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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Federal Way Wireless’s speed compare to DSL, cable and dial-up?

Federal Way Wireless lets you connect at broadband speeds of up to 1.0Mbps. That’s 18 times faster than typical dial-up!

What issues could impact my ability to receive Federal Way Wireless signals?

You must be within the Federal Way Wireless service area to receive a Federal Way Wireless signal. It is rare, but possible, to be within the coverage area but not be able to receive a signal due to unusual geography or to be within the coverage area but not adequately receive signal due to unexpected circumstances. 

Also weather and other interference caused by 2.4Ghz devices (such as cordless telephones and microwaves) can prevent you from receiving Federal Way Wireless.

Is it easy to access/connect to Federal Way Wireless Network?
Yes! If you can see the FWWireless network in your list of Available Wireless Networks then select it and connect to it. There’s no software to download and no technician to wait for. Federal Way Wireless makes it simple to get broadband Internet access for your home or small business.
How can I use my Federal Way Wireless connection in more than one place?
With Federal Way Wireless, you can connect to the Internet in more than one location. Just connect and jump online anywhere within the Federal Way Wireless service area.
If I share my Federal Way Wireless connection, can all computers be online at the same time?
Using a router or wireless access point, multiple users can be online at the same time. Everyone will enjoy the same broadband connection speed as always. The only additional cost you’ll pay is for your own networking equipment.

Is Federal Way Wireless mobile like a Wi-Fi connection?

Federal Way Wireless is Wi-Fi.

With Federal Way Wireless, all you have to do is connect to the FWWireless SSID or plug your Federal Way Wireless CPE modem into an outlet, and into your computer. Unlike a typical Wi-Fi hotspot there are no additional access fees charged in order to use the service.

How does Federal Way Wireless connect wirelessly?
Federal Way Wireless uses 802.11b/g wireless technology to transmit signals to and from your computer. The connection is always available to you 24/7.


Are there any limits to bandwidth usage?

There is no limit to the amount of data that can be downloaded when using Federal Way Wireless.  However, Federal Way Wireless currently limits all downstream traffic to 1.0 Mbps.

*This rate may vary by time of day and how many users are connected to a given access point.

What’s an IP address?
Every computer that communicates over the Internet is assigned an IP address that uniquely identifies the device and distinguishes it from other computers on the Internet.
What’s the difference between a static and dynamic IP address?
A static IP address is a number that’s assigned to a computer by an Internet service provider to be its permanent address on the Internet. Dynamic IP addressing, or DHCP, provides a different IP address each time you connect to the Internet. Dynamic addresses are kept in a pool and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

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