How it works
RedZone is a distributed network of radios that provides community-wide high speed Internet access for area residents and businesses. These radios are placed strategically throughout a community in order to provide maximum coverage and system performance. The radios communicate with one another using Mesh technology, allowing the signal to bounce from one radio to the next as it finds its way from customer to the Internet. Only the first radio deployed in a community needs to be wired to the Internet. Additional radios act as repeaters, and carry the signal from radio to radio as the signal travels to/from the Internet and the end user.
In order to access the RedZone network, one of our network technicians will install a high performance wireless radio at your home or business. This radio acts as a bridge, connecting the data (Ethernet) port on your computer or router, to the RedZone broadband wireless network.
For customers located within ~1/4 mile of one of our network access points, Redzone typically provide a small indoor radio (3"x4"x1") that sits on the customer's desktop. For long-range applications, at distances up to 10 miles from one of our network access points, RedZone installs an outdoor radio with integrated directional antenna unit (6"x12"x1"). Please contact us to determine which configuration is best for your home or business location.
Mesh vs. alternative access methods
For the network operator, wireless mesh networks provide a distinct advantage over traditional wired broadband systems such as DSL and Cable. Whereas DSL and Cable require investments of several hundred dollars per home passed, wireless mesh networks can be deployed in a dense residential area for under $10 per household. This low capital investment allows the operator to pass on considerable monthly savings to the subscriber.
Mesh technology is also self-healing, making it the most resilient of all broadband access methods. If a link fails between two radios, any customer traffic is automatically, and seamlessly rerouted through other radios in the mesh.
The service also provides a distinct advantage over traditional fixed wireless service. Whereas fixed wireless can only service those customers who have clear line of sight to the broadcast tower, mesh networks can be extended through a series of repeater radios to provide access over and around obstacles in order to reach previously underserved areas.
Hotspots / Bring your own device
RedZone provides a professionally installed radio for our monthly residential and business subscribers. However, if you are just passing through the area, or staying for only a few months, you might consider connecting to our network for daily, weekly, or monthly pay-as-you-go Internet service. At these locations, you are free to connect using your built-in wireless capability, and you can roam throughout our entire service area at no additional cost.
Internet Service Availability
Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I need to use your service?
- How much does it cost?
- If I can see the "REDZONE" SSID when using my laptop equipped with 802.11 wireless card, can I connect without using the redZone supplied wireless bridge?
- How do I sign up for service?
- Does RedZone provide email?
- I'm a seasonal customer and have returned or will soon be returning to the area. How do I start my seasonal service?
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