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As with any Internet Service Provider, dish networks have both good points and bad points. It is up to the consumer to decide which are the most important to them. Let's look at a few of both.

Strong points:

Dish Network is less expensive than cable or other services. At the same time, it allows for more channels and higher speeds to be accessed. Special packages are available to even drop the cost more.

The Dish Network is also available to people who cannot get cable or DSL services, making it ideal for those who are in areas outside access points for the other providers, with the possible exception of dial up connections, which are more expensive for fewer features..

The dish can be mounted in several different places, normally. This means that it can be in a place that is aesthetically pleasing. There isn't as much reason to clutter the outside of the home with wires and cables that distract from the beauty of the house.

As a company, Dish Network is a name brand commodity and they have a responsive staff most of the time. The customer service is willing to work with people, and though not as quick as they could be, repair people do a great job of keeping the system going. Neither the dish nor the receiver is appreciably different than those of other dish providers, and aren't difficult to hook up.

The materials used for both the dish and the receiver is of good quality, and the company is normally willing to replace anything that is defective, at little or no cost.

Weak points:

One of the biggest weak points to Dish Network is the poor reliability. The dish relies on being able to receive a signal from a satellite. Snow, rain, heavy cloud cover, thunderstorms, and winds can all block the signal. When that happens, the access goes down until the problem goes away. This isn't as much of an issue in places that don't get bad weather, or that get bad weather infrequently, but for other locations it can create havoc.

Imagine working for hours on an email or presentation, only to have it disappear in the middle of transmission due to the forces of nature. This scenario wouldn't be among the favorites for people to encounter.

Naturally, people could and should back up such work, but most people don't, and Dish Network can't do much about it. This would be a local problem and up to the user.

The dish must also be securely mounted. This generally involves drilling holes and securing with bolts. Later, if the dish is removed for some reason, the holes are still there.

The dishes also need to be maintained. Dust, dirt, snow, and things like this will cut the effectiveness of the signal the dish is getting. This will give a corresponding loss of reception for either television or Internet. It usually isn't difficult to clean the dish, but a lot of people don't even think about doing it until they've lost the signal completely.

Note that the above is true of all dish networks. Satellite dishes do have severe drawbacks, but they have great points as well, and it doesn't particularly matter what the actual brand of the network is. The brand is mostly a matter of personal preference.

It is up to the individual consumer to weigh the strong and weak points of Dish Network before selecting it or another means of connection. All forms of ISP connections and companies have both, and the one thing that is important is that we are comfortable with the downside of each, before we select it as our means of getting on the Internet.

Having used Dish Network, DirecTV, and cable for working on the Internet, I choose the latter simply because it is much more reliable than the first two. Still, this area gets a substantial amount of rain and winds a lot of the year. That can't be said of all areas. Use your best judgment, and look at the options before selecting one or another.

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