WildBlue offers you high-speed Internet access via satellite to almost every corner of the U.S.! Imagine "always on", lightning fast connections to the Internet. No more dialing in. No more delays. No more wondering if high-speed Internet will arrive in your town. Get connected the way you've always wanted to: fast.
WildBlue is lightning fast. Get download speeds up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds up to 256Kbps.
WildBlue is an excellent broadband solution if you are limited by your dial-up Internet service. There is no comparison.
WildBlue is available to virtually every home and small office in America. With very rare exceptions, WildBlue goes where virtually no internet goes.
With packages as low as $49.95 per month, WildBlue is very affordable. All of your ISP services like email and web space are included. Get this great value in wireless broadband today!
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1) What is the WildBlue service and where is it available?
WildBlue is a high-speed Internet access service for homes, home offices and small offices. It is available in virtually every location across the contiguous United States.
2) Why should I get WildBlue?
WildBlue provides access to the Internet at much higher speeds than dial-up access: up to 1.5 Mbps which is more than 30 times faster than dial-up. A whole new world of content will open up to you with your broadband connection. And with WildBlue, you get an "always on" connection which means no dialing-in to get high-speed access to the Internet.
3) How hard is it to use?
Not hard at all. Once we professionally install your WildBlue system which will take 2 to 3 hours, you are ready to surf the Internet at lightning fast speeds. You can use your same web-browser, go to the same sites, use your email, etc. just like you always have...but a lot faster! And it's always on so no more dialing-in delays, or getting "bumped off."
4) Who do I call if I have a problem?
You just call the friendly customer care agents at WildBlue. We'll have a person you can talk to, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Customer Care: 1-866-WildBlue (945-3258) (toll free)
5) What equipment is needed to get the WildBlue service?
It's easy. All you need is a WildBlue mini dish and a WildBlue modem. Learn more about the equipment.
6) What are my minimum computer system requirements to get WildBlue?
Most computers in use today will meet our minimum system requirements. If you don't know if you meet them, please contact us and we can help you figure it out.
PC/ Windows: 300 MHz or faster processing speed, minimum 128 MB Random Access Memory (RAM), and Windows 2000, XP Home or XP Professional and Vista operating systems. 100 MB of hard drive space and an ethernet card are required.
Macintosh: 300 MHz or faster processing speed, 128MB Random Access Memory (RAM), and OS 10.4 or higher operating system. 100 MB of hard drive space and an ethernet card are required.
7) Are there any cancellation fees?
WildBlue customers are required to sign a 24 month contract when they initiate service. If you cancel the Service before completion of the Minimum Service Term or Extension Term, the Termination Fee is equal to the number of months left in your Minimum Service Term multiplied by $15.00.
8) What kind of speed can I expect?
WildBlue offers packages that provide different speed levels. Our core Value Pak offers up to 512 Kbps download speed and up to 128 Kbps upload speed. Our Select Pak features download speeds up to 1.0 Mbps and upload speeds up to 200 Kbps. Our Pro Pak offers download speeds up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds up to 256 Kbps.
9) Can I be a WildBlue dealer or installer?
Yes, if you qualify.
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Services and Prices:
10) What does WildBlue cost?
The WildBlue equipment is leased to you for the length of the time you're a WildBlue customer. There is a one-time activation fee of $149.95.Customers pay a low monthly lease fee of $5.95, similar to most cable and satellite television pricing models. During the entire period the equipment is leased, it is covered under WildBlue's worry-free equipment replacement warranty. As an added savings, customers have the option to prepay their first 24 months of lease fees for just $99.95, getting more than 7 months free. Professional installation is free.
The monthly fee varies depending on the plan you choose. We offer a variety of service packages, including a Value Service at $49.95 per month. Learn more about the packages and prices we offer for your home and small office.
11) What types of email options do I get with my WildBlue account?
WildBlue offers an advanced suite of Internet services powered through our partnership with Google.WildBlue customers will receive between 5 and 10 email addresses (each with at least 7 GB capacity). More email addresses are available for a minimal extra charge. Learn more about the packages we offer for your home or small office.
12) Do I get dial-up service with my WildBlue account?
WildBlue offers an optional remote-access dial-up service, allowing you to access your email and the Internet when you're not at home or out of the office. Dial up service costs $7.95 / month for 10 hours of use per month. This is an optional service that is available to all customers.
13) If I have WildBlue, do I need an additional account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP)?
No. The WildBlue service includes all key ISP features like email, web space, etc. If you prefer, you can continue to use your current ISP for email and use the WildBlue service for your broadband Internet access. See your current ISP for details as separate ISP charges may apply.
14) If I sign up for WildBlue service, can I keep my AOLÂ® account?
Yes, if you prefer. You can use WildBlue for high-speed broadband Internet access and keep your AOLÂ® service if, for example, you want to retain your current email account. You will need to pay a separate fee directly to AOLÂ® beyond your monthly WildBlue fee. Please contact AOLÂ® directly for more information.
15) Do you limit heavy bandwidth users?
As is standard with other Internet Service Providers, WildBlue ensures that its service operates at optimum speeds for all of its customers. Since WildBlue is a shared network, we have a Fair Access Policy to ensure that extraordinary usage by a few customers doesn't negatively affect the normal usage of other customers. For the vast majority of users, the Fair Access Policy has no effect on their usage. For a few very heavy bandwidth users, the system may restrict their bandwidth and therefore their speed. See WildBlue's Fair Access Policy.
16) Do you offer a limited warranty on the equipment?
Yes. You will receive a 90 day labor/24 months parts limited warranty on all equipment at no charge when you become a customer.
17) Where can I get WildBlue?
We are selling WildBlue service and equipment through a variety of distribution channels. You are able to buy from many local satellite TV dealers and selected National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative telephone and electric companies.
18) Will your service be available in Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico?
Not at this time. The WildBlue service will be available only in the 48 contiguous United States due to the reach of our satellite signals. At present, we do not have plans to serve Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico.
19) Can I get WildBlue service in a mobile vehicle like an RV or boat?
Not at this time. WildBlue service was designed for stationary locations like homes and small businesses. We do not offer broadband service for mobile vehicles at this time.
20) What is the installation process like? Can I install my own dish?
WildBlue professional installers quickly and efficiently install equipment and activate WildBlue's broadband service at your chosen location. The satellite mini-dish is about 26 inches x 28 inches and can be easily mounted on a roof, outside wall or in the ground. A cable from the dish connects to a satellite modem (a small box usually placed next to the computer), which connects to your computer via an Ethernet connection. Installation requires an installation professional to make sure that the dish is pointed at the satellite accurately and to verify that all connections are made properly. Self-installation is not offered.
21) Will my Home Owners Association allow mounting the WildBlue dish?
The WildBlue dish is considered under what the FCC calls the "Over-the-Air Reception Devices Rule". This means the WildBlue dish is under the same classification as other residential satellite dishes (such as satellite television) and legally permissible for mounting on your home. As always, please check with your HOA for specific rules and covenants that may alter your rights.
22) Can I use wireless home networking with WildBlue?
Yes. WildBlue is compatible with all major wireless home networking products.
23) Do customers have to have a phone line in addition to the satellite connection?
No. WildBlue offers an efficient 2-way broadband connection that requires no phone lines.
24) Do I need a southern line of sight to receive a signal from your satellite?
Yes. You will need a clear view of the southern sky to receive a signal from the WildBlue satellite.
25) How fast is this service? How does it compare to cable modems and DSL?
WildBlue's always-on broadband Internet connection provides a user experience similar to most DSL services. We offer download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps - more than 30 times faster than today's dial-up speeds. We offer upload speeds up to 256 Kbps. WildBlue's high bandwidth opens up a window to a world of rich content that is largely unavailable through dial-up modems.
26) What operating systems are compatible with the WildBlue service?
Windows/PC: Windows 2000, XP or Vista Mac: OS 10.4 or higher.
27) Will WildBlue work with Macintosh computers?
Yes. The WildBlue service is compatible with Macintosh computers.
28) What Web browsers and email clients does WildBlue support?
Windows/PC : Internet Explorer 6 and 7, Firefox 2.x
Mac : Safari, Firefox 2.x
Windows/PC: WildBlue Webmail (powered by Google), Outlook Express, Outlook 2002 (XP), 2003 and 2007, Thunderbird 1.5 and up
Mac : WildBlue Webmail (powered by Google), Entourage, Apple Mail, Thunderbird.
29) What is the impact of latency? Can I play real-time Internet games or make Internet phone calls on your service?
The WildBlue system is engineered to help offset the impact of latency, which is the delay caused by sending signals from the earth to the satellite and back again. However, there is a delay as the signal travels up to the satellite, back down to the gateway, up to the satellite and back down to your modem. For most applications this latency does not affect performance, however, there are some applications like voice over IP (telephone service delivered over the Internet, also known as VoIP), or real-time interactive gaming, where latency will have a noticeable effect on performance over the WildBlue network, as it would on any satellite-delivered service.
30) Does WildBlue support VoIP?
At this time, WildBlue does not support VoIP.
31) What if my computer did not come with a Network Interface Card (NIC)? What can I do?
Many computers can be upgraded with a 10/100 Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC) - which you can find at almost any consumer electronics store, or at an online store. If you are comfortable with opening your computer and installing hardware, most Ethernet NICs can be self-installed. Otherwise you may want to hire a computer professional. Check with your computer manufacturer for more information on the right Ethernet NIC for your system.
Also, if you have an available USB port on your computer, you can purchase a USB Ethernet adapter (available at almost any consumer electronics store, or online). This may be easier to install than a PCI card in your computer. For a laptop, you can purchase a standard PCMCIA card that provides an Ethernet connection, or you can purchase a USB Ethernet adapter as well. We recommend that you upgrade your computer to meet all of the requirements listed above to get the most out of your Internet experience.
32) Is the WildBlue service affected by weather?
The WildBlue service is only minimally affected by inclement weather â€“ typically only under severe conditions. You may notice slower WildBlue speeds during rain and snow showers, but this normally only lasts until the rain or snow stops. Total loss of connectivity should not occur unless the storm is unusually severe.
PLANS AND PRICING
INSTALLATION & EQUIPMENT
A Standard Installation includes the following:
- Professional installation of WildBlue CPE by a Certified Installer
- Travel to and from subscriber location within 50 miles of installer office
- Up to 100 foot of RG-6 cable from antenna to modem
- Cable routed through one exterior wall and one interior wall or floor
- WildBlue modem connected to one computer. Multiple PC's and wireless routers are not included in a standard installation.
Non-standard installations may result in additional charges. Please confirm with the premise technician that your installation will be standard prior to allowing the technician to start work. If your installation is non-standard, any additional charges must be agreed upon between subscriber and premise technician prior to beginning work. If you have ordered from WildBlue directly the equipment for your service comes directly to you from our warehouses. If you cancel the order before installation, you will be charged a $50 restocking fee plus taxes.
WildBlue's minidish (28"x 26") both receives signals from the WildBlue satellite, and sends signals from the customer up to the satellite. Using the latest microwave receive and transmit technologies, WildBlue offers a small, efficient minidish which can be mounted on a roof, wall or via pole mount in the ground. WildBlue provides professional installation of the WildBlue equipment which will take approximately 2-3 hours.
Reflector Diameter 25.6" High 29.1" Wide (Elliptical Reflector)
Surface Coatings Dark Gray Powder Coat
Operating temperature-40 to +55 Degrees C.
Operating Humidity 0% to 100%
Shipping dimensions 30.5 X 30.5 X 8
Shipping Weight 37 Lbs
DC Power 30 Vdc @ 2 amps
Transmit 29.5 to 30.0 GHz
Receive 19.7 to 20.2 GHz
Transmit 1.8 to 2.3 GHzReceive 1.0 to 1.5 GHz
Antenna Mount 2" OD Pole
Azimuth / Elevation Adjustment 0.1 Degree
WildBlue Satellite Modem
A WildBlue modem is required to connect one or more customer PCs to the WildBlue network. WildBlue uses standardized modem technology based on the DOCSIS cable modem standards to offer a low-cost, small satellite modem. WildBlue provides professional installation of the WildBlue equipment which will take 2-3 hours.
Ports Supported 10/100 BaseT Ethernet port (single RJ-45)
Protocols Supported Performance Enhancing Protocol (PEP)
Downstream Modulation 1/2, 2/3, 3/4 rate QPSK and 2/3, 5/6 rate 8PSK
Frequency Range1.8 to 2.3 GHz IF
Upstream Modulation 1/2 rate QPSK
Frequency Range 1.0 to 1.5 GHz IF
Dynamic symbol rate and power adjust rain fade mitigation
Ethernet 10Base-T or 100Base-T
Universal Power Pack 110-240Vac, 50-60Hz
LED Diagnostics 4 step LED
Width 2 in
Physical 7.5" L X 4" W x 2.5" H, Convection Cooled
AC Power Cord mates to IEC-320 C14 Receptacle
DC Power mates to SM with rugged 8 Pin connector
Total Power 85 Watts
Consumer Safety Complies with UL/cUL 1950
Designed as limited power source - IEC 60950
Complies with FCC 15b, CE mark
Input Voltage 110/220 VAC, 50-60 Hz
Output Voltages 30 VDC, 2.0A (ODU Power)
3.3 VDC, 5.5A
9.0 VDC, 0.8A
Temperature 0 - 40 degrees C
Humidity 0 - 95% non-condensing
Altitude Up to 10,000 ft above sea level