by Michael Karl Witzel ©2019
If you are tired of molasses-slow dial-up speeds and sub-standard service from the big satellite providers (can anyone say tech support from India), give Texas Wireless Internet a call. They will schedule a site visit convenient for you and come out to your location to see if you are able to receive a signal from one of their many towers located throughout the Texas Hill Country.
How does it work? Well, a wireless Internet connection uses a small transmitter and receiver that’s mounted on your roof or on the side of your house. This device “talks” to a more powerful transceiver mounted high atop a tower somewhere in your neighborhood. Because of the high-frequency radio signals involved, the two transmitters must be able to see each other, making a “line-of-sight” connection necessary. The signal from the tower cannot travel over hills or other major obstacles. That’s the only drawback.
Fortunately, Texas Wireless has many towers located throughout the area and there is a good chance that you will be able to connect to one of them from your residence or business. In my particular case, the tower was just over a nearby ridge, so my unit had to be mounted on a rooftop tripod on top of our house. In some cases, you may be able to mount the radio on the side of your structure or even on a pole somewhere on your property. Most people in the Hill Country Ranches neighborhood should not have a problem making a connection.
Torre Graham was the installer who took care of my installation and he did a great job. A very pleasant and knowledgeable fellow to boot. After he determined that the connection to the repeater station could be made, he installed the transmitter/receiver on top of the roof. A small tripod with a pole on top provided the mounting base (hey, it doesn’t look any worse than that ugly satellite dish we used to have). From there, a small hole in the roof allowed the thin network cable (not a heavy coaxial cable like the one used by the satellite providers) to snake into the attic and then down into the wall where the computer is located.
Once inside, he pulled the CAT-5 cable through an existing wall outlet and installed a jack. Another network-type cable plugs into the jack and then directly into the computer or a wireless router. There is no additional modem or satellite box to worry about (we “paid through the nose” for previous boxes, now all useless, and dumped in the garbage), since everything is contained in the small, weatherproof radio device mounted on top of the roof. Believe it or not, your computer or router powers the gizmo by way of the network cable.
For my installation, the cost was $99 with the door hanger coupon they left on my door. From there, the monthly prices are $29.95–$34.95 for a 1 Megabyte download speed and $39.95–$44.95 for a 2 Megabyte download speed (please contact Texas Wireless for the latest prices and specials).
Even the slowest speed is far beyond that of Hughes satellite and you will be overjoyed with the difference. Whenever there was bad weather or lots of people online, my satellite speed slowed to a crawl. My deal with Hughes gave me a maximum of 600 kilobytes per second, which was a complete fantasy. Realistically, it was more like 300 kilobytes, not much better than dial-up (that’s less than 1/2 a megabyte folks).
Texas Wireless Internet is currently offering high speed wireless internet in S. Austin, Blanco, Buda, Creedmoor, Dale, Del Valle, Driftwood, Dripping Springs, Garfield, Kyle, Manchaca, Maxwell, Mountain City, Mustang Ridge, Niederwald, San Marcos, San Leanna, Uhland, Wimberley and surrounding areas.
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