to set up a whole home network on satellite internet for a less-stress installation process. Get connected with ease.


Who is satellite internet for?

Satellite internet is available nationwide, so it’s enticing for customers living in rural areas and hard to reach locations. Satellite providers, such as HughesNet and Viasat, offer wireless satellite internet everywhere coast-to-coast.

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Home network setup

Setting up a home network doesn’t have to be daunting. Follow these steps:

Schedule your installation: Contact your satellite internet provider to install the equipment you’ve bought or leased including the satellite dish and modem. Make sure the installer runs a connection test for a quality service.

Modem and router setup: Next, you need to set up your modem and router to get home Wi-Fi. The modem connects to the internet to bring it into your home, and the router transmits your Wi-Fi signal through the house.

How to set up a modem and router

Usually, an installer will set up these devices, but if you’re connecting it yourself, follow these steps. You will need a wireless computer, satellite modem, wireless router and a network cable.

  • Start by plugging a network cable end into the router’s Wide Area Network (WAN) port and the other into the modem’s Local Area Network (LAN) port. The router will act as wireless access to your computer.
  • Follow the instructions that come with the modem/router and install the wireless connection software to your computer.
  • Verify the connection in your settings and enjoy your satellite internet!

Some providers, like HughesNet, makes it easy to connect to the internet. For instance, your HughesNet modem comes with built-in Wi-Fi, so you can connect all your devices and stream from anywhere in your home, no hard wires or self-installation required.

How to connect to Wi-Fi

  • Open an internet browser and change your settings to prevent other users from connecting to your Wi-Fi. That means you should create hard to guess passwords and security names.
  • Next, test the connection throughout your home
  • Finally, connect your devices to the Wi-Fi.

Remember, a home network is way more than just a computer connected to Wi-Fi. Make sure you connect all of your smart devices like your phone, tablet and thermostat. There isn’t a set limit on how many devices you can connect, but your speed will slow down as you add more devices to it.

Optimize your Wi-Fi speeds

  • Make sure your satellite dish is installed at the proper angle and free of obstructions to receive a strong signal for faster speeds.
  • Update the firmware on your devices to ensure the best speed quality.
  • Place your router in a central place where you use the most service.
  • Disconnect non-essential devices to free up space and optimize speed for the necessary ones.

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What you can do with satellite speeds

There are pros and cons to every internet service and you should understand the ones for satellite internet.

It offers fast speeds at broadband levels comparable to DSL internet and the capacity to support multiple devices streaming movies and music and browsing the web.

It can experience weather-related delays, may cost more than cable or DSL service and lack the option to play real-time games.

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