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Fixed wireless broadband: what you need to know

Fixed wireless broadband: what you need to know

Monday 04 September 2017

fixed wireless broadband

Wireless Internet Service Providers, also known as WISP, offer fixed wireless broadband in rural areas. This type of broadband is a good alternative if internet speeds you get through your landline give you a headache, or you can’t get broadband via landline or fibre optic cable at all.

How does it work?

Wireless internet service providers use transmission towers like mobile phone masts that communicate with each other to transfer a broadband signal to the wireless broadband equipment in your home. This signal is either picked up by a small antenna and transferred to your router or received by strong antennas on the router itself.

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Why choose fixed wireless broadband?

Here are some reasons why wireless broadband might be a good option for you:

  1. Do you live in a rural area that is not served by fibre or fixed line broadband? Wireless broadband is a good alternative, if you can’t get a landline installed in your house.
  2. Wireless broadband usually offers better speeds than satellite broadband.
  3. Since there is no landline required for fixed wireless broadband, you don’t need to pay any line rental.
  4. Connect as many devices as you wish to your wireless modem.
  5. If you’re moving, you can simply take the equipment with you and set it up in your new place.

Which wireless broadband providers can I get in Ireland?

Rural Wifi

Rural Wifi is a wireless provider powered by Fleetconnect, a company which also provides Wi-Fi services to major transport companies, such as, Bus Eireann, Dublin Bus and Irish Rail. Here’s an overview of their broadband deals:

Home Broadband 100

  • Broadband only
  • €28.80 per month for the first 4 months, €48 per month thereafter
  • 18-month contract
  • No landline needed
  • 100 Gb Usage Limit
  • Up to 100 Mb download and up to 1 Mb upload speeds
  • 30 Day no quibble money back guarantee
  • Next working day shipping: €15.00
  • €65 Refundable Deposit (will be returned after 18-month contract ends)

Home Broadband 250

  • Broadband only
  • €34.80 per month for the first 4 months, €58 per month thereafter
  • 18-month contract
  • No landline needed
  • 250 Gb Usage Limit
  • Up to 100 Mb download and up to 1 Mb upload speeds
  • 30 Day no quibble money back guarantee
  • Next working day shipping: €15.00
  • €65 Refundable Deposit (will be returned after 18-month contract ends)

Home Broadband Unlimited

  • Broadband only
  • €39 per month for the first 4 months, €65 per month thereafter
  • 18-month contract
  • No landline needed
  • Unlimited Usage
  • Up to 100 Mb download and up to 1 Mb upload speeds
  • 30 Day no quibble money back guarantee
  • Next working day shipping: €15.00
  • €65 Refundable Deposit (will be returned after 18-month contract ends)

Imagine

Imagine uses LTE 4G technology to operate the largest wireless network in Ireland. Offering both broadband & phone services, Imagine transmits calls through their high-quality wireless network. Here’s their broadband and phone bundle:

Imagine LTE Bundle

  • Broadband & Phone Bundle
  • €59.99 per month
  • 18-month contract
  • No landline needed
  • 20 GB per day usage limit
  • Up to 70 Mb download and 6 Mb upload speeds
  • Free Wi-Fi unit
  • Unlimited Anytime Minutes to Irish landlines

If you’d like to know more about how Wi-Fi works in your home, check out our FAQ. Or find out how to switch to a better broadband deal.

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