No unnecessary rush, less noise, wide open spaces, fresh air, etc, are some of the perks that come with country life and are enjoyed to the fullest by those living in rural America. Unfortunately, this could also mean slower internet connections and some people are willing to accept it that way as some of the compromises they have to make. We may not have DSL nor cable, but the internet options available to us have improved over the years, so at the very least, we can look back on the dial-up days.
Let’s have a look at some rural Internet options to consider:
Fixed Wireless Broadband
You may want to make use of the WISP — a Wireless Internet Service Provider — if it is available in your area. They are usually provided by local ISPs and work via point to point connection. To use this, your installer will install a device which will communicate with their equipment such as a radio tower. The items installed in your place will serve as a receptor and in most cases, works like an antenna.
One of the top internet options for the majority of the rural areas is satellite. It is quite similar to the satellite TV in terms of installation and appearance. It’s simple, the satellite dish installed at your house is linked to the satellite on the orbit where it gets its signal. It must be noted that the sky view of the satellite installed at your home must be unobstructed.
Mobile Wireless Broadband
Some wireless broadband service offering companies include Verizon, Sprint, AT&T etc. They have mobile hotspot and MiFi devices which enable the users to connect to the internet through hotspot. The internet speed here can be affected when several users are connected at the same time because it makes use of a specific bandwidth. You may learn about the bandwidth usage through your MiFi. There is also the tethering feature on most smartphones, which enables you to turn your device into a hotspot. There is always a fee for this. Check with your local internet provider to learn about this additional cost.