Fixed wireless Internet Options for Remote Work in Rural Areas
By: Stephen Kota
More people are working from home than ever before. The trend towards remote work is opening up new opportunities for people in rural areas, who can finally take office jobs without relocating to a city. There’s still a challenge though – finding a reliable and fast rural internet connection. One in four people in rural areas can’t get fast internet where they live and almost just as many just never go online because they can’t find a good enough internet connection.
Fortunately, there are still some good internet options – even when your home office is located too far from the nearest hub to access wired cable internet. Fixed wireless internet, in particular, is fast and reliable enough to support key online applications for remote work, including VPNs, task management apps like Asana, and video conferencing apps like Zoom. Whether you choose to work from home or simply have to for the time being, a good internet connection can make the experience so much better.
What is fixed wireless internet?
Fixed wireless internet is a 5G or 4G LTE mobile data plan installed on a wireless router. It uses cellular radio waves to send online data back and forth between your router and the nearest cell tower. As long as you’re within 45 miles of a tower, you’ll usually get coverage, which is why 4G LTE availability tops 90% on all networks and why T-Mobile 5G already covers 200 million people. To compare, the cable option XFINITY from Comcast only covers 110 million people.
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How fast is fixed wireless internet?
5G and 4G LTE networks deliver an internet experience that’s fast enough to rival cable internet, even in rural areas. 600 MHz 5G reaches download speeds of up to 34 Mbps in rural areas, and rural 4G LTE speeds often top 20 Mbps. Mobile upload speeds are also fast enough to support applications that require significant input from the user, like Zoom. 5G has an average upload speed of around 14 Mbps, while 4G LTE has average upload speeds of around 16 Mbps.
Fixed wireless internet is much faster than other rural options, like satellite internet, due to its lower latency or “ping” time. For example, while satellite internet has an average ping of more than 600 milliseconds, mobile data has an average ping of just 35 milliseconds. 5G and 4G LTE connect with online hosts more quickly, which reduces lags and makes fixed wireless internet faster than satellite – even when the advertised download and upload speeds are the same.
How do you install wireless internet?
Fixed wireless internet is easy to install in your home office. The internet connection comes pre-installed on a wireless router, which you can power up by plugging it into any outlet in your home. Once it’s on, you can connect all your devices – including your phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop computers – to the router’s Wi-Fi. The router connection is stronger than a hotspot.
A reliable internet connection is key to successful remote work, but, in rural areas, it isn’t always easy to find an internet connection that does everything you need to get the job done. For most people, fixed wireless internet is the best option for their rural home office. Start a chat or give us a call at 866-439-6630 to discover fixed 5G and 4G LTE options in your area.