Radius Broadband Services

By: Radius Broadband  09-12-2011
Keywords: satellite

Dial-up has speeds ranging from 14.4 to 56Kbps depending on the quality of copper phone lines in the ground and the modems on both sides of the connection.  Dial-up also ties up your phone line.

Radius Broadband can offer download speeds well over 10000Kbps and beyond (typical residential customers receive 1500Kbps).  The connection is always on so you will not need to reestablish your connection each time you want to use it and it does not require phone or Cable service. 

Radius Broadband offers similar speeds as Cable Modems and DSL, but does not utilize the cable and telephone infrastructure so we have the ability to provide Internet service in a variety of locations including areas Cable and DSL are not available.

  • Speed Broadband satellite speeds (both upload and download) are restricted for many reasons.  First, there is limited bandwidth between the satellite provider's base station and the geo-synchronous satellite, so they must restrict their customer's bandwidth.  Second, they have a very high degree of latency (see #2 listed below).  This latency causes significant issues with the majority of Internet traffic because more than 90% of Internet traffic uses Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) which relies on sending one piece of data and waiting to get a response saying that piece has arrived, then sending another piece of data and so on.  TCP communications were never designed for the latency satellite inherently provides.

Radius Broadband does not have these significant bandwidth restrictions so providing a high quality, high bandwidth communication link is not an issue.

  • Latency Because the satellite is 22,500 miles from the earth in geo-synchronous orbit, the path for each connection/packet of information is, from your computer to the satellite dish, from the satellite dish to the satellite (22,500 miles away), then back to the satellite provider's base station, then out to the destination on the Internet.  This is only half of the trip; the response still has to come back to your computer.  This means the connection/packets travel 45,000 miles before they get to the Internet; 90,000 miles round trip without even calculating how far they go on the Internet. You can expect this round trip time to be between 4000 and 6000 milliseconds (4 to 6 seconds).  This might not seem like a very long time, but when you consider a simple webpage opens about 10 connections and a complex webpage opens more than 50 connections this definitely starts to add up because each connection needs to make this round trip.  In general "broadband" satellite is marginally tolerable if you keep your expectations very low.  Below is a visual representation depicting Satellite Internet:

Additionally, if you have a real time access needs such as Voice over IP (VoIP), streaming video, online games, etc the latency "broadband" satellite innately introduce will make these systems completely unusable.  Satellite systems will make systems such as Vonyage, Packet8 or any of the other VoIP systems or playing any online computer based games or online console games (Xbox, Play Station, Nintendo, etc) virtually useless.

However, Radius Broadband customers routinely utilize VoIP and online games.

  • Reliability If you have satellite TV and the weather is stormy, you know satellite reliability is not very good.  Satellite TV only receives signal from the geo-synchronous satellite; "broadband" satellite sends and receives information.  This doubles the potential reliability problems.  The large majority of people using satellite as their Internet connection state they loose signal even during slight rain or cloudy days.  Again this is due to the extreme distance (22,500 Miles) of the communication link.

In contrast, Radius Broadband utilizes towers which generally create a communication link of 10 miles or less.  Normal weather (Clouds, rain, snow, etc.) have no impact on our system.

  • Cost Not only is the satellite equipment and install costly, monthly service rates are high as well.

Radius Broadband has reasonable install fees and service rates which are affordable as well.

  • Support Currently Hughes Net/Direcway, WildBlue and virtually every other major "broadband" satellite provider outsource support to call centers in India and other countries where English is a second or third language.

Radius Broadband utilizes staff which are knowledgeable about the technology and are familiar with the area.  Because of this, we can provide the highest level of support.

  • Satellite requires substantially larger equipment "Broadband" Satellite dishes are much larger than dishes used for satellite TV.  Because these dishes are larger and have a higher wind load, they require a more robust mount.  This means the mounting locations are very limited. Our equipment is smaller and has substantially more mounting locations so it can be more easily concealed.

When you consider all the factors involved, "broadband" satellite should be considered only as a last resort.

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Keywords: satellite