What is the difference between Standard Wireless and Microwave Wireless Internet Connectivity?

Friday, November 6, 2020

You’ve likely heard these two phrases before; however, what’s the difference? This article will run you through the basics of both methods, beginning with standard wireless internet connectivity.


What is standard wireless internet connectivity?
Standard wireless internet is the go-to for many businesses and households, especially in more rural areas. Wireless technology began as a method of sending audio programs through the air, later developing into TV. Fast forward a few more years and we had wireless internet, a relatively similar method, but this time for WIFI.


Standard wireless internet connectivity works similarly to microwave connectivity; more on this later, but also somewhat different. For example, radio waves are used to transmit the wireless fiber signal between the fiber network and your home or place of business. These radiowaves are then transmitted into wired form, with these wires plugged into your phone socket and your router connected to this. You can then plugin in devices directly or connect wirelessly, connecting you to the big, wide world of the internet.

What is Microwave Wireless internet connectivity?
Microwave Wireless internet, sometimes also referred to as a “radio shot,” is an internet connection delivered by the last line of microwave radio links. This type of wireless connectivity is generally more expensive than standard wireless connectivity, but it does come with several benefits.


For example, no infrastructure is required (client end); this means there is no mess of wires, cords, phone lines, or quite frankly, anything else to trip over.


With no wires, you’re likely wondering: “So, how does microwave wireless internet work?” - good question. To begin with, microwave internet starts with a fiber connection, connected to the national fiber network (the internet). Unlike other forms of connectivity, it is now connected to a radio which transmits the fiber connection through the air, later converted back into the cable (client end), and into the router. This method of transmission utilizes radio waves, transmitting an encrypted signal between the fiber network and the client.


Microwave connectivity is slowly becoming more and more popular. To finish, we’ll discuss the main differences between standard and microwave wireless below.

What’s the difference?
Both standard and microwave internet connectivity have their own benefits; however, more recently, microwave internet has been quite the hit, both for personal and business use.


For example, microwave wireless connectivity is cheaper to run in the longer-term; there are no additional monthly fees - it’s a one-time cost set-up. Similarly, unlike standard connectivity, microwave connectivity contains no wires, phone lines, or cords - there’s less human error involved, and fewer wires to trip over, which is always a plus. Unlike standard connectivity that can be intercepted (hackers, people who want your information), microwave connectivity is fully encrypted and cannot be detected by wireless devices other than your own. For a business dealing with sensitive information (credit card details, medical information, etc.) this is a must, protecting your client’s security as well as your own.


To summarise the main difference between standard and microwave wireless:


● Microwave wireless is cheaper to run in the long-term.

● Both types are good in rural areas, but as microwave has fewer wires, it is ultimately better.

● Microwave wireless contains no wires, phone lines, or cords.

● Standard wireless uses wires, directly connecting to devices

● Microwave wireless is encrypted and cannot be detected by wireless devices.

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