Wireless Services Comparison

An internet connection is much more than the sum of its specifications and equipment, the foundation supporting the connection must also be strong. Companies that do not provide good customer support or fail to stand behind their services will drag down even the best internet connection. The information on this page explores the never-advertised aspects of various companies and their corresponding internet connection.

SyncWave stands alone in its capability to provide managed/guaranteed connections and is the only wireless provider in Northwest Michigan capable of offer uncompromising access to the internet. By integrating commercial and enterprise-grade feature-sets into our consumer-oriented service lineup allows you to enjoy top-tier service, this cannot be achieved by any other wireless provider.

Comparison of Residential Internet Services9
Provider (Type) Type0 Contract1 Managed2 Guaranteed3 Overages4 Limits5 Services6 FAP7
SyncWave Fixed Wireless No Yes Yes No No Yes No
T-One/Michwave Fixed Wireless Yes/No No No No No No No
HughesNet Satellite Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes
WildBlue Satellite Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes
Exede Satellite Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes
3G Cellular Yes/No No No Yes Yes No No
4G Cellular Yes/No No No Yes Yes No No
4G LTE8 Mobile Yes/No No No Yes Yes No No
Dialup Landline No No No No No No No
Cable Landline Yes No No No No Yes No
DSL Landline Yes/No No No No No Yes No

0 There are different types of providers, this column classifies providers based on type.

1 Contract required or not for installation or monthly service.

2 Managed connections means the provider proactively manages/supports the connection, managed connections includes (warrantied installation, warrantied labor, provider-initiated repair, same/next day tech support, live system health monitoring and oversight by a dedicated IT professional. This type of service is akin to an SLA (Service Level Agreement) and is not commonly found with consumer-grade connections.

3 Bandwidth and Latency are guaranteed to always be the same and as advertised, and are within tolerances at all times, you will always receive your full advertised bandwidth and latency no matter time of day or weather outside.

4 Many cellular companies charge for exceeding your bandwidth allotment.

5 Most providers have some type of limit such as: bandwidth caps, bandwidth throttling, rolling limits etc.

6 Services implies the internet connection performance and stability is high enough to fully support streaming video/movies, voip (phone), streaming music etc.

7 FAP (Fair Access Policy) are policies used by providers who attempt to justify limits, a FAP is a policy based limitation on daily/weekly/monthly data usage. The name 'fair access' implies the provider acknowledges it cannot provide adequate bandwidth to it's customers and therefore limits you based on your subscription level so that no one person can transfer more data than the next person.

84G LTE is a connection standard designed for mobile connectivity (based on IEEE specifications in addition to FCC regulations) unlike 3G which is best viewed as a retrofitted protocol, and 4G (non-LTE) which is best viewed as a transition protocol to '4G LTE'. Although 4G LTE provides better performance and stability then its predecessors, it is still at best a mobile connectivity protocol and not suitable as a dedicated home internet connection.

9This comparison table provides a black/white comparison between connection-type features, if a connection-type cannot provide the feature at all times without disadvantage or caveat then it is incapable of providing the feature. Sporadic support does not count.