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What is wireless broadband?
Wireless broadband is high-speed Internet and data service delivered through a wireless local area network (WLAN) or wide area network (WWAN). Broadband is often called "high-speed" access to the Internet, because it usually has a high rate of data transmission.
Cellular broadband - Cellular phone towers are very widespread, and as cellular networks moved to third generation (3G) networks they supported fast data; using technologies such as EVDO, HSDPA and UMTS. Now fourth generation (4G) networks are available, which are even faster, using technologies like LTE and HSPA+.
These can give broadband access to the Internet, with a cell phone, with an express card, USB cellular modems, or with cellular broadband hot spots or routers, which allow more than one computer to be connected to the Internet using one cellular connection.
As with other wireless service, wireless broadband may be either fixed or mobile. A fixed wireless service provides wireless Internet for devices in relatively permanent locations, such as homes and offices. Fixed wireless broadband technologies include LMDS (Local Multipoint Distribution System) and MMDS (Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service) systems for broadband microwave wireless transmission direct from a local antenna to homes and businesses within a line-of-sight radius. The service is similar to that provided through digital subscriber line (DSL) or cable modem but the method of transmission is wireless.
A mobile broadband service provides connectivity to users who may be in temporary locations, such as coffee shops. Mobile broadband works through a variety of devices, including portable modems and mobile phones, and a variety of technologies. Mobile broadband does not rely on a clear line of sight because connectivity is through the mobile phone infrastructure. Mobile devices can connect from any location within the area of coverage.
In the United States, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides for funding to stimulate broadband adoption, with an emphasis on wireless broadband. The Broadband Technology Opportunities Prgram (BTOP) was created to promote broadband access in unserved and underserved areas. Because such areas are typically remote or rural, deploying wired technology is much more difficult and expensive than wireless.
Wireless broadband is sometimes abbreviated as WiBB and is also known as "broadband wireless."
Cheetah Wireless specializes in helping customers in underserved areas of the Riverbend with wireless broadband internet and often the use of routers, antennas and/or singal boosters. We can enhance your signal and give you a boost so that you can receive FAST wireless broadband at your home or office, or when traveling in your vehicle.
3G stands for third generation and it's wireless technology which allows fast speeds for web browsing, and better voice quality.
4G is the short name for fourth-generation wireless, the stage of broadband mobile communications that hasl superceded the third generation 3G. Examples of 4G include HSPA+, like T-Mobile uses, and LTE, which Verizon uses.
Antenna are used to get you the best signal. High-gain Yagi and Wide Band directional antennas are often mounted on the exterior of homes, offices, buildings, and warehouses. We also carry Dome and Panel Antennas, so that we can customize an antenna to best fit your needs.
Wireless Boosters - Wireless boosters require no physical connection between the boosters and your cell phone or data devices. Wireless boosters are powerful enough to support multiple cell phones and data devices simultaneously while powerfully amplifying your signal.
Cradle Boosters - Built into each all-in-one Cradle Boosters is a signal booster, internal antenna, cell phone holder, and battery charger. It is ideal for hands free operation, and can be used with your Bluetooth device, handset or phone’s speaker. They powerfully amplify signal directly into your cell phone or cellular data card, allowing you to get maximum signal performance for rural or remote locations.
Direct Connect Boosters - These signal boosters require a physical connection to the phone and are designed for one user at a time. They powerfully amplify signal directly into your cell phone or cellular data card, allowing you to get maximum signal performance for rural or remote locations at a great value.
An amount of data equal to approximately 1 billion bytes, or 1024 megabytes (MB).
Kbps, Mbps, Gbps
The data rate of a computer network connection is normally measured in units of bits per second (bps). Network equipment makers typically rate their products using related, larger units of Kbps, Mbps and Gbps.
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Hotspot or MiFi
A device that combines a modem with a wireless router so that you can use multiple computers at one time.
LTE, short for Long Term Evolution, is considered by many to be the obvious successor to the current generation of 3G technology. Customers often see download speeds that exceed 15Mbps, and upload speeds in the 10Mbps range.
A modem is a device that allows you to connect your laptop or desktop computer to the Internet wirelessly, wherever broadband service is available. 3G and 4G Broadband Internet modems plug in to your desktop or laptop computers using the USB port, or into a router so that you can broadcast your wi-fi signal throughout your home or office.
The "core" software that controls the basic operation of electronic devices such as computers and cell phones. Examples of popular operating systems for computers include Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP for PCs, and Mac OS X Snow Leopard for Apple Macintosh computers.
USB (Universal Serial Bus) is an industry-standard connection type used to connect devices such as phones or modems to a desktop or laptop computer.
Wi-Fi provides short-range wireless high-speed Internet connections from devices such as laptops, computers and some phones, to nearby Wi-Fi access points. Unlike mobile Broadband, which works anywhere there is cell phone service, Wi-Fi requires you to be within a certain short distance range of the Wi-Fi access point.
Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a telecommunications technology that provides wireless transmission of data using a variety of transmission modes, from point-to-multipoint links to portable and fully mobile internet access.
A wireless router is a network device that combines a router, switch and access point (base station) in one box. Wireless routers provide a convenient way to connect a small number of wired and any number of wireless computers to the Internet.
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