FTTH technology—Tina Newton

For many of you out there, it’s a jumble of alphabet soup– FTTP, FTTX, FTTN, FTTD.   Usually seen as FTTH, this means Fiber to the Home and if it isn’t how you are receiving your voice (telephone), video (tv), and data (internet) connections, it probably soon will be.  FTTX means Fiber to the “anywhere” and in general means using optical fiber to provide your broadband network, so you could have Fiber to the Neighborhood (FTTN), Fiber to the Curb (FTTC), Fiber to the Desktop (FTTD) and so on.  The closer to your equipment, the faster speed you will have because distance is the major factor in speed and with more distance in metallic cables (copper), the less speed you will have.  As a comparison, 1 Gbit/sec can run up to 100 meters on copper but tens of kilometers on fiber and the speed of fiber can be from 20-100 times faster than DSL.  So you can see, fiber optics can take higher speed, further distances.  What does this mean to the end user?  If a person is on the traditional copper wiring, they will have to subscribe at much higher downstream rates in order to get the same speed as with fiber.

What can be done to reduce the cost of fiber installments?  In some countries in Latin America, network sharing has been considered which can be compared to the sharing of towers for mobile phone companies.  Also, there is the possibility of Passive Optical Networks which use a splitter to broadcast to many users cutting down on the cost as it allows the sharing of expensive components of FTTH and also enhances the serviceability with the network as a whole as the hardware is in one location.  However, splitters do add loss to the FTTH link and limits the distance.

In a world where good, fast internet has become an absolute necessity (especially in rural areas where the isolation requires connection to the rest of the world), FTTH itself has become the answer.  FTTH is being used in new residential and condo communities at the planning and building stages, allowing customers to move in and be connected immediately.  Fiber is being laid in the ground before housing units are sold or even built.  In most areas and especially those more isolated, high definition tv, high speed internet, home automation and work at home have been “cannot live without” needs.  This amenity adds measurable value to real estate and is, without doubt, a great marketing technique.

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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

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 [...]

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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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