Texas Wireless Internet

September 6, 2008 – 7:48 pm

by Michael Karl Witzel ©2008

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. Pretty slick.

A summary of the features:

  • There is no equipment to buy with standard installation.
  • FREE Anti-Virus, Spyware and Spam protection recommended.
  • Always connected. Unlimited hours per month.
  • Faster downloads available than standard DSL or cable broadband.
  • Up to 100 times faster downloads than dial-up modems.
  • No phone or cable line required. No busy signal on phone.
  • Not affected by weather.
  • Antenna placement does not require approval.
  • No long-term contract.

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).

In contrast, a setup with Texas Wireless Internet is not affected by the weather in any way. It works in rain or snow and even when the clouds are heavy. Sure, there may be times when the service is slow or down due to technical difficulties, but this happens with any complex network system. The bottom line is that Texas Wireless is far better than dial-up and satellite in so many ways. For Internet service out in the country, there is no better way to go.

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.

So, give Texas Wireless a call at (512) 524-6363 and tell them you saw it on the Hillcountryranches.net web site. You’ll be happy with the service and smiling from ear to ear when you finally dump your dial-up service or satellite dish.

Texas Wireless Internet
Serving the Texas Hill Country

“Get Connected Fast”
(512) 524-6363

Rating: ★★★★

  1. 9 Responses to “Texas Wireless Internet”

  2. Hey, I got connected with Texas Wireless and I’m loving it. Much better than Hughes satellite (ugh) and the speeds are great! I am a very happy camper.

    By Former Dialup User on Oct 10, 2008

  3. Sounds great! I have been hearing about this company, but DREAD changing the email address. How do they compare to Momentum Online (now ERF Wireless)?? Momentum seems pricey and want auto service contracts, equip. purchase, etc.

    Thanks for the input. This SLOWNESS must end . . . but be affordable and hopefully pain free!!

    By Lesley Lishman on Mar 23, 2009

  4. Lesley, I don’t have any experience with Momentum other than dialup service in the early days. Texas Wireless has worked well for us, the speed is good, and the service isn’t down for any extended periods. I would give them a try! You might consider signing up with a Yahoo or Gmail address and switch to that for all your mail. Then, whenever you move or change services, you will always have the same address. Works for me …

    By admin on Mar 25, 2009

  5. Thank you for the input. Good advice. Thanks!

    By Lesley Lishman on Apr 13, 2009

  6. For the most part, I am a fan of Texas Wireless as well, however their after-installation service leaves LOTS to be desired. I have been getting abysmal download speeds for a week (like 0.2-0.7 Mbps on their “2Mb” contract). Their support person refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem, and simply tells me that I am “mistaken” in my thruput. She said she would have Torre give me a call, but it has been 2 days, and no returned call. It took me 4 days to get this person (only a voice-mail contact on the number supplied), and I have yet to reach a person again. Before last week, I was getting GREAT thru-put, able to watch streaming video, etc, but now…

    This is a case of buyer beware. A few more days of no response and I’m reporting them to the BBB.

    By Dave G on Apr 24, 2010

  7. I noticed that some of the people who have written here about Texas Wireless have at least had some calls returned from them in the past. I am writing this almost a year after most of the other posts here so yes I am starting to worry if anyone is out there. I have had Texas Wireless for several years now and for the last year my INTERNET service has deteriorated steadily. It is so bad now in the evenings that we can’t even use it. Kids can’t get homework or anything else if they need computer access. We’ve tried for a year through email and telephone to reach someone or anyone at Texas Wireless to find out what is wrong or what we might be able to do and we have yet to reach anyone or receive a callback of any kind. We have even gone to their offices personally to find them but no one is there!!!!! I feel that their business is on auto-pilot at the moment, because not only is there no support but there is no one at home. Are they out of business and we just don’t know it? The thought is scary. Once you pay to get on that is all there is. Often we are without services at all for hours and a few times we have been several days without service. Many times we have had to drive 10 miles to the Library to finish a project or correspondence. I don’t know about anyone else but I wouldn’t recommend Texas Wireless to anyone. Unfortunately where we live, it is the only wireless we have available to us. I will also report them to the BBB but I have never heard of anyone who had any luck reporting to them either. If anyone else has had this experience, we all need to talk because this is getting ridiculous.

    By Becky Hogue on Mar 28, 2011

  8. Becky, I have to agree with you. I called about a month ago and it was very difficult to get in touch with anyone. I finally left a message stating the fact that they were not the only game in town and finally did get a call back. It sounded like the lady was working out of her living room. I’m not sure what is up, but if anyone knows, please fill us in. Until they get their customer service back up to par, I couldn’t recommend their service. Keeping my fingers crossed that my setup continues to work, God forbid I have to make a service call. Also, if anyone knows of any alternatives in the area, please leave a comment …

    By admin on Mar 31, 2011

  9. What’s up, just wanted to mention, I liked this article. It was helpful. Keep on posting!

    By Belkin Router Ip on Jan 14, 2012

  10. I ve been a customer for 6 years, but for the past year I ve had nothing but issues and during the past month, I can t even get them to return a call. For a MONTH! In addition I ve sent emails and nothing. Crazy, but true. Anyway, I would cancel, but I m assuming I will have to send a certified letter, since I cannot get a response. I would highly recommend avoiding this company at this point. Interestingly, my neighbor across the street is getting good speeds and service and he just moved in a month ago. Anyway, I guess that s how the hook you. Good luck, but again, I would avoid this company. VERY DISAPPOINTING

    By Brandon Ducote on Jul 18, 2013

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