Options for Internet service without a landline include satellite, cellular tethering and MiFi. Some municipalities also provide free Wi-Fi for residences, or an arrangement might be made to use Wi-Fi from a nearby source.Continue Reading
Portable MiFi hotspots are available from companies such as Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. These devices are used in tandem with a bandwidth plan purchased from the company and connect to their cellular networks for Internet access. MiFi plans can be purchased without phone service from these companies, and the bandwidth allotments are usually more generous for the money than those included with comparably priced phone plans. However, they are still a relatively poor value compared to a landline. Use of MiFi also requires being within range of a 3G or 4G network for high-speed Internet access.
Satellite Internet access is available through companies that include dishNET and ViaSat. For home access, these systems generally involve the use of a satellite dish connected to a modem, but there are also portable satellite modems capable of functioning when pointed in the general direction of the satellite.
Internet through cellphone plans can also be tethered to a laptop or a desktop computer if the phone is capable of it.Learn more about Internet & Networking
An Internet connection can suddenly drop out due to a bad connection between the external modem and the Internet service provider. The Internet protocol, or IP, settings or network configuration may need to be updated. Turning the external modem off and disconnecting the cable that connects the computer to the modem, then turning the modem back on and reconnecting the cable may update the settings and resolve the problem while a computer with an internal modem will require that the entire computer be restarted to reset the modem.Full Answer >
Some strategies to help speed up a slow Internet connection include troubleshooting hardware, tweaking Wi-Fi settings, turning off or managing programs that hog bandwidth and contacting the Internet service provider. Many factors can account for a slow Internet connection, so it is important to attempt a variety of troubleshooting solutions.Full Answer >
Clear no longer provides Internet service plans. The company has joined Sprint, and Sprint offers unlimited data plans for phones, as well as data only plans for mobile broadband cards, laptops, tablets and other devices. As of 2014, data plans range from 100 megabytes to 12 gigabytes of data and cost between $10.00 and $79.99 monthly.Full Answer >
The average cost of wireless Internet service depends on location, provider, speed plan, other subscriptions and package deals. Other factors affecting price include usage amount and offer period. Typically, the cost can range anywhere from $29.95 with Charter, AT&T, CenturyLink and Frontier to just under $115 with Comcast and Charter.Full Answer >