How to Get High-Speed Internet in Merlin, Ontario
How do I get high-speed internet near me? If you're in Merlin Ontario, getting high-speed internet might seem like a dream especially outside of the main roads.
But...fast internet is possible!
There are multiple ways that you can get high-speed internet in Merlin, Ontario - WaveDirect proudly offers fibre, cable and fixed wireless broadband Internet with speeds up above 50 Mbps, depending on your address.
Canada is ranked 13th in the world for internet speed, but there's no excuse for the lack of broadband coverage in rural areas.
Millions are being invested in the Essex and Merlin region to bring high speed Internet to the country and other rural communities. WaveDirect proudly brought fibre into sections of Kingsville, Ontario, as an example, and is expanding into more and more regions of Essex and surrounding regions.
So how can you get reliable rural high-speed internet?
Dongles and Satellite Internet: Not a Viable Option
If you're a Merlin home or business owner, you've probably searched high and low for ways to get high-speed internet in rural areas. When you've been searching, you might have been presented with the options of 4G rocket stick dongles and satellite internet options. These do offer high-speed internet but have significant disadvantages.
Let's take a look.
What's wrong with dongles?
What are 4G or 5G dongles?
These connect to mobile networks and then let your computer or smart devices connect to the internet through a USB stick or Mobile Hotspot. Yet these are far from a perfect solution.
For a start, 4G coverage in rural areas of Merlin is hit and miss, which means that you would not get high-speed internet through a dongle if you live in an isolated area. Depending on where you are in Essex, you'll find one bar of connectivity and often less.
Dongles can often come with restrictive data caps, too. If you were going to watch Netflix via a 4G dongle, you would hit that data cap in no time. After you've exhausted your allotted data, you could rack up serious bills if you continue using the internet.
There's also the fact that you generally can only use a dongle on one device at a time as they are optimized only for one device.
Satellite Internet's Problems
Satellite internet providers can offer high speeds from anywhere and have served Essex County before fixed wireless options became available. You install a satellite dish and your internet is beamed to you from low orbit or high orbit satellites.
There are two main issues: satellite internet can be more expensive and it can be slow or intermittent Due to its long travel time, satellite internet has a high latency, which means it generally can't be used for gaming and struggles when used to stream video. Your data would take too long to reach the server and you would experience catastrophic lag.
How to Get Reliable Rural High-Speed Internet
We've talked about satellite internet and 4G dongles and shown you why these solutions might not give you the best high-speed internet service. So what will? What makes us different from other high-speed internet companies?
Instead of asking you to connect to a 4G base station or a satellite, the better option is fibre, cable, or fixed wireless internet.
With fixed wireless internet, you install a small dish on your home and you're done. The dish communicates with a broadband antenna installed on the ground, providing a faster more reliable service, even in a storm.
WaveDirect also often helps Essex County residents to set up networking in your home and get you connected to the right wireless router, giving you excellent Wi-Fi wherever you are in your house.
If fixed wireless is available in your area, the dish we provide connects you to our wireless towers, which are connected to very high-speed fibre internet. All you need to connect to our tower is a clear line of sight. We can sometimes install the dish on a pole, or away from trees to be able to have a better sight line. In addition to the main towers, it's likely your neighbours act as repeaters and secondary towers for WaveDirect, spreading high speed Internet across the Essex County service area.
With high speed Internet, and the right router, you can connect your smart devices, computers, games consoles, phones, TV and more. The sky is the limit!
The best part of these other options are there are no data caps, no sky-high latency, and no extra costs. Our residential internet prices for our rural packages start at $59.95 per month with unlimited data and our business internet prices start at $79.95, with unlimited data. Depending on your address we can provide service of 50 Mbps or greater.
For rural addresses that have line of sight to our fixed wireless towers, WaveDirect offers a Free 30 Day trial to check out the service before signing up, and to test what connection works for the address. For those with certain addresses, we have high speed cable Internet options available.
Does fixed wireless need a phone line?
Nope! You don't even need a phone line to get access to high-speed internet like DSL. There are no add-ons that are going to drive the price upwards and nothing that you don't need.
Can you get TV with your Internet?
We're excited to bring regulated IPTV service to our Internet customers, providing the channels you love starting at just $45 per month.
High-Speed Internet FAQs
You might have some questions about high speed Internet for Essex County. We'll answer some of the most common questions that we're asked.
What Speeds Can I Get in Merlin?
The speeds that you'll get will depend on how close you are to the base station and how clear a line of sight you have. Although faster speeds can be available, most customers choose 15 or 25 Mbs plans to handle their needs.
If multiple devices will be used at the same time, or if you use Wifi as the primary way to access Internet in your home, you may not get this speed on all devices.
For the best results we recommend connecting to the router using an Ethernet cable.
What Areas Do You Cover?
Our rural internet services are available throughout Essex County, Merlin and surrounding areas. In townships we offer fibre or cable high speed Internet depending on the address.
What Kind of Support Is There If Something Goes Wrong?
We have skilled technicians and tech support operatives available all day, every day. If anything goes wrong, you can get in touch with us and we'll get it sorted in no time.
Is WaveDirect Trusted By Merlin Residents?
We signed up our first customer in 2003 years ago and have grown dramatically since. Thousands of Essex County customers have trusted us to serve them, many of which have been with us for over 10 years. Many of them are in the Merlin area.
Our headquarters are just next door in Leamington, Ontario.
Ready to Solve Your Internet Issues?
Getting high-speed internet in rural areas like Essex County and the Merlin area is not just possible, it's easy! You can even give it a try.
To see what might be available in your area, use the form at the top of the page to search for your address.