Wireless broadband

An alternative to fibre

Although you can get a decent broadband connection in the village via the BT fibre network, you may not be aware that this is also possible via a microware wireless network. This is run by a company called Boundless Networks (formerly LN Communications) and their system was in place prior to the arrival of the BT fibre network.

Installations in the village

Many properties are connected to the wireless broadband network via one or other of the three repeater points in the village:

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If your house roof has a line-of-sight view to one of the above repeaters and you are interested in the service, please contact Boundless Networks (see box on the right).

To extend the coverage fully into Grafton, other repeater points are needed. You can see from the Grafton hill top repeater photo that there is considerable tree shading in Grafton and the signal will presently get no further than the top of Thorny Hill Lane.

Existing telephone and broadband suppliers

Important: You do not need to cancel your existing broadband supplier before signing up with Boundless Networks. This is important for people with a combined BT phone/broadband service. Only do so once you are happy that Boundless is delivering the service you expected.

There is nothing to stop you continuing to get your phone service from BT if you wish. Some people will feel happier doing this.

However, to get the cheapest overall deal it makes sense to consider moving away from BT altogether and getting your phone service by one of these methods:

  • Your existing mobile phone

  • Via the Internet (see Phone services below). Some residents are doing this now

Why change suppliers?

For many there may not be a great incentive to change from their existing broadband supplier via BT's copper lines - after all there are some great deals out there. It may also not be possible if you your house roof does not have line or sight to a repeater.

However, if you want / need a guaranteed performance of at least 10 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload (up to 30 Mbps is available), without the wide speed variations and drop-outs that you can suffer, then this is a system worthy of serious consideration. You can also consider cancelling your BT landline service altogether and use the broadband for your phone calls (at additional cost of course - nothing is free: even Skype charge for calls to landlines!).

Background

Wireless broadband is delivered to your home via a wireless network of transmitter/receivers and repeaters that pick up the broadband from a convenient fibre optic cable (originally from a point in Great Ouseburn but latterly changed). The provider installs a receiver/transmitter or repeater on your house (in the same way as a TV ariel or satellite dish) and this connects to your cable modem/wireless router via a network cable. If you have this system installed you may be able to use your existing modem/ wireless/ router but more likely you will need to buy new kit.

The system offers broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps (Mbit/s) download and upload, which is many times faster than most of us currently achieve.

Phone services over the Internet are possible and are referred to as VOIP (voice over internet protocol) services. Examples are: Skype, Messenger, Whatsapp and other computer-to-computer systems (which make use of the microphone and speakers on your computer), and companies such as Vonage or Gradwell (which make use of your existing phone and don't need your computer to be switched on). A search of the Internet will list all the companies that offer these services.

Boundless Networks

Contact: Richard
Boundless Networks (formerly LN Communications or LNC)
0113 894 1951 or customerservice@
boundlessnetworks.co.uk

Typical external installations

Typical LN Communications external installations

(the vertical antenna is an omni-directional repeater)