Frequently Asked Questions
What equipment needs to be installed?
A wireless internet receiver needs to be installed on the exterior of your house. A power supply unit (POE Injector) needs to be installed inside the house in close proximity to an electrical outlet. A cabled needs to be installed between the internet receiver and the power supply unit (POE Injector).
What are the installation steps?
Our install technician will visit your location to determine if there is a spot on the exterior of your house that has clear line of sight to our tower. Next the technician will test to see if there is adequate wireless signal for reliable performance. If the signal is adequate, the technician will mount the wireless internet receiver unit to the exterior of your house. From the receiver unit, a network data cable will be run to the interior of your house to a room of your choice. The network cable plugs into the power supply unit (POE Injector) thus powering up the receiver unit. The install technician will supply another network cable that also plugs into the POE Injector. The install technician will plug in this second network cable into a laptop computer and test the internet connection performance. At that point, the technician will pass the network cable to the end user so that they may plug the cable into a computer or into a WiFi router.
Why can I not get web pages or email?
There are several possible reasons why you may not be able to access the Internet:
If your computer has not been rebooted for a while you may be prevented from accessing the Internet. This occurs because your computer's resources have been depleted from opening and closing programs. Simply close your programs and turn your computer off and back on.
If you have your Internet connection going through a router, try cycling the power to the router.
Try cycling the power to the Internet receiver. Wait for at least 2 minutes for the Internet receiver to boot up before trying to connect.
Make sure you have all of the cabling plugged in correctly. Check to see that the link light for each network cable is lit.
Sometimes, people mistakenly disable their Local Area Connection. Go to the Network Sharing Center and make sure the LAN connection is enabled.
Make sure your account is not past due.
We do perform periodic maintenance and upgrades to our system which can cause services to be temporarily unavailable to you. Normally, we will contact you via email at least 24 hours before a scheduled maintenance or upgrade.
On rare occasions, we may be having problems with our equipment. We do monitor our system and will address any unscheduled system outages as quickly as possible.
Why is my WiFi signal low and the connection keeps dropping?
- Distance problems.
- Physical obstructions.
- Wireless interference.
- Outdated firmware.
- Power outage.
Wireless devices have limitations when it comes to their signal range. For devices running on 2.4 GHz, the range can go up to 100-150 feet (30-46 meters). If your wireless network devices are too far from each other, consider relocating the devices. Remember that distance is directly proportional to signal strength. The farther you are from the wireless router, the weaker the signal. To check if you’re getting a stable connection, perform a continuous ping. If you’re getting replies all of the time, this means the connection is stable. If time outs are occurring frequently, the connection is not that stable.
To get the best connection, you may need to find ways to move your computer closer to the center of the router’s range. When choosing an area where the router will be placed, ensure that it is well ventilated and not in direct sunlight. Try to place your router in close proximity to where you will use your wireless devices. For example: If you mainly use your wireless devices on the top floor of your house, installing the router in the basement would not be ideal.
Wireless networks are also susceptible to obstructions that may lead to low signal. Oftentimes, the signal gets reflected, refracted, or absorbed by the obstruction.
Common obstructions are:
- Cabinets or drawers.
- Mirrors, Glasses.
- Metal Objects.
- Floors, walls, and ceilings.
Routers have a default broadcast range that is dependent on their wireless networking standard (Wireless -B, -A, -G, -N, -AC draft) and the wireless signals broadcasted by the router may not be able to completely penetrate thick walls and other common obstructions.
Also, some router have an optional range extender to boost the signal of your router if you have a big area and there are a lot of obstructions between your router and the wireless device.
Common sources of interference are:
- Neighboring wireless networks.
- Microwave ovens.
- 2.4 GHz cordless telephones.
- Bluetooth devices.
- Wireless baby monitors.
Outdated firmware on the router
Outdated firmware on the router can sometimes cause connection and performance issues in your network. To fix this, you need to upgrade the firmware of your router.
NOTE: Instructions for upgrading the firmware will vary depending on your router model.
One factor that may also trigger the poor performance or loss of wireless signals coming from the router would be power/electricity interruptions. If you are not able to acquire any wireless signal after a power outage, you may powercycle the router by unplugging and re-plugging the power cord from the power outlet for 10 seconds. However, if the powercycle still does not resolve the problem, you may need to reconfigure the wireless settings of your router.
NOTE: Instructions for reconfiguration will vary depending on your router model.