Re: What is your speed, service price, and location and ISP?
Company: KTC/PACE (»www.ktcpace.com) Location: Kaplan, Louisiana Service: 3G Wireless Mobile Broadband Equipment: Option iCon 452 USB modem Price: $49/mo. with a minimum $35/mo. cellular voice plan or $69/mo. without a cellular voice plan, unlimited data transfer. Advertised Speed: ?/? - Recently upgraded to 3G from EDGE.
I actually pay for service through Comcast but the Wimax network is actually provided by Clear (3G is Sprint's network, I think). It costs me an extra $40 on top of my HSI Cable internet at home... total bill is about $90 (as long as I call in every 6 months or so to get my discounts back).
Adapter: U301 4G/3G CINR: 20 dBm: -65
I hugely improved my ping and bandwidth by making myself a cantenna and pointing it at the nearest tower (cut can in half... cut slot for dongle in middle of can... insert dongle *snicker*... pretty easy and if you have one of those coffee cans that are cardboard with foil layers it is super easy to cut up). My signal strength went from 40% to 100% and my ping went from ~250 to 100... my download bandwidth varies from 3 to 7mbs.
ISP: »www.web-pass.com (San Francisco, CA) Cost: $45/mo Advertised Speed: 100/100mb Equipment: SAF Tehnika CFIP-106 24ghz, building shared Notes: Service area only in Downtown San Francisco and 2 East Bay cities. Radio is 24ghz, not 2.4ghz.
Actual speed (Linksys WRT110 had to be removed to get actual speed):
RioPlex Wireless service price $100.00 with static IP McAllen, Texas advertised speed 2.4kbs down 1.5kbs up real speeds 2.4kbs down upload varies wildly from 120kbs to 1.2kbs when things are good. Which things are not now...
Claims to be upgrading their towers in my area to improve service quality.
This is with AT&T 4G service, no antenna, and using windows ICS and two Linksys access points for wifi coverage throughout the house. Price: 50/mon, 5GB cap, $10/GB over. The Sierra U313 aircard cost $49.95 after the $50 mail-in rebate. Excellent device.
We are in the mountains of Puerto Rico and there is no DSL nor cable internet. Our options are Hughes (see my review of them) or WISP via mobile broadband. We used to have Millenicom/Sprint but the service got so slow it was hard to use.
-- Sierra 313U/AT&T 4G shared on dedicated laptop host, 2 LinkSys WiFi a/p, 4 XPPro units, FireFox everywhere.
I'm in Canada. Like many rural areas of this country, we can get a 1500Mb/s basic package. I had that for some years and I got just about exactly that, both up and down, but up tends to be a bit faster. That's just under $40 per month including taxes. The thing is, that is what speed tests indicate but that number is not of any practical use to me.
File transfers and HTTP server access is still much slower than what the service plan is called. I don't care what speed tests indicate or what the peaks are. Those numbers have no meaning or relationship to my actual experience.
I recently switched to a 2500Mb/s package for an extra ten bucks per month. For YouTube and torrents it does peak to that, and even higher, but for browsing and regular file transfers like FTP, it's still down in the 1500 or (generally much) less range. There's obviously a lot of packet shaping and buffer bloat. I think that is the sad state of the industry these days. Otherwise I do like my little small-town ISP. You can compare your own, to mine here: »nethop.net/wireless.php