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Looking for some help. living in a rural area and although we have satellite internet, the service is extremely poor. i work from home couple times a week and need internet access. I was looking into MIfi, but would love your expertise on whether that is the best option and who would be best provider. living in Paris, Ontario. thank you!
 

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What is "MIfi"?

If you don't have wired Internet, your choices are satellite or the LTE cell network.
 

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There used to be a wireless broadband service offered jointly from Bell and Rogers about 10 years ago, called Portable Internet Service. It used a Wimax type of signal, not cellular. They both decommissioned it at some point in the future but I am not aware of what they offered to replace it with. It was good at the time for me. Perhaps LTE is your only choice now? but that means your gonna be on a cellular data plan and cellular data is still quite expensive.
 

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I recently moved my Rogers home internet and cells to Biz from consumer. The rep asked if I wanted a rocket stick! Thought those USB sticks were gone, but maybe an option??

If you work at home, you can get biz internet
 

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There is no need to purchase a special device. Many cellular smartphones have portable hotspot capability, also called wifi sharing or tethering. It's use may depend on the provider and plan used. They tend to frown on customers using unlimited data plans and tethering to replace conventional internet plans.

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has a couple of wireless option in the area. I had to use Brantford as the location as there is no listing for Paris. Xplornet and TekSavvy are both listed as having LTE, satellite and wireless options. Both have unlimited plans.
 

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Canadianisp.ca might be of some help in finding rural internet; but what speeds are you wanting? You could be limited to DSL 6mbs depending on your infrastructure. I only get 6mbs in rural Muskoka and can watch Netflix and surf the internet at the same time with generally no lag, but I sure wish it was faster. Almost as slow as trying to get through downtown Paris .
 

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A lot of people won't get a reliable 6Mb connection with DSL. A few years ago, they tried bumping my 5Mb connection to 6Mb and it started cutting out. Small towns and rural areas will be much worse due to distance from the CO.

Satellite internet is notorious for lag, low data caps and congestion. Delay is a minimum of about 2 seconds due to the distance to geosynchronous satellites. That will change when low orbit internet satellites are deployed but is a few years off.

LTE can also suffer from speed and congestion issues. It needs to be 4G to get decent speeds. 5G won't help due to its short range which makes it suitable only in congested urban locations. Other issues are cost and signal strength. I rural areas, an outside antenna may be required to get good speeds.

Direct wireless link has similar issues to LTE. It's also limited in deployment and not widely available. A lot of wireless ISPs have shut down. Teksavvy has a wireless internet service in the Chatham area but I'm not aware of it being available elsewhere.
 

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They have direct wireless link up in the georgina area as well, through ILS.
At least from the few I have talked to... they MAYBE get upto 10mbps on the best users and days.
Still potentially better to the 2-3mbps some of them are getting through DSL.


I think generally, as long as your Cell signal is decent enough where your house it.. its usually the best choice for reliability/speed wise.
Usage costs though.. is what you need to keep an eye on.. it can get quite expensive.
 

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I have a Bell turbo hub, it runs off the cell phone tower, in certain areas you can get 100 gb for around $65
 

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Ya might wanna look in to one of the rural fixed wireless internet operators..Here is one I know of that covers Brantford and Paris, ON.
Looks like they have a wide range of plans available.
https://silo.ca/services/internet

Since Rural is their bread and butter,I am thinking they'd be more apt to have good customer support than say the Big Three would in a rural area.
 

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Xplornet is another option. They apparently offer reasonably affordable LTE packages (much lower latency than satellite).
 
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