Costa Rica Fiber Optics

by Tech on May 12, 2013

CRWIFI will now be providing fiber optics for commercial clients in multiple areas around Costa Rica. We will also be building and designing new fiber optic networks for commercial clients. Costa Rica Fiber Optic Networks have been increasing in both popularity and size throughout the country. Fiber to the home (FTTH) is being studied in multiple towns and cities right now.

For Internet usage fiber is typically more reliable than copper based solutions such as cable modems and DSL. That is not always the case though because much of the fiber optical cable in Costa Rica is aerial. That means that mud slides, crazy drivers, large trucks, and electrical poles that are way over loaded with wires will cause issues and damage the fiber lines. For the best solution fiber optical cable should be ran underground and backed up with a wireless internet connection of some type. With the use of a router that can manage multiple WAN (wide area network) connections to the public, you will be insured of excellent service close to 99.9% of the time.

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Using a VPN

by Director of Intergalactic Communications and Marketing on January 3, 2013

The Virtual Private Network  is valuable for those who travel often or want to add another layer of security for their web browsing or disguise the location of their computer. Most often in Costa Rica, VPN is used to access Netflix, iTunes, Pandora and other U.S. based video and music streaming websites.

First, what is VPN?

VPN is a form of Wide Area Network (WAN) connecting a computer in one location to a specific server or servers in another location that can be chosen by the user.

The key feature of a VPN, is its ability to use public networks like the Internet rather than rely on private leased lines. VPN technologies implement restricted-access networks that utilize the same cabling and routers as a public network, and they do so without sacrificing features or basic security.

A VPN supports at least three different modes of use:

  • Remote access client connections
  • LAN-to-LAN internetworking
  • Controlled access within an intranet

VPN Pros and Cons

There is a lot of marketing hype with VPN. In reality, VPNs provide just a few specific potential advantages.

The disadvantages include security and performance concerns and vendors that are not compatible.

These network protocols have become popular as a result of VPN developments:

  • PPTP
  • L2TP
  • IPsec
  • SOCKS

Authentication allows VPN clients and servers to correctly establish the identity of people on the network. Encryption allows potentially sensitive data to be hidden from the general public.

Prices for VPNs generally range from zero to about $50 per year.

 

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Holiday Schedule for CRWIFI

December 22, 2012

Hello and Happy HolidaysChristmas and New Years are almost here. We will be monitoring the  system, checking email and phone messages even while we are closed. We will not be answering the phone though on the days we are closed. It is very important that you either call us and leave a message, or email [...]

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How Does Magic Jack Work Without A Computer?

November 1, 2012

There has been some discussion on some forums about using Magic Jack to make phone calls internationally. Some of the responses indicate there may be some confusion about how the gadget works. A computer is NOT needed, but internet connection IS needed. If hooked to the internet via a computer, the computer does not have [...]

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Discounts, Freebies, Referrals and New Packages from CRWIFI.com

October 26, 2012

Mirar abajo para Espanol Hello from CRWIFI Ltda. As of Tuesday, October 23rd,  we completed 90% of our core network upgrades. Client antenna upgrades will be done as needed. *Free upgrade for residential clients Virtually all standard accounts will reach download speeds up to double their current rate in the following week. If you have [...]

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Fiber trunk provider reduces connection speed by 95%

October 21, 2012

Dear CRWIFI Customer, Starting early Sunday morning (October 21st, 2012) until 11:35am our core provider had a fiber trunk go down and they reverted to a backup connection. At that time they reduced our connection speed by 95%. Shortly after that we realized that our backup connections that we had in place did not take [...]

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CRWIFI Upgrade Continues

September 12, 2012

Today we will be relocating the terminals of our fibre core connection starting at approximately 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. This will cause a short period of downtime (30 – 40 minutes maximum) while we switch the fiber line to it’s new location. We apologize for the inconvenience and short notice and highly appreciate your [...]

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Tips on What to Disconnect During Storms

September 9, 2012

Dear CRWIFI Customer, Lightning season has continued to cause damage throughout our network and that of other companies throughout the country as well. Please read over the following info and give us a call if you have any questions at all regarding it’s content. When should you disconnect cables from an outside source? We recommend [...]

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Network Upgrade Delayed

September 4, 2012

Dear CRWIFI Customers, The following is to inform you that due to several circumstances past our control, we will not be able to complete the upgrade planned for this evening today. We will continue to work on it early tomorrow morning. Downtime should be minimal and will start after 7 a.m. We apologize for the [...]

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CRWIFI Will Install New Fiber Link

September 3, 2012

Dear CRWIFI Customer, We would like to inform you that based up the weather tonight (Monday, September 3rd), at approximately 11pm we will be interrupting service for up to three hours to install a fiber link between our tower and office here in Atenas. This upgrade is to help reduce the chance of a severe [...]

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