I have a question--I thought satellite internet was for people like me that can NOT get online except for dial-up. But people seem to be posting they can get other ways to get online without having to do dial up phone. We don't have any cell signal for cell phones either. Just curious.
Hi, I would think they are talking about cell phone internet service, which is faster that rural dial-up.
It is basically a cell phone number connected into a modem in your home, and is always on. No hard wired connections except for the power plug. Most of these modems are also wireless "WiFi" transmitters.
Cell phone signals are transmitted on what is called "Line Of Sight". Meaning, if a hill gets between you and the transmitting tower, you will have weak service or maybe non at all. You have most likely seen microwave towers with the round dishes on them pointing in different directions.
Cell phone transmitters look the same, just a different signal. But if you would clime the tower, you could see the next tower several miles away. Like being connected with tight string from tower to tower, as they curved across the landscape.
If you live in a area blocked by the lay of the land that stops the cell phone signal, and there are no phone lines. Then the dish systems are about the only thing left.
The dish transmission's "signal" are coming down from above and are not blocked buy anything, Except rain storms, or solar disturbances.