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.
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:
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.