Pacific Lightwave — How It Works
How It Works
Fiber-Based Microwave
Our Fiber-Based Microwave network combines our Fiber Optic network with short haul microwave delivery of service to users in area that do not have fiber optic availabity. By combining these two technologies together, our clients enjoy the speed and 10-20ms low latency of a fiber-optic connection where there is no fiber-optic interstructure built out, it's the best of two worlds!
Truth About Satellite
Satellite Internet is slower than Fiber-Based Microwave and has much greater latency. Typically, satellite internet offers download speeds of 1 to 15 Mbps and upload speeds of 1 to 2 Mbps. Like copper based internet, latency varies, but is often in the range of 1000 to 2000 ms. For those just surfing the web once in a while, the slower speed of satellite isn't too much of a problem, but for those who want to stream movies, enjoy online gaming, VoIP phone systems, upload large files or conduct "real-time" business transactions, it can be impossible to do so.
Copper-Based Internet
Fiber-Based Microwave provides far greater bandwidth than copper (DSL, Cable and T1’s) and can carry more information with greater fidelity and lower latency than copper wire. Latency with copper is often in the range of 50 to 100 ms. From our clients' location, we use microwave to transport to our fiber-optic connection. Because the fiber optic signal is made of light, very little signal loss occurs during transmission, and data can move at higher speeds and greater distances. Fiber does not have the 100-meter distance limitation of copper (before it must be re-amplified). Fiber distances can range up to 40 kilometers. Because fiber signals need less boosting than copper does, the cable performs better. Your data is safe with fiber cable. It doesn’t radiate signals and is extremely difficult to tap. If the cable is tapped, it's very easy to detect because the cable leaks light, causing the entire system to fail.
The Truth About Speed
There is more to internet speed than bandwidth. Some providers advertise greater bandwidth speeds, but your internet can still be slow. The reason for this is something called latency. Bandwidth determines the amount of data that can be transferred per second. Latency is how long it takes to transfer data between its source and its destination in milliseconds. You can compare it to a freeway; bandwidth is the number of lanes while latency is the speed limit. You can have many lanes but if the speed limit is low then it would take longer to get where you’re going. Low latency is very important with streaming video, voice over IP phone system and online gaming. Our system is designed to keep our latency under 20ms ping round trip to Los Angeles.
What is MicroWaveFiber ?
MicroWave; Wireless Broadband is an innovative technology that provides high-capacity Broadband communications by transmitting a microwave beam through the atmosphere. This beam is received by a high sensitivity receiver that is built into a dish that is mounted on the clients building. Today MicroFiber can transmit voice, video and data at speeds up to 500 Mbps, and in the near future will top speeds of 1 Gbps - hundreds of times the capacity of a traditional "high speed" connection such as DSL.
F.A.Q.
Q: Do I need a phone connection to get your service?
A: No, we use our wireless microwave network to connected you, as long as we can see one of our many relays, we can hook you up.
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