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How does VSAT work?

Learn about Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs) and how they can be a viable wireless networking alternative to DSL.

I'd like to consider using VSAT with my customers. How does it work?
VSAT stands for Very Small Aperture Terminal, but you probably know it as mini-dish satellite communications. These have been very popular, of course, for satellite TV operations, but they can also be used in two-way data applications as well. They can be very cost effective, especially when the only alternative is dial-up (or when there is no other alternative at all).

To use a VSAT, you'll need an unobstructed view of the southern sky -- the farther north you are, the lower you'll have to aim. Otherwise, though, you can expect throughput of a few hundred KBps -- not really that different from DSL, and just as easy to interface.

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