Also see the Terminology article for help
Internet Access Options
- Via the telephone line (e.g. ADSL/Broadband)
- Probably still the best connection, but also can be expensive, because you need to pay for the phone line as well
- Via Mobile Phone/Dongle (e.g. 3G/4G)
- Variable connection, and probably the most expensive
- Probably had download limits
- Via Satellite
- Yes, the same satellite sending tv can also do internet!
- Used to be really expensive and slow, but the cost is coming down and the speed is going up
- Via WIMAX (from £100 installation, £30/month, can be switched off when away)
- Competing with mobile 4G, various operators use their own broadcast transmitters, but with similar technology
- Each operator will install a small receiving dish/aerial at your property
- A cable is run from the aerial into your property. It’s advisable to get this terminated near to your TV.
- The operator provides (or you can buy) a wireless router and access point. This allows a network cable to be plugged in and connected to your TV/Set-top Box, but also provides Wi-Fi into your home
- The quality of the signal is improved with line of sight between transmitter and aerial (In fact it helps if they can see their transmitter, to get a bearing for lining up the aerial. This may mean you need a roof top install)
- 2 to 5 days to book an installation. 1 hour to install.
- Can get up to a 32Mb download speed if near to the transmitter
Wimax Operators around Mojacar
- Wimax Online, head office in Lorca, Murcia
- Next Comunicaciones, head office in Turre, Almeria
- Europa Network
- Smart Wifi
- While there are ‘resellers’ of Wimax, they just pass on your request, taking a finders fee. Your dealings from then on, are with the Operator
- Most of the Operators provide flexible ‘vacation’ packages where you can switch on/off your supply. When off, there is usually a small ‘maintenance’ fee (e.g. 5 euro per month).
- Usually no download limit
- Two simple measures
- Upload/Download Speed
- Generally you need 2Mb/s (Megabits per second) download speed to run IPTV
- If you want to use several devices at the same time, then 4 or more Mb/s
- The time taken to send a signal to a website/server and get an answer back
- Simplest way to test this is with a ‘ping’. Any laptop can issue a ping from the command prompt (e.g. ping 126.96.36.199 or ping www.google.co.uk)
- Some IOS/Android network diagnostic apps can send a ping
- Anything under 100 milliseconds is ok. Under 50 ms is good.
- The other key factor is consistency. If the connection regularly goes down, then it isn’t going to be very useful.