How can I increase my satellite internet speed?
Satellite internet service can’t deliver the lightning fast connection speeds of fiber or cable internet, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to put up with a sluggish connection. If your internet package is fast enough to support moderate video streaming (with a download speed of 15 Mbps or faster), then you should be able to watch Netflix or YouTube occasionally without buffering.
Unusually slow satellite internet is caused by a few common issues. Try these troubleshooting tips to get better Wi-Fi speeds and faster streaming on your satellite connection.
Pare down the number of devices
The most common cause for a slow satellite internet connection and slow internet generally is having too many devices connected to the internet hogging too much data.
Satellite internet connections are not robust enough to support use on multiple devices, especially if video streaming is involved. And anytime your connection starts slowing, the best way to speed it up is to turn off other devices.
If you’re checking social media on your phone while watching the news on Roku TV, and your partner is watching Psych reruns in the kitchen at the same time, then your internet connection will slow down—especially if you have 25 Mbps speeds or slower. You’ll see the buffering symbol a lot and the stops and starts can get bad enough that dialogue will be impossible to understand. When using satellite internet, try to use one screen at a time. Getting cable or satellite TV might be a good option also.
Cable TV isn’t available in rural areas, but it’s the most affordable TV choice. If your home isn’t connected to a cable network, opt for satellite TV. To save a lot of data usage, you can get satellite TV service with DISH, OrbyTV, or DIRECTV. Satellite TV plans start at around $40 per month.
Monitor your data usage
Another common cause for slow satellite internet speeds is reaching your data cap before the end of the month. Most satellite internet plans offer a limited amount of full-speed data each month. Once you reach your monthly data cap, your internet provider will slow down your internet connection.
If you max out your data allotment before the end of the month and you are stuck with slow internet speeds, you can fix this issue by paying for additional data. Alternately, you can just wait until the first of the month, when the data allotment will reset.
If you frequently run out of data, consider upgrading your plan to more data or carefully budgeting your data each month. You can also consider switching to a different provider. You might have other providers available in your area that don’t have data caps. Fixed-wireless, cable, and DSL internet companies offer plans with more data than satellite internet.
Cable and DSL often offers unlimited data—which can save a lot of hassle. It pays to get to know the best rural internet options in your area. You can find out which providers cover your area by typing your address below.