How many people can use satellite internet on a boat at the same time?

Internet on your yacht. Maybe 20 years ago that would have seemed like a silly proposition. Today though, the need to be connected is greater than ever. Being connected to business and the world in general isn’t a luxury reserved for the Gordon Gekkos of the world. It’s practically a necessity.

VSAT from Signal Connect

That’s the genius of VSAT, the new satellite internet product from Signal Connect. Using a satellite dish no larger than the one you use for satellite TV, VSAT gives you true high speed internet up to 100 miles offshore. It’s the perfect add-on to a luxury yacht, work boat, or cabin cruiser. It’s practically a must-have if you venture more than a few miles offshore. Remember, cell signals don’t go very far, and you’re likely to lose signal quickly as soon as you lose sight of the harbor.

Details, please

VSAT communicates with satellites overhead to give you a clear connection while you’re out on the water. There are a number of different plans. Some have generous data caps, while others let you use as much data as you want but slow the speed down over a certain point. There are plans for those on more modest budgets, of course. There are also monster all-you-can-stream plans for those who really want it all. It’s up to you to decide.

All of this service is provided by Signal Connect. In other words, you’re getting it from us. If there’s an issue you don’t have to go through some overseas call center to get it right. All you have to do is call the rep you know at their direct number. They’ll take care of you. You’re not going to have to try to explain that you’re on a boat. We get it. We speak your language and we’re here for you.

How many users?

This is the best part. Satellite internet has essentially unlimited users. Like home internet, you connect your VSAT system to a router and from there you can make your network as complex as you would like. You can add access points all over your boat — inside and outside — to blanket your vessel with Wi-Fi. You can even provide networking to a smart TV or streaming setup, should you want to enjoy a little entertainment at the end of the day or host a watch party with your closest well-heeled friends.

So, the answer is, you can have unlimited users with satellite internet. Just like home-based internet though, you’re all sharing a single connection. So, the more people who use it, the greater likelihood that things will slow down.

It really depends on what people do online, of course. One person trying to stream 4K is going to affect a lot of other people. But if you’re all just checking emails or social, it would take a lot of traffic for anyone to notice a speed difference.

Find out more!

When you’re ready to upgrade your boat to the latest and greatest internet service, call Signal Connect! Satellite internet is faster and more affordable than ever, but you need to work with the right people. No one does more marine satellite activations than Signal Connect, and we’re the experts. Call us at 888-233-7563 during East Coast business hours and you’ll get connected to a top technician. Once you’re working with someone, they’ll be available to you 24/7.

Here’s the bottom line, folks – you don’t have to be disconnected when you’re on the water. Best of all, you can get the level of service you deserve when you call Signal Connect.

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.