Thursday, September 06, 2012

Getting more speed

Those of you living in more metropolitan areas may take fast internet  for granted.  Either that or just don’t give it much thought.  Out here in the “sticks” as they say, we don’t know what it’s like to watch a YouTube video without waiting every few seconds for it to reload. Or for fancy web sites to take a while to pop open.

Until this morning.  Check this test from our computer—now vs before:

Capture  Internet




We changed providers from  Kansas Broadband based out of Salina to Mercury Wireless in Topeka.  Don’t ask me how, but we receive our internet wirelessly from towers.  The interesting thing is the slower speed is from a tower only about four miles north of us.  The faster speed is from a tower near Carbondale which is about 14 miles away.  It is all about “line of sight.”  In other words, our receiver on the roof has to actually, visually I understand, “see” the tower from which it is receiving.   And, it is all about new technology, which it seems Mercury Wireless has the latest and best.  So far it appears they might.

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