What is Fixed Wireless Internet?
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 wireless internet is a wireless 5G or 4G LTE connection installed on an internet router. It connects to the internet via local cell towers – exchanging mobile data over the same radio frequency bands as cell phones. The connection is, however, much stronger than a cell phone or a mobile hotspot.
Fixed wireless internet speeds
5G and 4G LTE networks are fast enough to rival the internet speeds of cable internet. 5G can reach a download speed of up to 500 Mbps, while 4G LTE download speeds can top 25 Mbps. Both networks also have impressive upload speeds. 5G has an average upload speed of around 14 Mbps, while 4G LTE has a slightly higher average upload speed of around 16 Mbps.
Fixed wireless internet is much faster than the other wireless failover option, satellite internet, due to its lower latency or “ping” time. 5G and 4G LTE have average ping times of 35 milliseconds – almost 20 times faster than the ping of the average satellite internet connection.
A shorter ping makes your online programs run much smoother, since they send and receive requests for data more quickly. A satellite failover will cause frustrating lags in video streaming and conferencing that can seem unprofessional to the person on the other end of the line.
How to set up fixed wireless internet
To support an internet failover connection, your internet router must be able to support two internet connections at once and have the software to support failover capabilities. A dual WAN router is an internet router that inputs and outputs over two separate internet connections.
If your business needs fixed wireless internet failover for cable internet, go for a dual WAN router with one wired and one wireless port. If your business uses fixed wireless internet for its primary and failover connections, though, you’ll need a router with multiple SIM slots instead.
You can usually install your own fixed wireless internet failover without help from a technician. All you have to do is replace your current internet router with a dual WAN router supplied by your failover provider. To switch routers, just unplug the cable connection from your current router and plug it into the new router. Then plug the router in to power up the connection.
Get a fixed wireless internet failover for your business
Every year, the average business loses dozens of hours of productivity due to internet outages. Fixed wireless internet is a fast and reliable failover option that keeps your business operational when your primary connection goes down due to bad weather, maintenance, or other issues.