Internet In The Mountains

As you might guess, I have high-speed Internet in my mountain home. At first, this was not easy to accomplish! There was no cable modem and no DSL available. To make matters worse, I couldn't even use Dial-Up Internet, because my phone line signal quality was too low to maintain a solid connection.

My home came with something that most homes don't, an ISDN connection from Quest. The previous owner used it to work from home. I wanted to connect through this ISDN connection, but it took about a week of making phone calls to Quest to even find out who would handle this. Finally I got in touch with someone in their business department that could handle ISDN, but the prices he started quoting were absurd.

You may be asking yourself at this point: Why didn't I just get Satellite Internet? Satellite Internet is THE WORST high-speed internet of all. It's expensive and the connection quality is poor. There is very high latency resulting from the distance and the sheer amount of equipment the signal has to pass through. They typically make you buy your equipment and sign a long term contract. I would only consider Satellite Internet as an absolute last resort.

I finally found an option: WiFi (wireless) Internet from a provider in my area. Unfortunately, they didn't really provide service to my area, so instead I was attaching via a long range antenna to a nearby neighborhood's system. This didn't work well at all. The company could have installed a long-range antenna on their end to improve my signal, but they were a small-time outfit and they just didn't seem to care. I bided my time with them and waited for a decent solution.

So finally, Quest upgraded the phone system in my area and DSL was now available. The nightmare is over! Quest DSL works great and I haven't had a problem with my Internet since switching to them over a year ago.

This basically outlines what your high-speed internet choices are. If you have DSL or Cable Modem available in your area, get that! If not, try to find out if there is a WiFi provider in your area. If not, consider ISDN if you can justify the expense (I couldn't). If all else fails, satellite internet is your final option.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 16:49