frustrated modem users, hang on to your hats, we’ve got the top
down and we’re moving into the fast lane! CCAonline is offering
wireless internet service beginning Aug. 1. Some of you may have
seen the WICS-TV Channel 20 story that mentioned wireless
internet. It aired during the 6 p.m. news on Tuesday, July 25. It
was a great segment, with only one small exception. They mentioned
that wireless internet will be twice as fast as an average modem
connection, when actually only the slowest package will be
twice as fast. At its fastest, it will be over 55 times faster!
Starting at 64Kbps for around $50 per month, it will not be much
more expensive than paying for the combination of an internet
account and an extra phone line (typically between $35 and $55).
technology is symmetrical, so up and down speeds are the same. And
(hang on – you modem users are not trained to expect this)
64Kbps actually means 64Kbps! No PPP overhead, and it is fully
digital, so what you see is what you get.
talk about the down side. Entry costs are going to be prohibitive
for some people. The minimum equipment includes a radio card for
your computer, and cable and an antenna. More complicated
installations will require more equipment and will be handled on a
case-by-case basis. Typical equipment costs will be in the $400
range. If you are still reading, take heart, the worst is over.
you are interested, you will be able to sign up at Computer
Consulting Associates, 601 Keokuk in Lincoln, beginning Aug. 1.
Once you are on the list, CCAonline will come out to your location
to do a site survey. This will allow them to verify that you will
be able to receive their signal without a problem. This will be
very important until they (hopefully) get permission from the city
of Lincoln to put up a 140-foot radio tower. After they have
verified that there is good signal strength, they will schedule
the installation. One of their technicians will then come on-site
to install the radio card into your computer and aim the antenna.
this point, you might want to put the top up. When you pull back
onto the highway, you’ll be traveling much faster than you are
probably used to. Online gamers take note: Ping times are awesome!
business users, there are configurations that will allow your
whole network to connect to the internet. With six different
business options for service, you can choose the best balance
between speed and economy. Best of all, there is no third party to
pay or to argue with if things go wrong. CCAonline will have
end-to-end quality control.
is what is referred to as an "Always on" internet
connection, so some of you may be concerned about security, and
rightly so. However, CCAonline says they have provided a solution
to that concern as well. They have set up connections to be
protected by default. You will have full access, but no one will
be able to contact your machine directly. For that to be possible,
(in other words, for you to be able to set up a server or get
hacked) CCAonline can set you up to bypass the protection. So
security should only be a concern if you are trying to run a
server from your computer.
information will be available soon, including a form you can fill
out to let CCAonline know that you are interested, at http://www.ccaonline.com/wireless.
is excited to be stepping forward into the world of high-speed
internet with the residents of Logan County. They say that
together we can use this newly available technology to make Logan
County a more convenient place to live, work and play.
the vehicle in which you choose to travel sets the only speed
limit on this highway! Happy driving… er… surfing… um… oh,
[received as press
from Curtis V.