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May 15, 2024. WAVE will be performing an update on the Lutherville, Piney, Grand Prairie, Booneville & Hartford Zones
Service could be down for a significant time between midnight and 5:00 am.
If your service is out for an extended period beyond 5:00 am, contact support: 1-888-212-7626

CABLE VS FIBER

Our competitors are providing Internet service over outdated copper wires or fiber that stops at the curb, Wave Rural Connect uses cutting-edge GPON technology that brings fiber optics INTO your home.

Coaxial Cable: The Old Way Coaxial Cable Construction

Commonly used by cable operators, telephone companies, and Internet providers for data, video, and voice services.

  • It has been around since the early 20th century
  • Transmits data by small electrical current via a copper conductor cable
  • Most services offer a maximum of 100mbps
  • Susceptible to magnetic and electric interference
  • High loss of signal on distances over 100 meters
  • Can be easily tapped and hacked

Fiber Optic Line: The New Wave

Used by the highest-speed networks driving the next generation of data, video and voice solutions.

Fiber-Optic Cable Construction

  • Until recently fiber was in use only by large corporations and telecommunications networks
  • Transmits data using light frequencies
  • Offers speeds over 1 Gigabit (1,000 mbps)
  • Not affected by magnetic or electrical equipment
  • Extremely low signal loss over kilometers
  • Light signals are extremely difficult to tap

 

Here is an infographic that summarizes the differences between coaxial and fiber-optics.

What is Fiber-Optic?

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