what is fixed wireless?

What is a Redfox Fixed Wireless Internet Connection?

Redfox fixed wireless is a technology that delivers a reliable, fast internet connection “through the air”. It is completely separate from the NBN and other networks that utilise fibre or copper point to point technology.

How does it work?

The Redfox fixed wireless connection is delivered by using a small antenna dish installed on your roof that connects wirelessly to a telecommunications tower or repeater site nearby. These towers and repeater sites are part of a private network that is locally owned and operated by Redfox.

Home connecting to Redfox Tower

 

 

Once the antenna dish is installed and aligned to an appropriate nearby tower, a data cable is run from the dish to a wall data point within the premises.

Antenna connection to wall point

 

From there, a power injector is connected to the wall point providing power and connection to the antenna on the roof.

Connecting power injector to wall point

 

The final stage is connecting a router to the injector which will provide the internet service to the devices within the premise.

Connecting router to injector

Fixed Wireless Reliability

To understand Fixed Wireless reliability, there are two main points to note: provider network capacity and installation quality control.

With any network, reliability is closely linked to network capacity and congestion. In plain English, if your provider is overloading their network with too many customers and not enough capacity, it will result in slower speeds (especially at peak times).

Reliability is also dependent on initial installation quality control procedures. While most providers will usually use ‘best effort’ practice to determine if you have a line of sight to a tower, here at Redfox our Fixed Wireless coverage is modelled using our custom satellite and radar technology, allowing a more accurate service qualification upfront.

Even if your service qualification looked good, it’s good to note that there’s always a chance that we may not be able to connect you to a Fixed Wireless tower once we are onsite. This could be a result of radiofrequency interference, or a physical signal disruption like trees, buildings, power lines, etc. that didn’t show on our satellite maps.


Fixed Wireless Internet Obstructions

Even if your service qualification looked good, it’s good to note that there’s always a chance that we may not be able to connect you to a Fixed Wireless tower once we are onsite. This could be a result of radiofrequency interference, or a physical signal disruption like trees, buildings, power lines, etc. that didn’t show on our satellite maps.

Trees disrupting fixed wireless signal between home and repeater site

Fixed Wireless Internet in Bad Weather

Contrary to popular belief, the frequency used for Redfox Fixed Wireless is not affected by weather. Normal weather conditions outside of extreme hail and storm activity should not affect your Fixed Wireless connection.

Demonstrating rain not disrupting fixed wireless signal