Questions & Answers About Wireless Internet
These apply to all Wireless Internet connections including 5G, 4G - LTE and slower connections.
Q: How Does Wireless Internet Work?
A: Plug your computer into the Wireless Internet base unit, plug the base unit into a power outlet, turn on the base unit, and you’re ready to access the Internet. Your data connects through the nearby wireless network.
Q: Why Would I Want Wireless Internet?
A: You may be able to save money. More important is to get Internet speeds higher than cable or DSL, or where no such facilities exist. Also, Wireless Internet and Fixed Wireless may be the most common way 5G data will be delivered to the end user.
Q: Can I Use My Desktop Computer?
A: Yes, you can access the wireless unit's own Wi-Fi or you can plug your computer directly into the unit. The Wireless Internet unit may not be compatible with your DVR or satellite TV system – please check with your provider.
Q: Does the Wireless Internet Require Special Equipment?
A: Yes, you get a small box that receives wireless signals and converts them either to a plug-in Ethernet connection, or Wi-Fi through your entire home or office. Eventually there will be smartphones, hotspots and other wireless devices that can access the 5G Wireless network directly.
A: In some cases, yes, but more common is to charge your bill to a credit or debit card, or checking account. Most, if not all services allow you re-new the account automatically each month. Current services also offer the option to buy prepaid cards and refill the Wireless Internet as you would a prepaid cellular account.
Q: What's the Difference Between Wireless Internet and a Hotspot?
A: Wireless Internet works like cable or DSL. You plug your Internet box into an electrical outlet and you're online immediately. With a Hotspot, you are using a battery-operated device that either must be recharged or plugged in directly to your computer to keep it from draining the battery. Both units communicate with a cellular network and can be used in any location where there is cellular coverage, but Wireless Internet can be used as long as you want.
Q: Is Wireless Internet Portable?
A: Yes. Since no data wall jack is required, you can use your Wireless Internet anywhere you have a usable cellular signal and available power outlet. Set it up in the kitchen, bedroom — or even take it with you to a vacation home or in an RV. Roaming off your carrier's network or outside the country is not available. If your connection is through Fixed Wireless, you can move around your home or office within range of the unit's Wi-Fi signal.
Q: Will My Wireless Internet Work with Tablets and Other Devices?
A: Yes, Wireless Internet units usually provide a Wi-Fi signal that can be used by most devices in your home or office. You could use it to connect to the Wi-Fi portion of a smartphone if you have run out of data on your phone's plan.
Q: Is the Wireless Internet Unit Completely Wireless?
A: Yes, your Internet connection uses the nearby wireless network and can connect with your devices with Wi-Fi.
Q: What's the Difference Between Wireless Internet and Fixed Wireless?
A: Both Fixed Wireless and Wireless Internet provide Internet access. Fixed Wireless includes an outdoor antenna that is professionally mounted on or near the exterior of your home or business to provide a strong signal for better connectivity, while Wireless Internet uses a small desktop device that you can install yourself since there is no outdoor antenna. Wireless Internet is a portable service, whereas Fixed Wireless is portable within a small area such as a single building. Fixed Wireless is currently available in select (typically rural) areas, while Wireless Internet is available throughout each network's wireless footprint. Fixed Wireless provides potentially higher and more reliable download speeds. 5G Wireless can be delivered through either method.