What does SpeedNet do?
It helps you browse popular websites faster when on a satellite Internet connection that’s powered by EMC. Because satellites orbit as high as 23,000 miles above Earth, all those bits and bytes from the interwebs take some time to get to you. SpeedNet works automagically behind the scenes to shorten that trip and make Web browsing feel more like it does at home and work.
Is SpeedNet a Web browser?
No, it’s a service that runs in the background of your browser, loading Web pages faster over satellite. Because there is some actual rocket science involved, we’ll spare you all the technical details.
What browsers does it support?
It supports desktop and mobile browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and Edge.
What operating systems does SpeedNet work with?
SpeedNet works with Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android operating systems (support for Android 6 users is coming soon).
How do I use SpeedNet?
Mobile Devices (iOS and Android)
After installing the app, open it to activate. Then just open your browser and SpeedNet will work in the background. You only have to activate it once. Whenever you’re on a satellite network powered by EMC, the app will detect it and start accelerating browsing performance automatically.
Download the SpeedNet Windows installer, then follow the automatic prompts. In the final pop-up window, check “Enable SpeedNet,” then open your browser and start surfing away.
On my Android phone, why do I have to set a PIN or use the system lock screen?
This is an Android requirement to keep your phone secure. The Android OS requires a lock screen for SpeedNet to work properly.
How do I know if SpeedNet is running?
On Windows PCs, you’ll see the blue app icon in the taskbar down by your clock. On mobile devices, the only “notification” you’ll get is the feeling of faster Web browsing.
Do I have to turn SpeedNet on and off?
No, you set it and forget it. On initial setup, the app associates itself with the Wi-Fi network that’s getting Internet from EMC satellites. When you leave that network, SpeedNet simply stops running and kicks back up when you return to it. So if you’re on a cruise, for example, SpeedNet runs out at sea and shuts off when you switch to a land-based network back in port.
Which websites will SpeedNet load faster?
Like Google, SpeedNet has many complex algorithms that continuously crunch data and rank websites. In SpeedNet’s case, it ranks sites by popularity on EMC’s global network. Then it optimizes them for remote access, such as from cruise ships, oil rigs, desert camps and yachts. News and sports sites tend to consistently rank high, so odds are that almost any site you access will load faster with SpeedNet.
Will SpeedNet help stream movies and music better?
Because Web browsers process streaming content differently from text, pictures and other “HTML” objects, SpeedNet does not directly impact streaming performance.
Does SpeedNet keep any of my personal data?
No, we respect your privacy and do not ask for or retain any personally identifiable information. You don’t have to enter your name, email address or phone number to use SpeedNet. To continuously boost browsing speeds over satellite, we track and analyze all SpeedNet users’ browsing behavior as a whole, across our entire global network and in an anonymous way. None of this data can be linked to you or your personal information.
What does the message “the network may be monitored” mean?
This is a system message prompted by how SpeedNet works. SpeedNet does not monitor any of your personal data, and no browsing activity can be linked to your device.
What about when I go to a banking site?
SpeedNet is disabled for over 14,000 financial sites. You can still browse to any site where you manage banking or investment accounts, but SpeedNet is automatically disabled and will not make them load any faster.