You probably already know that there are multiple ways that you can receive a Wi-Fi signal to your home, but do you know what those methods are and how they work? In this article, we will go over the three different types of internet that Astrea provides, and how each of them differ.
1.) Coax Cable
Cable internet is one of the most popular internet connections. It is the most prevalent option in highly populated areas. This method delivers fast, reliable internet from a cable directly into your home. The signal travels from a central location called the head end and spreads to connect each neighborhood and home. Think of the head end as a source or where the signal originates. The cable goes to your home, then connects to a modem. You can then connect either directly to the modem or to a router to provide a wireless connection for your devices. This type of service is more commonly found in towns with many homes closely situated together.
2.) Fixed Wireless
Fixed Wireless Internet service is a radio frequency technology that operates with true line of sight from the transmitter on the tower to the receiver to your home. This transmitter is a point-to-multipoint technology which creates beams for a fiber-like connectivity.
This service uses a narrow and steerable beam which is electronically steered towards each subscriber without affecting latency. Latency is the amount of time it takes for a request to travel to a receiver and for the receiver to then process that request and show you what you want. This is the round trip route from your browser to your server to show what you’re requesting.
Having a narrow beam antenna eliminates mutual interference between adjacent sectors and neighboring cells, resulting in better reception at the subscriber side and higher network spectrum efficiency.
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Satellite internet is one of the more common options you will find in very rural households who may not have many neighboring houses nearby. This options allows these users to receive internet service without the high cost involved with construction to these remote areas. Satellite internet is a two-way signal. Satellites built for internet usage are capable of two- way communication so you can interact with the internet when shopping, checking e-mail, browsing the news and streaming your favorite movie or TV show. Some people think that Satellite internet is the same as satellite TV, however, this is false. Satellite TV only requires a one-way communication, while satellite internet requires that two-way signal. If our other internet options are not available in your area, we may be able to offer you satellite internet through Viasat depending on your location and if you are able to get a clear view of the sky towards the source.
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We hope that this post has helped you to better understand the types of internet Astrea provides and why your service may differ from that of your friends and neighbors who also have Astrea service. To find out what services Astrea can provide to you, search your address here.