Many people living in rural parts of Canada are still left without a high-speed internet connection. For some, there are no options for internet access at all and for others, it’s the cost factor.
No matter what side of this coin you are on, internet access has become a necessity for everything we do online today. From searching for employment, getting a higher education and even social engagement.
Some people have even gone so far to say that internet access is a basic human right like Mark Zukerburg in this Entrepreneur article.
There has never been more of a need for wireless internet providers to increase their coverage area for more rural homes with new access points and tower infrastructure.
But how does rural wireless internet work and get set-up in a home?
Wireless internet is sometimes confused with the term Wi-Fi, but in this case, we are talking about fixed wireless, which is a means of providing many users or homes with rural internet.
Explaining fixed wireless in the simplest form, you have a large data connection (usually a fiber line) connected to a nearby tower or access point that transmits the internet to multiple subscribers.
Businesses and homes can use a small fixed wireless antenna or dish on top of their roofs to access broadband Internet. This is typically called point-to-point wireless broadband or fixed wireless internet service.
The advantages of fixed wireless include the ability to connect with many users in remote areas without the need for laying new cables or the costs of burying new fibre internet lines. But, still recieve the high speeds of fiber because that is what is connected to the tower’s base.
You may be asking yourself, how can I get wireless Internet without cable or fibre? Well, after explaining wireless internet technology above, you may want to check to see if you are in our rural high-speed internet service area.
We offer a reliable high-speed connection with unlimited data, amazing customer service and don’t throttle any of your internet traffic. You don’t even need a home phone line, we can come out to do a home site inspection to see if you are in a good area to access one of our towers.
YES! Wavedirect has always offered a free 30Day internet trial so that you can try our service risk free without any upfront payments. As mentioned above we ensure that you have a strong signal strength (line-of-sight) before we install any equipment on your home.
We want to ensure that you have the best experience possible with us and start enjoying more gaming and entertainment online. If you should encounter any problems with the internet, we have you covered with our 24/7 technical support.
We provide you everything you need, including the dish to receive the internet signal, a router (or you can use your own) and from there you can connect all of your devices. Most homeowners will attach a few wireless routers in different locations to get Wi-Fi all through the home.
The best location for a wireless router would be away from walls and in a central location to everyone needing Wi-Fi in the home. If you need extra Wi-Fi coverage you can always look into getting a Wi-Fi extender for your home or office.
In many cases, the quickest way to clear up dead spots and enjoy better connectivity isn't new hardware, but a new position for the router you already own. We have put together a full guide on wireless router placement and how to get faster Wi-Fi here.
Each manufacturer's wireless router has a rough number of devices or connections it can handle, but let's have a closer look at what this means.
Many individual wireless routers and other access points can support up to approximately 200 connected devices. Which you would assume is more than enough, however there is a caveat here:
Important: Anytime you add more devices to your home network or Wi-Fi Router, The speed rating of your internet bandwidth will be divided in half. Let me explain with this example: If your internet service provider offers 20 Mbps down and you have 2 devices connected, each device will receive 10 Mbps download speed.
In the same way, your Wi-Fi router rated at 300 Mbps with 10 devices connected, for example, can only offer on average 30 Mbps to each of them (300/10=30).
If you're not sure what your router can support, Google the model number and you should be able to find it that way.
There are many reasons, but it's clear that there are not many people in this day and age that don’t use the internet on an hourly basis. As stated earlier in this article, some believe it is a “human right” to have access to the internet.
Wavedirect is doing its part by helping those in rural areas of Ontario get internet access, which is not only fast but very reliable. You can check out all of our wireless internet services and pricing from this page and get started with a Free 30Day internet trial.