Creating a new, or expanding an existing network to include satellite is fairly straight forward, but never the same for any organization. Our sales engineers are here to help answer questions as well as create different quotes to compare your satellite networking options.
Satellite Networking Options
Our standard shared service to the Internet uses a Star Topology TDM/MF-TDMA iDirect optimized network. Our standard services are global and have contention ratios below 20:1.
Ground Control’s Single Channel Per Carrier (SCPC) service offers a true unshared dedicated channel of up to 20 Mbps download by 7 Mbps upload. This service provides full speed connectivity at all times with absolutely no restrictions. More information on dedicated networks.
A popular networking option that can cut the costs of an expensive high-speed dedicated SCPC channel is to combine a high-speed low-cost shared service (for normal Internet traffic), with a low-speed dedicated SCPC unshared channel for high-security data. Here’s more information on hybrid networking.
A Leased-Line is an open unshared terrestrial channel between our satellite teleport and your organization’s primary network that does not touch the public network. A Leased-Line can be used for dedicated SCPC service, standard shared Internet service, or hybrid service. Clients often use a Leased-Line for increased security, as well as improve reliability and performance since the channel is open with no restrictions. A leased-line cost is dependent on many factors, but a high-cost would be $1000 per month to most locations in the U.S. for a 1.5 Mbps line. MPLS routing is also available.
A Point-to-Point network consists of a satellite dish at one location connecting with a satellite dish (or dishes) at other locations that communicate through our satellite teleport. This topology avoids any terrestrial link costs (such as a leased-line from an organization’s network to our teleport) making it viable low-cost private satellite network. While Point-to-Point avoids touching the public network, it will double the latency because data is required to travel twice to the orbiting satellite (i.e., Point 1 to satellite to NOC Teleport to satellite to point 2… as opposed to Point 1 to satellite to NOC Teleport to Point 2. Some satellites do have the ability to perform routing in space independent of the NOC, in which case, the latency would not be doubled).
Many organizations choose to run a VPN over our standard shared iDirect service. However, not all VPN equipment will work well with the inherent latency of satellite, and we recommend speaking with our sales engineers to determine your VPN compatibility over satellite. Ground Control’s network does have very low latency (500 to 650 milliseconds), and the bit error rate is better than 10-9, which is defined as a clear channel.
Many of our clients employ VPN’s or specialty applications running on their hardware co-located at our several teleports throughout the world. Locating a VPN at the teleport can increase performance since VPN traffic does not travel over the satellite leg portion of the link. All of our co-location facilities are hardened, environmentally controlled, and fully protected against fires and other disasters.
From any connected browser, track usage of all owned VSAT equipment in the field with detailed reports on status, bandwidth usage, modem settings, current activity, current mapped location, communication errors, connection quality graph, power level graph, usage, signal quality, and many other items. This service is offered at no charge for Ground Control subscribers.