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Why Pick Fixed Wireless over Satellite Internet?

Reported by: TitusMonti Owned by: eskil
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What is the Difference Between Fixed-Wireless and Satellite Internet?

Perhaps you don't know about Fixed Wireless Internet, it is becoming more common every day. In a nut shell; fixed-wireless gives you robust professional class Internet service to your local by way of radio waves without using cables or telephone lines.

Why is it that many more people don't know about fixed-wireless? In all likelihood it is because it is sometimes mistaken for something called satellite Internet service.

They do share much of the same technologies. For starters, both of them have to have an antenna or satellite dish. Neither of these solutions involve cables or phone lines. That's all they have got in common. Here is a look at the important distinctions.


Most of us know that satellite Internet doesn't do well during winter storms. Because satellites are based in the outer atmosphere, thunder storms located somewhere outside your immediate area may well be seriously affecting your data stream. This type of issue does not exist using fixed wireless product. Fixed-wireless towers are terrestrial-based so their signals have a much reduced range necessitating a close proximity to your location. Furthermore, as the antenna towers are only found underneath most clouds; varying weather conditions generally have no influence on the quality of your service.

A little about latency

One of the biggest differences regarding fixed wireless and satellite is the measure of packet loss, sometimes called lag. This has a big effect on the speed at which information is transmitted across your companies Internet connection. It is crucial to recognize that lower latency should be the aim here. With satellite Internet connections, a signal must move from your dish to the outer atmosphere, then it travels all the way back down from the satellite to the provider_s nodes and finally on to the Internet. Data traveling across these kinds of distance results in latency which always has an adverse effect on your Internet connection. Your fixed wireless signal only has to go to the nearest tower, that is commonly located around five to ten miles away or less. The shorter distance ensures that fixed-wireless Internet has a comparable amount of latency as a land line Internet connection, and will be just as fast. Online gamers aren't the only group worried about data loss - but if you check with anybody who plays Call of Duty or Halo, they will certainly tell you just how packet loss makes all the difference in the world. Many business applications like Skype, cloud computing and VoIP require a low-latency internet connection in order to work smoothly just like gamers depend upon the fast response time of a low latency connection in order to keep from lagging or timing out. Most web-based business applications like Voip calling and Interactive Video would be nearly impossible to perform by using an Internet connection fraught with latency problems.

What are data caps?

Typically any time you sign up for satellite Internet you will be presented a "Fair Access Policy" as well as your legal contract. This important article restricts the quantity of data you could potentially send and receive monthly. Ultimately, the policy goes on to say that a couple of people use the internet more than the rest, which they feel is not fair, and so each client is usually allowed only so much bandwidth per month. Just about all satellite companies provide you with anywhere between 5-20 GB each billing period... even more if you decide to pay more. When you pass your businesses bandwidth cap, the service provider decreases your bandwidth speed significantly, often down to dial up era speeds. This is very impractical for any enterprise that requires constant, reliable online access to stay open. Many small enterprises with two or three users can potentially meet or exceed many of the lower data rules with just a few videos.

Virtually all fixed wireless Internet providers will never apply restrictions on the amount of data you use. This means that you can transfer sizeable files, run a phone system or stream audio and video as much as you need.

Pricing and Contracts

Just like everything else, Internet customers want as much as they can with the least amount of money. Fixed wireless typically costs less plus they never force you to sign long term contracts like most satellite suppliers do.

Satellite might be a lot more well-known, nevertheless fixed wireless is much more reliable, together with low latency, no download limits, and lower cost. It_s a tremendous step up, and a great choice for your business.

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