What is Packet Loss?

By Stephen Kota / August 27, 2020

Packet loss is what happens when some packets of internet data never make it from the server to the client (or vice versa for uploads). It’s usually measured as the percentage of packets lost relative to the total number of packets sent. When packet loss occurs, systems may send redundant requests to recover the lost…

Why do I have good signal strength, but slow internet speeds?

By Stephen Kota / August 14, 2020

When fixed wireless internet is at its best, it has internet speeds fast enough to rival some rural cable internet connections. People consistently report 4G LTE download speeds of more than 20 Mbps in fringe rural areas and more than 10 Mbps in remote rural areas. Average upload speeds, too, top 5 Mbps in fringe…

What is Bandwidth Throttling?

By Stephen Kota / August 9, 2020

Bandwidth throttling occurs when an internet service provider intentionally slows down its users’ internet speeds. While it’s sometimes necessary to use throttling to manage traffic on mobile networks, internet providers can also use bandwidth throttling to reduce overall internet use on the network (and therefore save costs) and to upsell more expensive data plans with…

What is Fixed Wireless Internet?

By Stephen Kota / August 5, 2020
Guy and a girl looking on a laptop

Every year, 70% of businesses experience some sort of internet outage. These outages cost the average business more than 40 hours of productivity per year. They also disproportionately affect small businesses, which don’t usually have dedicated staff to help them get back online. A fixed wireless internet failover prevents internet outages before they happen. Fixed…

How to Get Fast Internet Speeds with Just One Bar of Signal Strength

By Stephen Kota / April 17, 2020

People using wireless internet like 5G or 4G LTE in rural areas sometimes struggle with both poor signal strength and slow internet speeds. If you’re lucky enough to live close to the right tower, though, you can get fast internet speeds for gaming and video even when your phone shows just one bar of signal…

Can Network Congestion Decrease Wireless Internet Speeds?

By Stephen Kota / April 12, 2020

When 4G LTE is at its best, it has download and upload speeds fast enough to rival some cable internet connections in rural areas. People in rural areas consistently report 4G LTE download speeds of more than 20 Mbps in fringe areas and more than 10 Mbps in remote areas. Average upload speeds, too, top…

How Fast is 5G Latency?

By Stephen Kota / April 11, 2020

In real world tests, 5G has a network latency of as little as 30 milliseconds. This low latency allows for seamless video streaming and online gaming on fixed wireless internet. Let’s take a closer look at what latency is, how to measure it, and how 5G latency compares to 4G LTE. What is Latency? Latency…

How 4G LTE Tower Bandwidth Affects Wireless Internet Speeds

By Stephen Kota / April 7, 2020

The speed of your fixed wireless internet connection depends in part on the bandwidth of your cell tower. 4G LTE towers have one of six potential bandwidths – 1.4 MHz, 3 MHz, 5 MHz, 10 MHz, 15 MHz, or 20 MHz – which provide different network capacities. When the tower is below capacity, internet speeds…

How to Use Speedtest.net to Check Your Fixed Wireless Internet Speeds

By Stephen Kota / April 7, 2020

Are your fixed wireless internet speeds fast enough to support everything you want to do online, including video streaming (at least 5 Mbps download) and online gaming (at least 5 Mbps download, 1 Mbps upload)? Find out by running a speed test on speedtest.net. Here’s how to interpret the results of a speed test, including…

5G Coverage in Rural Areas

By Stephen Kota / March 19, 2020
Wireless Tower in Rural Area

While high frequency 5G still isn’t available in most rural areas, 200 million people across the United States can already access 600 MHz 5G from T-Mobile. The carrier is aiming to cover as many as 96% of rural Americans with this long range 5G network – which uses new technology to increase speeds by up…

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