Satellite Basics2019-03-07T10:52:13-07:00

Satellite 101

Learn more about the technology that will connect the world

Satellite communications technology has come a long way in just a few decades. To help you obtain a better understanding of the history, advances and future of this technology, we’ve compiled a series of short articles to help explain it all.

Satellite internet latency: What’s the big deal?

One thing a lot of people ask about with Viasat satellite internet service is something called “latency.” If you’ve researched what satellite internet service is like, you may have run across this term and wondered what it’s all about. Latency is sometimes identified as one of satellite internet’s biggest drawbacks, so what’s the deal here? Here’s the super-condensed story: Unless you’re doing some types of online gaming or using “VPN” work-from-home software, satellite latency is not a big deal for [...]

Sep 6, 2017|

How the Viasat ground system connects earth and sky

When people think of satellite internet, their minds usually turn skyward. But it takes a lot more to provide the Exede service than just satellites. Without the ground network, a satellite would be merely an expensive piece of space hardware. The ground network accepts signals from the satellite, and manages traffic to and from the internet. Most of this happens out of sight from a satellite internet subscriber. But if you see a big, white antenna like the one pictured [...]

May 23, 2017|