DSL vs. Satellite

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Do satellite Internet and DSL Internet service have anything in common? Let’s take a look at a few categories to see if we can spot any similarities between these two Internet technologies.


DSL vs. satellite: Internet speeds

DSL and satellite are actually comparable in speed – if you take into consideration new satellite technology. Both DSL speeds and satellite speeds can reach upward of 10 and even 15Mbps – that’s not far off from cable download speeds.

Satellite. One drawback of satellite Internet is that it often comes with data caps.

DSL. DSL speeds can vary depending on your location.


DSL vs. satellite: Coverage zone

Coverage is the main different between satellite and DSL Internet service.

Satellite. A satellite Internet connection is available nearly everywhere in the continental United States. It’s not hard to see why: a satellite connection doesn’t rely on an underground network.

Just like satellite TV, a satellite Internet connection only relies on communication through the air – not through wires or cables underground.

DSL. On the other hand, a high-speed DSL connection does rely on landline technology. That makes it not as widely available as satellite. But, it actually has a bigger service area than other Internet services like cable and fiber.


DSL vs. Satellite: Price

Like most Internet providers, DSL Internet service and satellite Internet have different packages and plans to choose from.

The faster plans cost more, but are worth it if you work from home, have a lot of people getting online in the same home or if you are online a lot throughout the day.

Plans with slower download speeds are the most affordable. If you aren’t online a lot, prefer to not watch videos and movies, then a DSL or satellite plan with slower speeds might be a better option.