Fixed Wireless: The Ideal Fiber Optic Internet Alternative

Ultimately people just want their Internet to work 24x7x365 regardless of the delivery mechanism used to receive the Internet service. With more business operations happening on the cloud increased bandwidth is necessary. Businesses often turn to fiber optics, but our symmetrical fixed wireless can be a direct replacement to fiber optic based services. We believe that if a microwave fixed wireless system is physically installed properly and with the correct equipment, there will be no difference in the part that actually matters: delivered data service.

Fiber optic Internet service enjoys far more awareness than microwave fixed wireless Internet. However, we believe users care more about the product delivered than the technology used. In this blog post we’d like to clear up some common questions about the difference between fiber optics and fixed wireless. Plus, we’ll explain what goes into the planning process for establishing your Internet connection.

How can you say wireless is as reliable as fiber?

A considerable amount of planning goes into making sure the service you receive will be reliable. We need to match the right equipment and frequency for the job. Each link we install needs to run through an engineering report to make sure the link will meet or exceed five nines (99.999%) of reliability.

These reports takes into account location and environmental factors as well as frequency and antenna. We can provide an engineering report before an agreement for service is signed showing proof that the solution we are proposing is based in reality.

How can you say wireless is as fast as fiber?

Fiber can transfer huge amounts of data, potentially up to 100Gbps. We find most customers are looking to subscribe to an Internet connection in the 20Mbps to 100Mbps range. Fixed wireless can easily achieve these speeds. E-vergent Microwave fixed wireless options are available up to 1000Mbps or 1Gbps.

In addition, the quality of bandwidth is similar to what you would get over a wired connection such as fiber. If you are concerned about latency and jitter, here are two ping tests over parts of our network.

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Test One – Single Microwave Link

The first test is over one licensed microwave link in Racine, WI. At the time of the ping, the link was passing 150Mbps of traffic and the maximum it will support is 364Mbps.

10 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 1.358/1.454/1.600/0.072 ms

Test Two – Five Microwave Links

The second test is over a chain of five licensed microwave links in our production network at 2PM on a weekday. The chain of links spans roughly 50 miles.

10 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 4.129/5.081/6.035/0.637 ms

Test Three – Fiber Back-up Link

For comparison sake, this is a ping to our next hop on one of our fiber Internet backbone connections.

10 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 2.389/3.223/5.849/0.993 ms

Based on the data above, we believe the technology from e-vergent is very capable of providing data connections up to 1Gbps. The single largest factor is if the correct antenna and frequency band is selected and if it is installed in a mechanically sound manner. That’s why we conduct thorough engineering reports for high-speed connections.

If you are looking for a data connection up to 1 Gbps E-vergent is an ideal alternative to fiber optics. Our technology costs less to install, and provides similar performance and reliability. Contact us to get started today.

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