Users who live in rural areas without access to cable and DSL connectivity must compare internet connection speeds in kilobytes, not megabytes.
Verizon HomeFusion brings fast internet speeds to rural areas and suburbs too far away for traditional wired Internet with the speed of 4G LTE.
That means users can enjoy speeds of 5 – 12 Mbps down and 2 – 5 Mbps up. Verizon 4G LTE currently covers 2/3rds of the population, including many rural and suburban areas. The network is growing each month and the HomeFusion service is available nationwide.
Unlike MiFi devices that typically stop at 8 connected devices and lack USB ports, Verizon Home Fusion is the only connection users need with support for 20 wireless devices and four Ethernet ports for connecting storage, game consoles and desktops.
The HomeFusion service includes an antenna connected to the exterior of the house and a Verizon router inside the house. The equipment is $199, as a one time service fee.
Monthly access to HomeFusion starts at $60 a month and Verizon includes 2 months of 50% extra bandwidth so users can figure out how much they are able to do online without going over the monthly limits.
- 10 GB of data – $60
- 20 GB of data - $90
- 30 GB of data – $120
- Overages billed in 1 GB increments, at $10 per GB.
These prices seem steep compared to Cable and DSL connections, but the convenience of a fast connection for remote workers, for entertainment and for schoolwork is a price many users are willing to pay.
I know many users who have used a 3G or 3G LTE MiFi as a home internet connection because there was no way to run cables to their house for anything other than dial-up. This is an OK solution, but they constantly bumped up against the number of connected devices, the MiFi needs to stay charged all the time and would often overheat.
It’s great to see mobile connectivity bridging this last mile, and unlike many options HomeFusion is available nationwide, though 4G LTE speeds will only work in areas with 4G LTE.
Hopefully the prices will drop and the data caps will rise as the service matures.