Fast Gigabit Internet Service is Finally Homeward Bound

While many Portlanders anxiously await the experience of gigabit-speed Internet, some lucky local residents are already experiencing super high-speed Internet with Wave G service in their apartment and condo buildings.

Wave G (mmaher@condointernet.net, 503-830-8158), formerly known as CondoInternet in the Seattle market, launched in Portland this August at Block 17 Apartments and will initially be available in the Pearl District, Downtown, and South Waterfront areas. Wave G called its service “symmetrical gigabit and symmetrical 100-Mbps speeds via fiber and active Ethernet,” which translates to a crazy-fast connection. HD streaming is flawless, file transfers to Dropbox and other cloud applications are instantaneous, and that Apple software update? Already finished, thank you.

“Wave was already serving business customers in the Portland area, so we’re excited to add residential service to our list of local offerings.”

Wave G, a Northwest company based in Kirkland, WA, is one of the fastest-growing fiber-connectivity providers on the West Coast. Matt Maher, local business development manager for Wave G service in Portland, says, “Wave was already serving business customers in the Portland area, so we’re excited to add residential service to our list of local offerings.”

There is no cost to buildings for adding the service, but building owners will need to grant access for Wave to bring in fiber and provide the service. Pricing for residential customers is $60/month for 100Mbps and $80/month for gigabit. It’s a flat rate, with no contract and no additional fees.

Want to get the most from your fast internet? Here are some tips for optimizing your home network connection:

Hard-wire your devices where possible, instead of using wi-fi.
Connect your streaming devices and computers directly to your router with an Ethernet cable. This will provide the fastest connection you can get with the speeds available from your provider.

To get the best wireless connectivity, invest in a great wireless router.
Regular drops and spotty signal strength are common signs that your router might be getting long in the tooth. Power-cycle your equipment (unplug power for more than 30 seconds), and see if that helps. If not, consider replacement. If the signal is weak in other parts of your home, use an extender to boost signal there.

 

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