Wireless Broadband FAQs
What is wireless broadband service?
A broadband feed delivered to your home or workplace over a ground-based antenna system or via satellite signal.
Why would I be interested in wireless broadband?
It's a third option if your local cable TV company won't be rolling out cable modem service in your neighbourhood for some time. Or you may too far -- more than three miles or so -- from a telephone company central office to get a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) broadband link. Or you may live or work in the middle of nowhere where your chances of running into Howard Hughes are better than getting a broadband connection via wire.
kind of benefits would I get from wireless broadband service?
How many kinds of wireless broadband service are there?
Today, there are two major technologies: fixed wireless and satellite.
How does fixed-wireless service work?
It gets its name from the
fact that its signals are delivered from stationary, or "fixed," antennas and
towers to antennas mounted on buildings, homes and other structures. The systems use
microwave radio frequencies to deliver Internet-access speeds of up to 1.5 megabits per
second (mbps) compared to the 56 kilobits per second (kbps) that a dial-up modem offer.
How many kinds of fixed-wireless service are there?
one is best for me?
MMDS service is dependable, and it can support e-mail, newsgroups and Web hosting. Its service providers mostly target residential users, including telecommuters. LMDS is more powerful and can support more services, such as video conferencing, Internet Protocol (IP) telephony and interactive TV. That makes it a better fit for businesses with medium to heavy broadband needs.
Who sells fixed-wireless service?
WorldCom, Sprint, WinStar, NextLink and Teligent, among others.
much does fixed-wireless service cost?
Sprint Broadband Direct
charges $99 for equipment and $39.95 a month for residential service. NextLink, WinStar,
Advanced Radio Telecom Corp. and Teligent, which mostly serve businesses, typically charge
about $300 for equipment and installation. Monthly charges run from $89.95 to $699
depending on the service's speed.
it difficult to install a fixed-wireless broadband connection?
No. It requires only a
pizza-box-size antenna attached to the roof or side of your household or workplace; a
modem next to your computer; and a cable and Ethernet card to attach them all.
drawbacks does fixed wireless suffer from?
does satellite-delivered broadband service work?
You could call satellite-delivered service Internet access from outer space. Satellites beam their signals to an antenna the size of a large pizza pan mounted on the side or roof of your household or business. That dish is connected to your computer by two cables and a special card -- a link that can download information at the rate of 400 kbps.
How many kinds of broadband satellite service are there?
How much does DBS broadband service cost?
The software, antenna, cables and other items for DirecTv's DirecPC service will cost about $300 if you install them yourself. If you have someone else do it, add $250. Then, you'll pay $29.99 a month for service. EchoStar delivers broadband access through Microsoft's WebTV service. Its hardware costs from $99 to $250; monthly service starts at $21.95.
What drawbacks are there with satellite-delivered broadband service?
What does the future hold for wireless broadband service?
Wireless broadband systems are expected to get more powerful -- and less expensive -- as the technology advances and more service providers enter the market. In the next few years, you may see more use of laser beams, for example. This so-called "infrared broadband" service can deliver Internet-access speeds two or three times faster than today's speediest connections.
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