Wisper Internet Provider
Wisper is available throughout rural areas of Missouri and also in rural areas of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Wiser is primarily a Fixed Wireless provider but also is not adding fiber connections in some areas.
Fixed wireless internet sends high-speed signals to and from your devices on radio waves. It qualifies as broadband. Fixed wireless signals have a reduced latency rate and also feature a higher bandwidth. This type of signal is considered more stable than mobile broadband because there is a limit to the number of users that can be hitting it at one time. The fixed wireless base station typically accommodates about hundred users so this is a control factor in the volume of traffic on the signal at any one time.
Fixed wireless internet uses a radio antenna, usually mounted on the roof of your home, that points to a nearby wireless tower, which is connected to the internet. The tower beams information in a straight line to your antenna, which is then connected by cable to a router inside your home. The setup is fairly straightforward.
Fixed wireless is a great rural internet option where terrain is relatively even because it is using radio waves to connect you to the internet. To clarify, fixed wireless is not Wi-Fi. Instead, fixed wireless provides a direct point-to-point connection, requiring line-of-sight between the access point and reception device. Wi-Fi signals can pass through or around minor barriers but a fixed wireless signal can’t do that.
Fixed wireless is sometimes confused with mobile wireless internet so it might help to clarify the differences.
Fixed wireless internet is designed to be the primary internet connection for a specific area or building. It uses a point-to-point connection from a tower to a receiver, providing a stable and reliable connection. It has low latency so there is a minimal delay in data transmission.
On the other hand, mobile wireless internet is an additional service connected to a cell phone plan. It allows for internet access while on the go and relies on cell towers for connectivity. This means that the connection can be more susceptible to fluctuations and interruptions.
In terms of portability, mobile wireless internet is designed to be portable, allowing you to access the internet wherever you go. Fixed wireless internet, however, is stationary and provides connectivity only within a specific range from the tower.
Bandwidth and data caps also differ between the two. Mobile wireless internet often shares bandwidth with other users in the area, which can result in slower speeds during peak usage times. It also commonly has data caps, limiting the amount of data you can use each month. Fixed wireless internet, on the other hand, offers higher bandwidth and higher data caps, providing a more consistent and reliable internet experience.
Overall, fixed wireless internet is generally considered to be cheaper, faster, and more reliable than mobile wireless connections. However, the trade-off is that the fixed wireless connection is limited to a specific area, while mobile wireless allows for internet access while on the go.
Fixed wireless requires line-of-sight access between the subscriber and a ground station. Obstructions like hills or trees can prevent it from being installed in some locations. Rain or fog can also affect the quality of the service.
Fixed wireless internet connections will let you stream video but what about the popular 4K resolution that looks great? It takes a minimum download speed of approximately 25 Mbps to stream in 4K resolution and Wisper plans deliver that speed. Streaming – especially at higher resolutions like HD and 4K, uses a lot of data and what’s great about Wisper is that plans have unlimited data. And, with no required contract, Wisper is a great option if you are located in the service area.
Wisper is also beginning to offer a limited amount of fiber connections; a type of high-speed internet connection that utilizes fiber optic cables to transmit data. Unlike traditional copper-based connections, which use electrical signals, fiber optic cables rely on pulses of light to carry information. Fiber optic cables are made of thin strands of glass or plastic called optical fibers. These fibers are capable of transmitting data over long distances at extremely high speeds and with minimal loss of signal quality. The data is converted into light signals, which travel through the fibers via internal reflections.
Wisper offers plans with fast wireless speeds, unlimited data, and no contracts. Plans are dependent on your address. The fiber connection that is the fastest available isn’t offered at all locations. Plan speeds range from 30 Mbps downloads up to 1,000 Mbps downloads (fiber).