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Is AirFiber Worth It?

Is AirFiber Worth It?

Are you looking for a high-speed alternative to hardwired fiber optic cabling? AirFiber could be worth your consideration. Learn more about this revolutionary point-to-point wireless platform to help you decide if it’s the right solution for your home or business.

What is AirFiber?

AirFiber internet is a fixed wireless, high-speed broadband service that utilizes fixed-location microwave radio towers instead of phone or cable lines to deliver internet access to your location. This service, which is appropriate for both home and business use, allows for the transmission of data between two fixed points. A wireless router connected to a computer via an ethernet cable translates data into radio signals. It then transmits those signals via an antenna to other wireless-enabled devices on the network, including other computers and mobile phones.

To access airFiber, a 4- to 16-inch antenna is installed on the roof, along with a low-powered radio receiver/transmitter. The two devices are attached by an outdoor-rated ethernet cable, which powers the radio via Power over Ethernet standard (POE). The antenna is aimed at the nearest access point tower, which is usually one to 10 miles away.

What are the Capabilities of AirFiber?

Consider these benefits of airFiber internet:

  • High-speed performance: AirFiber provides speeds of up to 4+ Gbps (for airFiber AF-24) and ping times in the 5 to 25ms range. This makes airFiber more than 100 times faster than common broadband providers and on par with more expensive, labor-intensive wired fiber optic internet services. The technology is also superior to DSL, cellular, and satellite connections, which commonly experience lower speeds, lower monthly data limits, and unstable or high ping times.
  • No cable or phone lines required: Because fixed wireless broadband doesn’t require physical connections, you can access the internet without the expense and labor of digging a trench. Installing microwave wireless technology is much simpler and more cost-effective than hardwired alternatives.
  • Few outages: When you send and receive information via airFiber, data travels over the wireless link between the radio/antenna and the tower. From there, the information transmits over a wireless or fiber optic backhaul, eventually connecting to Enterprise-grade fiber optic connections. Thanks to the system’s design, even if a major fiber line is cut, the wireless core network reroutes traffic around the outage via a private wireless network to keep your connection up.
  • Resilient and reliable: AirFiber is impervious to storms that are capable of knocking out cable and phone line connections. Even during the fiercest rainstorms, you can typically expect performance to remain at 90-95%. Plus, because there are minimal physical components, theft, damage, vandalism, and breakage are reduced. Only the installation points on the roof need to be secure.
  • Compatible with popular streaming devices and services: Rest assured that airFiber is well-suited for virtual private networks (VPNs), Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), static IPs, online gaming, smart TVs, tablets, and smartphones.

What Limitations Exist?

The biggest drawback of airFiber is that a clear line of sight is required. If you want stable connectivity, there must be an unobstructed view between the mounting position of the antenna and the radio tower. Because fixed wireless internet access is based on low-power radio signals in the microwave spectrum, any trees, buildings, or other physical blockages between the tower and your location could cause the radio waves to reflect off those objects. This causes some waves to arrive out of phase with the signals that travel directly, reducing the power of the received signal and degrading your internet experience.

Install AirFiber in the Southwest

Interested in learning more about the capabilities of airFiber and whether it can help your business stay ahead of the curve? The best way to determine what’s best for your company is to speak with a professional low voltage company.

Contact Corporate Technology Solutions for help upgrading your wireless internet connection. We can provide airFiber to businesses throughout Albuquerque, New Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Phoenix, Tempe, and Tucson, Arizona.

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 9:40 am and is filed under Blog. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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