Whenever a new internet technology comes out, there tends to be a great deal of hesitation before a lot of users jump on board. One reason is that switching can be an annoying process full of complications, and might be costly if already signed into a contract. Another reason is that it’s hard to get good information about the new technology that’s written in everyday English and not ‘computer speak.’ This can definitely be said about new 4G wireless internet technology from WiMax. The more most people read about it, the more internet dictionaries they have to look in to figure out what exactly the reviews are saying. What people need is a good, quality review from someone who has already tried it out before buying into a new system. For those trying to get some simple questions about their concerns answered, try some of the top responses below.
Quality of Service. Many people are afraid that mobile WiMax internet will experience latency issues, or a delay between the time an internet function is “sent” and when it is “completed.” Latency is common in other wireless forms of internet service, like satellite internet, and can make it impossible to play certain online live games, and run certain business programs. However, low latency, of less than 10 milliseconds from tower to receiver is the norm when it comes to this new form of internet. Of course the service provides broadband speeds, so high-bandwidth services like IP video services and VoIP will be accessible to users.
Security. Ever accidentally picked up a snippitt of someone else’s cell phone conversation? Many people are afraid that or worse could happen when using mobile WiMax internet. Surely hackers will find a new way to intercept signals and steal our valuable online information, right? As an inherently wireless network, this new form of internet will be far safer than the average Wi-Fi connection, something the majority of people use without thinking twice. The network is in fact designed with network intrusion prevention and access violation prevention in mind.
Reliability. Put it this way, during the Boxing Day Tsunami when all other forms of communication were down, WiMax internet was used to help reestablish communications and save the day. While regular power outages may affect towers some of the time, each coverage zone will be serviced by several towers meaning service can simply jump to another nearby tower, much as with cell phones. This means that even if there is a problem experienced the subscriber is unlikely to realize it, whereas with landline, DSL or cable internet if there is a problem with any one of a number of wires or connections service can be out for hours.
Interference. It’s no secret that wireless signals can be subject to some interference issues. Since this is a new kind of wireless technology, it has yet to be seen what items will cause the most interference between the receiver and tower. The two kinds of interference are out of channel interference and co-channel interference. The first is what happens when transmitters on different frequencies interfere, and the latter when two transmitters emit the same frequency. As wireless technology develops in general, new anti-interference technologies will come along with them.