Satellite Internet: One More Good Excuse to Live Off the Grid
Living off the grid isn’t really just for those seriously nursing an animosity for civilization and its consequences. It’s also not exclusive to those who have developed a jaded perception of the Grid – the power grid that brings electricity across the country – and whatever it represents. Making the conscious effort to become less dependent on the grid and becoming more self-sufficient is simply a practical means to survive. Now, with satellite internet, it’s even easier to stay connected even without the usual trappings associated with urban or suburban life.
Why satellite internet works off the grid
Satellite internet (also known as Internet over Satellite or IoS) refers to an internet connection service that relies upon a satellite to transmit data back and forth. It’s a type of connection that is naturally suited for living off-grid for several reasons.
One, satellite internet allows for fast and efficient connectivity. It is quite capable of handling common uses such as sending and receiving e-mails and attached files, downloading and uploading data, quick viewing of websites, chatting, online gaming – basically every good thing that a high speed broadband internet connection has to offer.
Second, satellite internet allows for uninterrupted speeds. Other types of connectivity such as DSL and cable can be slowed down by faulty cabling or increase in the number of users.
Third, off-the-grid locations are generally off-limits in terms of connectivity. The lack of facilities in remote locations can also present a problem. With satellite internet, anyone choosing the back-to-the-land lifestyle can still enjoy efficient communications via the Internet and VoIP.
Currently, satellite internet is the only type of internet connection that can be used efficiently in remote areas, generally where off-the-grid living happens. Since access to the internet is obtained via satellite, anywhere a satellite dish may be placed with an unobstructed line of sight can initiate the use of the service. For majority of the people living off-the-grid, that’s virtually anywhere.
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