Vivint announces 100Mbps wireless Internet service

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
Staff member

vivint internet broadband isp wireless internet vivint home hub

Vivint, the home security, automation and energy management services provider, will soon offer a high-speed wireless Internet service to customers in select cities. Dubbed Vivint Internet, the service will offer speeds that are more than nine times faster than the average connection speed in the US.

Vivint Internet will offer symmetrical 100 Mbps upload / download speeds, competing directly with traditional ISPs. The company’s approach to delivery, however, is quite different than the industry norm.

Instead of piping physical lines into the home as we’re accustomed to, Vivint Internet uses a “home hub” deployment model.

vivint internet broadband isp wireless internet vivint home hub

The company first taps into local fiber optic lines and beams that signal to a hub home via licensed spectrum. The hub home then relays wireless Internet service over unlicensed spectrum to nearby homes. A single hub can supply wireless connectivity to as many as 24 customers in a neighborhood. There are no bandwidth caps, we’re told, and participating hub homes will receive free Internet for life.

Vivint Internet already has 15,000 customers that have been participating in pilot programs in San Antonio, El Paso and various cities throughout Utah. Because the network doesn’t require significant underground infrastructure, the company can roll out service to new markets within two to four months of the initial announcement.

vivint internet broadband isp wireless internet vivint home hub

Speaking of, Vivint said it plans to expand to three additional cities this year and offer service in eight new markets next year.

Pricing is set at $59.99 per month although there are promotional rates available in select areas. Vivint Voice, a VoIP service, is available as an add-on for $14.99 per month.

Permalink to story.

 

Jim$ter

TS Booster
Wow this is awesome. Finally someone doing something to expand internet to other people. I hope this expands over all of the US and puts a hurting on Verizon and the other lazy companies.
 
G

Guest

I would think everyone would want to be a 'hub home' how will they decide who gets selected for free internet as a hub?
 

wiyosaya

TS Evangelist
This is all thanks to Net Neutrality. Thanks, Net Neutrality!
Exactly!!!!!!! Despite what the doom and gloom net unneutrality looney tune sayers would have us all believe.

In my area, the county government is investigating letting businesses tap into its 14% utilized, tax payer funded, fiber lines - one of which runs not more than 1000 feet from my home. Since it was tax payer funded, it potentially means inexpensive fiber access for anyone in our county and an end to Thugs Warner and their looney tunes characters of crappy, blame everything on the customer while slamming them onto our service monopoly gang.
 

cmbjive

TS Booster
This is all thanks to Net Neutrality. Thanks, Net Neutrality!
Exactly!!!!!!! Despite what the doom and gloom net unneutrality looney tune sayers would have us all believe.

In my area, the county government is investigating letting businesses tap into its 14% utilized, tax payer funded, fiber lines - one of which runs not more than 1000 feet from my home. Since it was tax payer funded, it potentially means inexpensive fiber access for anyone in our county and an end to Thugs Warner and their looney tunes characters of crappy, blame everything on the customer while slamming them onto our service monopoly gang.
I was being very, very, very sarcastic. Net Neutrality had nothing to do with this.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Tibeardius
G

Guest

The radios can communicate through a few trees without major loss of signal or speed.
 
G

Guest

I would think everyone would want to be a 'hub home' how will they decide who gets selected for free internet as a hub?
Network engineers map a neighborhood and select the optimal house for the hub home. If that house doesn't want it, they move on to the next optimal home and offer it to that hub home.
 

tonylukac

TS Evangelist
Give me $15 3 meg internet like they advertise and I'll be happy. Whatever happened to regulation of the internet?
 
G

Guest

Dont wast your time with vivint internet - they have no redundancy, they are over a week out for repairs. Vivitn wireless will be a epic blender!