GiGoNET, a local company,
it is based here in Florence. The service includes not only high speed Wi-Fi
but also a dial-up account along with one
email account (an emergency connection) as part of the package which can be used to access the
Internet if your Wi-Fi should malfunction for any reason. All this is very
reasonably priced at only $25 per month. The service can also be
adjusted to use for as little as a week for regular customers. New users are allowed free
access for a limited time (about a month). There's no contract, it
doesn't tie up phone lines, it can be left on all the time and it's
fast. Speaking of "FAST", the SPEED to download something on the
Internet is up to 1,500 Kbps and to upload, it's up to 705 Kbps.
Maximum surfing speed is 1-2 Mbps. There is protection for
the user via an encrypted signal after lock-in. Lock-in comes when
all the users in the specific area are signed up to regularly use
the service whether 1 week or 52 weeks per year.
It's the signal strength
and signal quality that matters. Having an 11Mbit connection
doesn't mean a thing if your signal strength is less then 57% a
5.5Mbit connection means it's junk. If someone says they were
hooking up a 5.5Mbit... they will have a very bad signal.
GiGoNET is now offering people
who want to pay for a year of service at $250, two free months which makes
the monthly charge about $20.
Practically totally out of
sight, is this WiFi antenna mounted on a TV antenna. Possible
interference? Not a chance! TV is Mhz, WiFi is Ghz. When it
becomes necessary to mount the antenna on the roof, GiGoNET
has developed a unique method whereas the roof is not
The WiFi antenna in this
view, is hidden. The metal post for the TV antenna is blocking
the WiFi signal to the back of this property (where there is
no need for it).
There is a new technology on the
horizon which surpasses Wi-Fi, the technology is known as "WiMAX"
There's quite a lot of info at
www.wimaxforum.org - I am told by
their chassis that they're placing for Wi-Fi connections, is WiMAX