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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Wireless Internet Service?

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Wireless Internet uses fixed Wireless broadband technology to deliver the same high speeds and service of traditional broadband providers but delivered wirelessly as opposed to through buried cables. Typically, a small antenna is placed on your home or office that receives a direct signal from one of our towers nearby. Unlike technology used for cellular data, the wireless connection from your home "end point" and our tower allows for fast reliable service via a fixed wireless connection. This prevents the interrupted data experienced by cell phone users that often happens as signals bounce from one tower to another.

How are we different from Cable?

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Traditional cable broadband service via your TV provider is only available if the provider has already dug trenches and buried wires to your home or business. And for most, cable broadband also means you are pressured into purchasing a contract "bundle" of phone and TV services to get their best prices.

Availability of cable broadband has no bearing on whether you can get Wireless Internet access. Once a tower is broadcasting, Wireless Internet is available to just about everyone for miles in every direction. We provide competitive speeds and excellent customer service, often at lower prices. Plus, the added value of never having to deal with "big cable" again.

How are we different from DSL?

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DSL internet service requires a phone line connected to your house and the monthly fees that go along with it. We do not require a phone line, so that extra cost is eliminated! DSL's quality of service is affected by your location's distance from the service provider's hub and how many other customers are on at the same time.

We offer consistent speeds throughout the day and night and service doesn't degrade from one house to the next. Availability of DSL has no bearing on whether you can get Internet access from us.

How are we different from Satellite Internet?

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Satellite technology has similar "reach" to our Wireless Internet however it suffers from data lags called "latency" as the signals literally travel to outerspace and back. Data usage caps and overage charges are also common so costs tend to be MUCH higher than our Internet service which comes with unlimited data.


Why is our Internet service better than the other providers?

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Northern Nevada High Speed Internet is an excellent alternative to satellite and other wireless providers for several reasons: We deliver to your home or office what we refer to as Wireless Fiber Internet - bringing the benefits of fiber Internet connectivity to rural areas where traditional broadband infrastructure has not been laid and customers are stuck with nothing or slow AND expensive satellite or other throttled and data-capped services. We do NOT throttle or cap or charge extra for your data usage. Also we have VERY low-latency rates so our high-speed Internet service works great for gaming, stock trading, video conferencing, and VoIP phone calls where quick response times are vital.

What is our Internet Service Coverage Area?

Our high-speed Internet Service is available in the Topaz Ranch Estates and surrounding areas, the Holbrook Junction and Highlands area, Spring Valley, Topaz Lake area, Antelope Valley, Smith, Wellington, Smith Valley and surrounding areas of Douglas and Lyon Counties. See the map below for our current coverage areas (shown in green). Click on map for larger view.

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Coverage Area Map
as of 03-01-2017

Are there any data usage charges or is the service throttled at all?

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We charge a flat monthly fee with UNLIMITED data usage for our Internet service. We do not charge for data usage at all and we do not throttle your speed at any point. Unlike cell carriers or satellite Internet service providers, with Northern Nevada High Speed Internet - you get UNLIMITED data, at your FULL speed, ALL the time!


Will my service be affected by weather?

Certain Wireless technologies (such as Satellite or cellular, for example) can be affected by weather, however the technology and frequencies we use allow us to reduce and mostly eliminate what is known as "rain fade."

How reliable is our Internet service?

Our Internet service has a current network reliability rating of 99.58% uptime (over the past 1 year) and 99.9% uptime since our recent backhaul upgrade. Our network reliability is better than AT&T's published rating for their Internet service and we keep improving our rating all the time! We have a sophisticated monitoring system with multiple layers of alerts which tells us about failed equipment and power outages so we can respond quickly to keep things running smoothly. We have battery backup systems in place at all of our repeater and tower locations that get us through most power outages and we have bigger and longer-lasting backup power systems at our most critical towers to keep your Internet connection up and running 24/7!

What equipment is required for our Internet Service?

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We provide and install a small dish antenna at your home or office location which is powered by a POE (Power Over Ethernet) injector and provide you with a standard Ethernet connection. You can plug this connection directly into your computer, however we highly recommend connecting to a wireless router so that 1) you can use your connection with more than one device 2) you can have WiFi within your home for your portable and media devices and 3) you have firewall protection and isolation for all of your home and office network devices. You can use your own router or you can purchase one from us. See our router recommendations below. We also require all equipment to be on a surge protector due to the highly volatile electrical service in our area.

Which wireless routers do you recommend?

We recommend and sell the Ubiquiti home routers which are the best WiFi routers you can buy. Please call or email for pricing.

airRouter AmpliFi
airRouter
(for standard homes/home offices)
AmpliFi Mesh Router
(for extended range mesh setups)

How do I ensure my home network is secure?

While we have deployed several different security protocols, the most vulnerable point of a connection is the end customer's WiFi network. Keeping your home network secure is key to making sure your connection stays clean.

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A few things to remember:

  • Always encrypt your network. A WiFi network without a password is like a home without a door, you are just asking for unwanted guests.
  • Change the default settings. Your router typically comes with common default settings for the network name, password, and IP address. It is best to change all of these as soon as you can.
  • Use a strong password. Avoid your name, your dog's name, your phone number etc. If your neighbors could guess it, it's not secure. Alway combine letters, numbers, characters and upper/lower cases.
  • Use WPA2 encryption on your wireless password. Never use the old WEP or WPA encryption methods.

Check out this handy guide from CNET for more information. If you need help with any of these things we can definitely assist you!

Which antivirus software do you recommend to keep my computer systems protected?

We recommend ESET Antivirus! We have been using it for nearly 20 years and have seen it in action countless times protecting even the most determined viruses!

ESET NOD32 Antivirus

for Windows, Mac and Linux

What speed do I need to stream Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu?

We recommend only streaming video from one of these reputable video streaming sources: Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu. Follow the links below for the speed recommendations from each of these services.

Netflix Internet Connection Speed Recommendations

Amazon Prime System Requirements

Hulu System Requirements

Streaming Hulu in HD and 4K Ultra HD

How do I check my Internet connection speed?

We have an Internet speed tester here on our site as well as a link to the Netflix speed tester. Visit our Speed Test page.



Northern Nevada High Speed (NNVHS)
1490 Albite Road
Topaz Ranch Estates
Corner of Highway 208 and Albite Road

(775) 266-9434