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About Satellite Internet
What is satellite broadband?
Satellite broadband provides a way of connecting to the internet without the need for a traditional wired connection. Instead of connecting to the internet via cables that run from an exchange into your house, satellite broadband allows you to connect to the internet using a satellite dish installed on your house that transmits and receives information to and from our satellite in space.
What equipment do I need to connect to satellite internet?
We provide all the equipment you need to receive Konnect satellite broadband. This includes the satellite dish, the transceiver, the modem and cabling.
The satellite dish
In most cases the dish will be positioned on an outside wall of your house. The standard dish is 74 cm in diameter and needs a clear view of the southern sky.
The transceiver faces into the dish to pick up the signal.
The modem is a small electronic box, as in traditional broadband. Our installer will run a cable from the dish into your house to connect to the modem. You can then connect your devices to the Internet directly to the modem using an ethernet cable or wirelessly using the integrated WiFi.
What is latency?
Latency affects all types of internet connection. It is the time taken from when you request data to when you receive it. If you are using superfast fibre networks the latency will be so short you won't notice it. With satellite broadband, latency is longer. That’s because the signal has to go up into space and then back down again. What that means is that web pages might take a little longer to load at first, or a streaming service like Netflix might take longer to start. Certain apps on your phone in particular banking apps might seem a little slower starting up than you are used to. However, this doesn’t mean the internet service is ‘slow’, it just reflects how the internet is delivered to your home via our satellite in space so once you are browsing or streaming there is no difference
The average latency in satellite communications is around 600 milliseconds. You shouldn't notice this when browsing, streaming video or listening to music. But it is noticeable when you need fast two-way communications. For example, you may well experience a lag when video conferencing on a tool such as Teams or Zoom. This lag will be too great for some types of online games. Read more in our detailed overview of latency with satellite Internet.
Can I use satellite internet for online gaming?
If you are an avid gamer, especially if you play fast-paced, multiplayer games like Fortnight or Call of Duty, you’ll notice the higher latency. Your character might not move when you move the controller and you’ll be beaten by players with lower latency as even if you push the button first, there will be a short lag on your side. That's why we don't recommend satellite broadband for gaming.
Where will the satellite dish be installed?
Our installers will advise on the best location to install the satellite dish, but if you would like to get an idea of where on your property this might be, you can download our app. You can download the Konnect Install App from the App Store or Google Play. Once you have it, simply grant location access and permission to use your camera, this will allow you to see the location of our satellite in your surroundings and highlight where the dish would be best placed. It's important that the Konnect equipment has a clear line of sight to the satellite. All this means, is that there should be no tall trees or other buildings between the equipment and the sky. If you are unsure about the installation, don't hesitate to get in touch with our satellite specialists on 01869 722 460 from UK (cost of a local call) who can walk you through the process to get connected.
Can I use satellite internet for my camper van or take it with me to my summer house?
The Konnect equipment needs to be installed in a fixed location and pointed towards our satellite in space. This means it cannot be moved. The dish does not automatically orient itself towards the satellite in space and it is not designed to provide satellite communications on the move. You also can't use it outside of the country for which it was purchased.
What download and upload speeds can I expect?
Nowadays, satellite internet offers download speeds of up to 100 Mbps (average of 75 Mbps) with our best packages.
Konnect offers up to an average of 3 Mbps when uploading. These speeds vary depending on the package you choose. All our packages let you use the Internet for anything you want: online browsing, sending emails, social media, streaming music and videos, etc.
Speeds may vary and depend on various factors. If a large number of people are using the network, your browsing speed may be affected.
If you notice that you need more priority speed Internet every month, you can switch to a higher subscription package by contacting your konnect customer service team.
Are there any limits on my data usage?
All our packages come with unlimited usage. That means you cannot run out of data. Each package also includes a set amount of priority data where your speeds will be highest. This is 20GB for konnect Easy, 60GB for konnect Zen and 120GB for konnect Max. To experience the fastest speeds, it's important you choose a package with enough priority data to cover your needs. Any data used between 1 am and 6 am won't be counted so you can schedule major downloads and updates overnight.
How is the equipment installed?
When we receive your subscription, our installation partner will contact you to arrange an installation date. The installer will set up your equipment: they will install the dish, start up the modem and check that your Internet service is working properly. For more details, see our question in the 'about satellite internet' section above.
Can I install my equipment myself?
Installing konnect equipment can be rather complex depending on where you live. The cable must be good quality and the antenna correctly positioned to optimise the signal and ensure you get the highest-quality service. That's why a professional installer contacts you after your subscription to carry out your installation.
Can I use a VPN with satellite internet?
Using satellite internet will not stop you connecting to a VPN, but there are some things to check. First, you need to find out if your VPN is an IPSec type of VPN or not. If it is, this may require a static IP address, which can be added as an option, at £5 per month to any of our plans.
You should also note that with certain VPN connections, information is encrypted, and so we can’t apply packet acceleration technology. This is a technology we use to help data efficiently travel the distance between your system and our satellite. If your VPN encrypts information, you might experience performance problems, or the system may not be able to run. If you're unsure what type of VPN you have or what encryption is used, just give us a call and we can advise on whether the connection might be suitable or not.
Becoming a customer
How long will I be tied in for?
We are sure that you will be happy with the service, but if not, you have the right to withdraw from the service up to 60 days after your package has been installed and activated.
Konnect packages include an 11-month commitment, plus pro rata of activation month. After this period, the subscription is renewed monthly, which makes it easy for you to end the contract if your situation changes.
Can I change to a different package?
If you want to change package, you can! Just contact your konnect customer service team and an adviser will be happy to help you and inform you of any conditions associated with these changes.
How can I change my mind after signing up for a konnect package?
You can cancel your order anytime before your equipment is installed and activated. Simply call your konnect customer service team or get in touch via your My konnect Customer Portal.
Once installed and activated, if you have purchased your subscription online or over the phone, you have the right to change your mind and request a withdrawal.
This consumer right extends up to fourteen (14) days from when the services included in your satellite broadband package are activated.
In addition to the foregoing, under the current “60-Day No Commitment Promise” applicable to any first subscription made between May 1st, 2021, and January 31, 2022, you have the possibility to terminate your contract without paying the termination fee for a period up to sixty (60) calendar days following the Activation of the service. Your Activation fee will be refunded but you will not be refunded any non-standard installation costs if they apply.
In any case, you will need to return the Wi-Fi Modem (accompanied by the cables and power supply) within a period of thirty (30) days since the communication of the withdrawal/termination. Failure to do so will result in an invoice.
To exercise your right to withdraw, just fill in the downloadable form available here and return it, within the period of fourteen (14) days, to the following address: Eutelsat S.A. – konnect Service Management Client – 32, Boulevard Gallieni - 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux – France for all countries except for installations in Spain, for which you should send it to the following address : Europasat Ibérica SL - Servicio de Gestión de Clientes konnect - Paseo de la Florida nº 16 – 1ºE - 28008 – Madrid España
You can also send a written request to the same address (but please note that in order to allow us to process your request, it must contain the same information as the form, i.e. your full name, installation address, the name of the package, the activation date of your package and, preferably, the reason for your change of mind).
In addition, you can also send your withdrawal request from your My konnect customer portal.
When will my package be activated?
Once the subscription has been confirmed, we will arrange an installation appointment with you. The Internet package will be activated as soon as the installer has entered the -Activation Key- . This finalises activation of the konnect box (installation generally takes place about four weeks after subscription).
How do I buy or add an option to my subscription?
It's easy to add an option to your subscription! Contact your konnect customer service team.
Which options do konnect offer?
The offers available with your konnect package are listed on konnect.com, once you select a package. New customers can purchase an option at the same time as subscribing to a package. Existing customers can add options to their subscriptions by calling the konnect customer service team.
When will my option be activated?
If the option is purchased with an internet package, it will be activated at the same time as the internet package. If the option is purchased at a later date, it will be activated immediately (or just a few minutes) after purchase.
What are the terms and conditions when purchasing a konnect product?
View the Contractual Conditions within the "Shop with confidence" section on the konnect.com website. If you sign up to a konnect package you will receive a copy of the Contractual Conditions attached to the Contract which you will need to sign and return to us.
Can I refer my friends and family? If so, how?
You will be able to refer your friends and family very soon; the konnect team is working on it. But if you subscribe and you like the service, please feel free to let everyone know!
How can I monitor my data usage?
Customers of konnect can monitor their data usage in the My konnect customer portal.
Konnect & the Internet
How can I protect myself from online threats?
The Internet is a tool that is open to the entire world, and it can serve as a vehicle for many different kinds of threats to your IT equipment, the security of your personal data and your private life. We recommend that our customers find out about potential threats and obtain protection (anti-virus software, etc.).
How do I manage parental control?
Internet access opens up the world and provides many opportunities. However, children may access information that could be offensive, and they could come into contact with people with malicious intent. We recommend that our customers find out about these threats and use a parental control tool to protect their children from potential danger. To assist you with this we have listed some of these tools in the Standard Information Sheet provided on konnect.com.