How fast is satellite internet?
Download speeds for Viasat satellite internet range from 12 Mbps to 100 Mbps, depending on the plan you choose. HughesNet plans all offer the same download speed of 25 Mbps. But keep in mind those are advertised speeds. The speeds you actually experience may be slower. Starlink speeds (as reported during the public beta test) range from 50 to 150 Mbps, so it’s faster than average.
Is satellite internet fast?
No, satellite internet is not the fastest type of internet, although it can be faster than dial-up and some DSL providers. But, it’s fast enough for most online activities— satellite internet service can support email, streaming, social media, and video conferencing.
Satellite internet is almost always slower than cable or fiber internet providers and—perhaps most importantly—satellite service usually caps the amount of full speed data you can get each month, which leads to throttling and sluggish speeds.
When will Starlink satellite internet be available?
Currently undergoing a public beta test, Starlink is now available to customers who live in North America in a narrow strip of land between the latitudes of 45 and 53 degree north. So, the Wyoming/Montana border is the southern limit of the current coverage area and Edmonton, Alberta is the farthest north. As their satellite system is built out, the Starlink coverage map will expand. You can sign up on Starlink’s website and get a notification when Starlink internet is available in your area.
Who has the fastest satellite internet?
In many areas, Viasat offers download speeds up to 100 Mbps. Beta testers of Starlink report slightly higher speeds for the new LEO service, with download speeds reaching up to 150 Mbps, although speeds vary widely since the Starlink constellation isn’t fully built out yet. Starlink’s advertised speeds are 50 to 150 Mbps.
Is satellite internet as fast as cable internet?
No, satellite internet is not as fast as cable internet. Satellite speeds top out at 150 Mbps while cable speeds can reach up to 1,000 Mbps. Some satellite internet plans technically offer download speeds as fast as cable internet in some areas, but it likely wouldn’t seem faster because of satellite internet’s higher latency.
Is satellite internet good enough for streaming (e.g., Netflix)?
Yes, you can stream with satellite internet, but there are a lot of factors to consider before you do—especially data caps. With satellite internet, you’ll be picking a data plan as well as a speed, and your data plan can make a big difference in your speed. If you use too much data, your speeds will be slowed for the rest of the month, which can impact the ability to stream video.
Since streaming can be tricky on satellite, we wrote two guides to help you get the most out of your internet connection: Your Guide to Streaming with Satellite Internet and How to Stop Buffering When Streaming with Satellite Internet.