Category: Broadband


What Makes Open Wireless Internet Awesome

Before starting Open Wireless, we took a close look at existing Internet options in rural Groveland. We found that most residents were stuck with flakey satellite, slow DSL, or low-quality wireless. The common theme with all these options was slow speeds, ridiculous data caps, and terrible lag. So we did something awesome: we fixed all three problems.

Low Latency

Latency, commonly known as “lag”, is very minimal on Open Wireless’ network and is comparable to wired alternatives. Low latency internet is capable of supporting stable video calling, streaming, gaming, and more. What most people don’t know is that high latency is worse than slow speeds — it’s like talking to someone on the phone but they don’t hear your response until 5-10 seconds after you say it. With Open Wireless, latency stays low and we even use dedicated appliances to help efficiently manage Internet traffic for an uninterrupted experience.

Fast Speeds

With Open Wireless, you can get up to 100 Mbps. 100 Mbps is more than anyone will likely need. Even if you were streaming 4K video content, you would only be using a maximum of 25 Mbps. This means you could theoretically support four concurrent 4K video streams on a 100 Mbps plan. Because this is highly unlikely for most users, you could get our 50 Mbps or 100 Mbps and never skip a beat. If you’re not a heavy internet user or don’t have that many users on your network, our 15 Mbps plan might be a great fit. Don’t worry, if you want to upgrade or downgrade plans, you can do so at any time by calling us.

No Data Caps

We believe that the Internet should be experienced in an unlimited way. This means no data caps, data overages, or data usage fees that cell carriers and satellite providers often use. Use the Internet to your heart’s content and never worry about your data usage. Pretty cool, right?

Wi-Fi Security

We include a layer of security into your home network by leveraging Plume® HomePass™. HomePass gives you plenty of security features to help keep your home network secure. Here’s an overview:

  • With Plume’s Guard™, you can protect your network against crypto-mining, ransomware, malware, and more. You also get advanced IoT protection and adblocking.
  • Plume also offers a unique feature we haven’t seen before in other residential routers: Access. Access lets you use a single Wi-Fi network but multiple Wi-Fi passwords for different guests and devices. This means you can create a family password, a guest password, and a password for untrusted devices. This is an important feature because Plume can separate these users onto segregated networks to protect your home devices from unauthorized access. To learn more about Plume’s network setup, please see our Plume Advanced Overview.
  • Another feature in Guard that we wanted to mention separately is parental control and content access. Inside HomePass, you can create profiles for users and assign devices to those profiles. This gives you the ability to schedule internet freezes and filter content, like blocking adult sites. We will go over how to configure these controls in our blog post Parental Controls in HomePass.

Have more questions about Open Wireless or Plume? Give us a call today!