Wireless vs Cable, Satellite, DSL, Cable, & Fiber

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Wireless vs Cable, Satellite, DSL, Cable, & Fiber

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Satellite – most satellites are floating in orbit between 100 and 24,000 miles away. That’s how far your data is traveling – so latency (the delay between the signal being sent and reaching its destination) is going to be much higher than just about any other option. By comparison, your nearest Air Link tower will be less than 10 miles from your house. Air Link latency times (i.e. 30ms) are a fraction of that of satellite (i.e. 400ms). Customers who switch from Satellite to Air Link are often amazed by the improvement in Internet speed and reliability. Unlike Satellite, weather does not affect Air Link service. 

DSL – Only available in towns, or within a certain distance to the DSL Central Office. Usually requires a phone line, so bundling with phone is usually required. Most DSL speeds are between 1 and 3 Mbps. Beware – the older the phone lines in your town or neighborhood, the slower and less reliable your DSL Internet connection can be.

Cable – It can be very fast.  Cable providers rank highest on lists of companies with the worst customer service. Air Link’s speeds are comparable to cable, and customers enjoy local, friendly, and knowledgeable support. 

Fiber – It can be the fastest – but it’s not always. Providers can vary a lot – from the speeds they offer and how much they charge, to how long it takes to repair a cut fiber line and restore an outage. It’s not available everywhere, so if you have the option to choose fiber, you might want to look into it if speed is important to you.

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