Wireless Internet is a term you may recognize in association with wireless broadband internet service, which includes a wireless network. A wireless network is a single broadband internet that is broadly used for your home or office locations. In general, connection to wireless internet requires a wireless access card, wireless Internet modem, or Internet dongle by the end user.
Wireless internet connection (Wi-Fi) offers connectivity options to the internet via radio waves rather than wires on a person's home computer/ laptop or similar device. In the near future, wireless internet service might become so extensive that it will help you to access the Internet just about anywhere at any time, without looking for a wired system.
|Provider||User Rating||Max Download Speed|
|AT&T||3.0/5||1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps)||View Plans|
|Buckeye Broadband||2.5/5||1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps)||View Plans|
|CenturyLink||2.5/5||24 Mbps||View Plans|
|Cox Communications||N/A||75 Mbps||View Plans|
|DIRECTV||2.5/5||1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps)||View Plans|
|Dish||2.5/5||1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps)||View Plans|
|Fios by Verizon||N/A||100 Mbps||View Plans|
|Frontier||N/A||6 Mbps||View Plans|
|HughesNet||N/A||25 Mbps||View Plans|
|MCTV||2.5/5||10 Mbps||View Plans|
|Mediacom||N/A||3 Mbps||View Plans|
|Optimum||N/A||25 Mbps||View Plans|
|Shentel||N/A||10 Mbps||View Plans|
|Sparklight||2.5/5||1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps)||View Plans|
|Spectrum||2.5/5||1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps)||View Plans|
|Suddenlink||NA||1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps)||View Plans|
|Viasat||NA||1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps)||View Plans|
|Verizon||NA||1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps)||View Plans|
|WOW!||3.5/5||1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps)||View Plans|
|Xfinity||3/5||1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps)||View Plans|
Because sending signals wirelessly is more cost-effective than building the infrastructure to send a signal via a wired connection, ISPs can expand their service areas without a lot of up-front costs. This business advantage is particularly helpful for smaller ISPs or ISPs just entering the market.
Fixed wireless delivers a higher-quality signal than other types of wireless internet because its transmissions are focused directly toward the receiver on your home and not scattered in multiple directions.
Fixed wireless internet transmitters require a clear line of sight from one transmitter to another in order to function. Ensuring that lines of sight remain clear can be problematic because an ISP can’t always control what happens between one transmitter and another. A tree could grow taller, another company could construct a tall building, a pole could get knocked over by adverse weather—all of which could potentially disrupt a fixed wireless transmission.