I need to find a new wireless Internet provider for use at home.

  • Rower1950

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    Aug 02, 2015 7:29 PM GMT
    Sprint announced it will shut down operation of Clear's wireless 4G Wimax network in November of 2015. I need to find a new provider for use at home.


    I would like to find a wireless service similar to Clear's, maybe an LT 4G based service.

    Sprint/Clear directed its subscribers to Xfinity and Exede.I have no interest in using Comcast/Xfinity ever again. The websites of various providers including, Hughes and Exede, offer happy-clappy dumbed-down consumer messages instead of actual information about the service they are offering and the equipment required to make it work

    Can anyone offer advice?
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    Aug 02, 2015 10:44 PM GMT
    You don't need a wireless internet provider, merely an internet provider.

    You can then buy a wifi router to connect to your internet provider's box. The router should have 4 or so direct internet connections, e.g., for your desktop computer. It will also provide wifi.

    If your internet is provided by a cable company (you'll have a round coax cable that connects to their cable modem box, as opposed to one that looks like a telephone cord), you can replace their cable modem with one that's a combined cable modem and wifi router. For example, I use the ARRIS SURFboard SBG6580 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem/ Wi-Fi N Router. But before you replace their cable modem call their tech support and verify that you can do that; some do not want you to do that so that they can charge you a monthly rental fee for their cable modem box. Once you replace their cable modem you can avoid their monthly fees for it, if they charge for it, by returning it.

    I'm not sure what you mean by LT 4G since that's what a phone uses. Wireless internet at home is typically separate from your phone. The wireless at home is what's used by your computer, laptop, tablet, Playstation, etc. Your phone can be configured to use your home wireless (when it's in range) instead of the phone company's data because that can save you from using up your phone's limited data plan.
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    Aug 02, 2015 10:54 PM GMT
    I'm guessing that Sprint is providing you with cable tv, wireless, and possibly land line phone service. That's what a friend of mine is getting with Comcast. Their box that connects to their coax cable does both wifi and phone. The tv cables in each room are separate from the internet and phone cable inside the house.

    If that's the case, check with your local cable tv companies and see if they also provide internet service (and land line phone service, if you need that as well). I'm guessing that they all provide both internet and tv service. Your cell phones are separate and are not part of the picture so you can use any local cable tv company you want for your internet+tv. For your cell phones you can use Sprint, Verizon, or whoever.
  • Rower1950

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    Aug 02, 2015 11:20 PM GMT
    Thanks, Lumpyoatmeal.

    The service I now have from Clear/Sprint is wireless 4G Wimax service. I receive the signal through a single device that combines receiver, router, and bluetooth source all in one small box. It doesn't require any cables. It's clutter free. I can hide the unit wherever I want. The signal moves to and from a local 4g Wimax network that Sprint will abandon in November.

    Cable service is available where I live, but I don't want cable clutter. More important, I don't want to deal with horrid customer service from Comcast/Xfinity ever again.


    I'm leaning toward satellite service provided by Exede, but they require a satellite dish outside hardwired wired to a modem inside. I can connect a Wifi Router to the modem. Unfortunately, that means I'll have to deal with cable clutter again. Excede offers faster service than the speed I am getting from Clear/Sprint but it's also more expensive.



  • Apparition

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    Aug 03, 2015 1:18 AM GMT
    buy your nearest neighbour a really cool cable system and just use the wifi. no clutter at all, and the neighbour's signal is always better than what you have in the house.

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    Aug 03, 2015 2:52 AM GMT
    Apparition saidbuy your nearest neighbour a really cool cable system and just use the wifi. no clutter at all, and the neighbour's signal is always better than what you have in the house.

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    So fucking true! icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 03, 2015 2:56 AM GMT
    Your biggest concern is clutter, and not real high speed internet? I guess you're a neat freak? icon_biggrin.gif

    Wimax is horrible. Not sure how you tolerated it for this long. It's no better than the old dial-up.

    Satellite isn't that good either. Has horrible latency. I guess it doesn't matter, as long as you don't use it for voice/video communication.

    I think cable is your best bet. I mean, how often do you have to call customer service? I've only had to call my cable company twice.. once to start service, and another time to cancel service when I move to a new place.

    Is DSL available in your area? If I had a choice, I'd pick DSL over cable, even though cable can offer higher bandwidth. When I had DSL, it was totally reliable. When the local cable network went down for misc reasons, my DSL line was still rockin.
  • Rower1950

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    Aug 03, 2015 4:20 AM GMT
    xrichxYour biggest concern is clutter, and not real high speed internet? I guess you're a neat freak? icon_biggrin.gif

    Wimax is horrible. Not sure how you tolerated it for this long. It's no better than the old dial-up.

    Satellite isn't that good either. Has horrible latency. I guess it doesn't matter, as long as you don't use it for voice/video communication.


    Ha! By nature, I'm exactly the opposite of a neat freak. That's why I have to control clutter. I trip on cables. They collect dust. I am unwilling to dust them. The cat likes to play with them.

    I don't use voice or video connections so latency isn't an issue.

    The service I now have from Clear 4G Wimax is cheaper, faster and more reliable than the cable access I had from Comcast or the DSL service I had had from Verizon. Both would shut down at random times. I think service quality must be a local issue.
  • FRE0

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    Aug 03, 2015 6:43 AM GMT
    I also would not want anything to do with Comcast / Xfinity.

    About six years ago I used Comcast for my telephone, TV cable, and Internet service. It became far more than intolerably unreliable. It was down more than once per week and their repair service was a real pain to deal with. Each time I called them (on my cell phone), I had to listen to a lengthy advertising message. Then I had to give them the exact same information I had given them many times before and they always told me that someone had to be home when the technician arrived. That was even though the diagnosis each time was that there was noise on the cable and they were unable to determine its source, but it wasn't from my house as evidenced by the fact that if I connected a TV set directly to the cable where it entered the house I couldn't receive anything when their system was down. If Comcast had had adequate diagnostic instruments, they could have fairly quickly determined the source of the noise, but obviously customer service was not important to them.

    I dumped Comcast, had a TV antenna installed on my roof, and used the local telephone company for my telephone and DSL internet service. It has been totally reliable.

    Complaints about Comcast are common which may be the reason I see so many satellite dishes. I don't know how they stay in business. They keep sending me advertisements for their service, but of course I won't have anything to do with them.
  • FitBlackCuddl...

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    Aug 03, 2015 4:10 PM GMT
    Rower1950 saidSprint announced it will shut down operation of Clear's wireless 4G Wimax network in November of 2015. I need to find a new provider for use at home. I would like to find a wireless service similar to Clear's, maybe an LT 4G based service.


    There are two services that come to mind:


    https://yourkarma.com/

    https://www.freedompop.com/


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    Aug 03, 2015 8:25 PM GMT
    Apparition saidbuy your nearest neighbour a really cool cable system and just use the wifi. no clutter at all, and the neighbour's signal is always better than what you have in the house.

    I recently replaced my cable modem router + wifi and changed its name; it had been The Pulsating Inconvenience (who remembers the Infocom game that that was from?), now its NSA Monitoring Station.
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    Dec 09, 2015 3:33 AM GMT
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    Dec 09, 2015 5:30 AM GMT
    When the land line system has been down, and I've had to run my business from the iPad, I've found that the LTE speeds are now just as fast as my crappy DSL. But oh, boy, the data charges icon_eek.gif

    Still stuck with the fucking phone company for now.

    One guy across the valley actually somehow got a fiber optic hook-up. The only one in the valley. He uses it to power his own microwave IPS, which I could subscribe to, but it's a fraction slower than the DSL and the same price...
  • tiger123

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    Dec 09, 2015 9:22 AM GMT
    crack your neighbours password and use his internet icon_smile.gif