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2. General Information

Wireless broadband is a technology where your connection to the Internet is made by a radio link to one of your WISP's antennas. This allows WISP's to do some pretty amazing things. First, we aren't limited by cables like DSL or Cable Broadband, our connection to you passes through the air. Since WISP's aren't trying to make older technology (like television cable) work for data, we can achieve incredible speeds both from the network to you, and from you out. Wireless Broadband is an always-on connection capable of providing simultaneous mixed media (phone, fax, Internet) over the same connection with speeds that are substantially greater than a typical dial-up connection.

Submitted by Superdog1

by Red Baron See Profile
last modified: 2004-01-25 09:39:36

No! If Your wireless service is setup correctly, it will be as reliable as any other broadband connection and much more reliable than satellite.

Submitted by Superdog1

by Red Baron See Profile
last modified: 2004-01-25 09:40:53

No! Wireless and satellite are two different types of service. Satellites are 22,300 miles above the earth while the access point you would connect to is at most a few miles away.

Submitted by Superdog1

by Red Baron See Profile
last modified: 2004-01-25 09:41:16

For the most part, yes! As with any ISP, Your service may vary but wireless normally has the same latency as DSL or cable.

Submitted by Superdog1

Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • with my wisp i can't play world of warcraft or any online games or use a internet phone or eben watch netflix the lag is to bad.tryed to play wow for a year with lag running between 2k-7k on a good day the wisp is unstable stay away

    2012-03-06 00:11:03 (lightfighter See Profile)



by Red Baron See Profile
last modified: 2004-01-25 09:41:35

No! Your connection works independent of any phone system and most WISP's are an "always on" service.

Submitted by Superdog1

by Red Baron See Profile
last modified: 2004-01-25 09:41:54

Radio frequency transmissions are a form of electromagnetic signal that can pass through the air, walls, and for short distances, even you! The signal power for most equipment is significantly lower than a normal cellular or cordless phone.

Submitted by Superdog1

by Red Baron See Profile
last modified: 2004-01-25 09:42:13

In most cases, users are too far away from the base antenna to be able to receive a signal via a laptop card. Most WISP's can provide you with an inexpensive wireless access point and laptop cards you can use to connect to your broadband equipment via a router, hub or switch if their terms of service will allow it.

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by Red Baron See Profile
last modified: 2004-01-25 09:42:34

What you are looking for is known as a wireless hotspot.

Some websites with WiFi hotspot listings:

/faq/7611

by seagreen See Profile
last modified: 2005-07-05 11:51:45

In most cases, Your WISP's installers will mount a small pizza box-type antenna/radio on your roof, on an exterior wall, or within your attic, and run the antenna cable inside your home. This cable connects to a subscriber unit, which is then plugged into your computer or network via an Ethernet network cable or Ethernet network cable and network hub. Alternately, a USB adapter may be used depending on the WISP. An average install takes from one to two hours.

In remote locations from the tower, your provider may need to use higher gain equipment than the norm to achieve adequate signal for the system to work properly.

Submitted by Superdog1

by Red Baron See Profile
last modified: 2004-01-25 09:43:33

Two popular sites to locate a WISP for your locale are the Wireless Broadband Exchange Magazine at »www.bbwexchange.com/wisps/index.asp and The WISP Directory at »www.wispdirectory.com/

by Red Baron See Profile

Right here: /forum/remark,8713484~mode=flat

and this one:
/forum/remark,13519604

by seagreen See Profile
last modified: 2005-07-05 11:54:08