We use FCC-approved antennas that transmit data using 5 GHz signals, similar to the radios in your wifi router, cell phone, or iPad. These small antennas are installed on your home’s roof by one of Common Networks' professional installers. We then run a Cat5 Ethernet cable into your home and place a wireless router inside your home (similar to a cable modem).
We use these antennas to interconnect locations in Alameda, creating a wireless mesh network between homes, our relay locations, and our fiber internet sources. A whole community can then have internet service with only a few homes needing to have access to our source. This mesh approach also increases reliability by ensuring every home has multiple points of connectivity in the neighborhood. If one radio fails or network traffic is particularly heavy in one area, we can route accordingly without service being interrupted.