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4 Things to Know About Outdoor Wireless Ethernet

April 17, 2016 Francine Jones 0 Comments

If you are looking to get Internet outside your house or place of business, but you don’t want to run fiber optic cables or long ethernet cords to do it, then outdoor wireless ethernet is your next best option. Here are four of the main things that you need to know about this kind of ethernet.

1. Wireless Ethernet is “Wi-Fi”

Ethernet cords only came around in the early 2000s, and their expansion into the Internet world allowed for faster speeds, improved search quality, and no more pesky dial-up signals.

Now, “Wireless Ethernet”, which is popularly known as “WiFi”, is the next big thing. Wifi is an Internet-providing signal that is emitted from a device known as a router.

A router connects to your ISP (Internet Service Provider) modem or other Internet source, and it then converts the Internet accessibility into a signal that can be used by wireless devices.

2. Outdoor Wifi is Going to be Pricey

According to ControlDesign.com, a tech website that follows Internet developments closely, the two main types of Internet signals being used popularly right now are cellular and wifi.

Cellular, of course, is a signal that is thinly spread nearly everywhere, and it is emitted by cell towers. Wifi, on the other hand, is emitted in one spot very densely by a router.

While Wifi touts faster download and upload speeds than cellular, its range is usually no more than 300 feet from the router that emits it. As a result, it is pricey to get outdoors wifi because a router is usually located indoors and the signal can’t travel all the way outside, so and expensive signal emitter usually has to be purchased to extend the signal.

The best place to find outdoor Wifi materials is on Cisco’s website. Cisco is one of the largest providers of wireless internet devices and services.

3. Wifi Speed Varies Based on your Internet

Wifi speeds can be extremely fast. Personally, I have seen some wifi networks that allow downloads to take place at a rate of more than 50 megabits per second. Usually, 15 megabits per second is about all that anyone needs for downloads.

However, please note that your outdoor wifi speed will be directly dependent on what your base Internet speed is. So, if you only get 5 megabits per second download speed on your desktop, don’t expect 15 per second on your Wifi just because the router was expensive. Your personal Internet speeds will rate limit your Wifi speeds, no matter how nice of a router you purchase.

4. Be Careful with Sharing Wifi

As Life Hacker reports, you should be very careful about using your outdoor wireless signal to share internet with friends and/or neighbors and/or other businesses.

Most ISPs have very strict rules about Internet sharing, and infringing upon these rules can result in stiff fines and retaliations. So, always make sure that you know the terms laid out by your ISP for internet sharing before commencing to do so.

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