||Wireless Internet Access
You can buy a small box from the wireless carriers
or secondary sources that accesses a cellular network and
re-distributes the Internet through a Wi-Fi connection to several
can be an external box or a small USB adapter that plugs in to your
desktop computer or laptop. These plug-in devices can be moved among
equipment and locations. Carriers and re-sellers offer special plans
for these adapters, usually with Unlimited broadband usage with 4G LTE
Home Phone + Internet:
A single box connects your home phones and online devices through a
wireless connection. Connection to your computer and other
devices is made through a wi-fi connection.
tablets offer the option of accessing the Internet directly, both at
home and away. Many wireless carriers and re-sellers now offer special
tablet plans with Unlimited broadband access often at 4G LTE speeds.
While some devices need to have internal circuitry that will work with
cellular broadband, others can accept just a SIM or USB plug.
use a Smart phone for all of your Internet activities at home including
accessing a printer and other conveniences. Some Smart phones offer
"tethering" which enables you to connect a computer or similar device
to the Internet through a Wi-Fi connection provided by the Smart phone.
Some wireless plans and some carriers restrict tethering capability.
- Satellite Broadband:
sounds like it should be available anywhere but you still need a
cellular connection for the uplink. It may work in a location where
other things have failed and it can be bundled with satellite TV
Wireless normally includes a separate antenna that is professionally
mounted on or near the exterior
of your home or business to provide a strong signal for better
connectivity. Fixed Wireless is primarily available today
in areas where other high-speed Internet connections are not
offered. Fixed Wireless may be offered by a number of
ISP's in several parts of the country and is expanding
With 5G, Fixed
Wireless will become more common,
some with self-installing simplicity.
Sure Your Wireless Coverage is Good
It's preferable to be on your carrier's own network without roaming and
check every room of your house for coverage, including the basement.
Don't just assume wireless works well at home, do
speed checks in different rooms with your Smart phone or one borrowed
from a friend. Make sure you can return a device if performance isn't
what you expected. If not, you should find a carrier that works better with Cellular Carrier
Reviews, or you may need a Cellular Signal Booster in your
- Check Your Speed
If you plan to use cellular as your 'broadband' connection make sure
the network offers high enough bandwidth for your usage. 3G might be
fast enough, but 4G LTE is
better. Some plans 'throttle' your data speed after a certain
allotment, some down to dial-up speeds although there are others that
only slow you down to 3G.
- Do The Math
Make sure your changes make economic sense. Consider increased wireless
costs and the loss of any 'bundled' discounts. Don't be fooled by short-term promotions. Project
your costs out a year or two to make sure the promotional price makes
the regular price you pay later, acceptable.
- Consider an Unlimited Data
Don't accidentally go over your bucket of Data. Some plans for Hotspots
have limits so you might consider a plan just for one device that is
Unlimited. Some of these plans start as low as $10 per month.
- Pay Your Bill
All your precautions go down the drain if the carrier cuts you off for
nonpayment, and they can do it faster than a wireline company can.
Better, set up automatic payment from a credit card or checking
sure to keep your credit card information current so you don't lose
service if your credit card expires,
or watch your checking account for enough balance to pay the next bill.
- Independent Wireless Networks
are many independent networks that offer
non-cellular wireless service to homes and businesses with download
speeds ranging from 1 to over 50Mbps. Often these services are provided
by small telephone companies and rural communications co-ops.
tested the four major carriers in 2014 to find out which one operates
the fastest network in the America. The firm found that AT&T’s
network is the fastest with download speeds averaging 18.6 Mbps and
average upload speeds of 9.0 Mbps. The carrier had unmatched maximum
download speeds, which topped the charts at a whopping 57.7 Mbps, and
impressive maximum upload speeds of 19.6 Mbps. When LTE wasn’t
available the company’s HSPA network still offered decent speeds.
AT&T’s older 3G network averaged download speeds of 4.3 Mbps
and upload speeds of 1.1 Mbps, well ahead of comparable 3G offerings.
- Verizon Wireless was found to operate the
second fastest LTE network with average download speeds of 14.3 Mbps
and upload speeds of 8.5 Mbps. Speeds on the carrier’s network reached
49.3 Mbps for maximum downloads and an “extremely fast” 19.7 Mbps
maximum upload speed. While Verizon’s network was found to be slightly
slower than AT&T’s, the company has a larger footprint and was
available in all 77 markets tested, compared to 47 tested markets for
AT&T’s LTE service.
network showed great potential. The carrier averaged 10.3 Mbps for LTE
downloads and 4.4 Mbps for LTE uploads, but was available in just five
of the 77 markets tested. Sprint’s high-speed service maxed out at 32.7
Mbps down and 9.9 Mbps up.
- T-Mobile has just started to roll out
its 4G LTE network. While the company markets its HSPA+ network as 4G,
it can’t really compete with AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. The
company’s HSPA+ network averaged download speeds of 7.3 Mbps and upload
speeds of 1.5 Mbps, both of which are impressive for non-LTE offerings.
- Independent wireless
networks that offer non-cellular wireless
service to homes and businesses with download speeds ranging from 1 to