Head out on the highway! The difference between 25Mbps and 1000Mbps

Whether you’re gaming, binging Netflix or video-conferencing in to an important meeting, Race Communications offers consistent, seamless performance at the speed of light. Race keeps it simple by offering two plans, our Basic Broadband+ and Gigafy Me plans, but what is the difference and which plan should you choose?

Imagine driving down a highway heading to your favorite restaurant. You’re cruising down the road going as fast as your car will take you. As you’re driving, more and more cars are entering the highway. If you’re driving on a two-lane highway, you will notice that you have to slow down as traffic increases. This is your Basic Broadband+ plan. If you live in a smaller household this is a dependable plan that provides speeds up to 25Mbps in both directions.

Our Gigafy Me plan on the other hand, is like a four lane highway. It can handle more traffic without you slowing down. At 1,000 megabits per second, bottlenecks are gone, no matter how many computers, video streams, game consoles and smartphones you have going at once.

If you’re an active Internet user or would like to work from home, we recommend selecting the gigabit plan from Race Communications for optimal performance.

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Welcome to our new blog!

Race recently launched it’s new website in March 2016, and today we launched our new blog. You don’t need to go through our website to access the blog. You can visit it directly by going to blog.race.com.

You will notice that we have kept some of the content from our old news section. These posts were big hits and have been requested by a lot of you since the website was launched.

We hope you enjoy our new site and blog and that we can provide you with the tools and information needed to make Race your preferred Internet provider.

From concept to reality. How Fiber is brought to your home

Race Communications specializes in building fiber infrastructure in unserved and underserved communities in California. Fiber to the home (FTTH) is a large endeavor and requires a multifaceted construction process. You may see our trucks driving around town, but that doesn’t mean we are ready to install just yet.

Please take a look at our infographic below to see the process behind bringing fiber to our new communities and markets.

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IPTV: The New Kid In Town

With technology evolving at lightning speed, “cutting the cord” is a hot topic in today’s world. Consumers are swimming in alternatives to traditional pay-TV, with internet based services like Netflix, SlingTV and HBO GO. It’s no wonder that in 2015, as many as 7% of pay-TV homes are expected to drop their service or switch to an online video app instead. As fiber internet becomes available in more cities across the U.S, service providers will look to IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) to provide home entertainment to their customers.

IPTV is a system through which TV services are delivered over a packet-switched network such as the Internet, instead of being delivered through traditional means such as satellite or cable. Unlike downloaded media, IPTV offers the ability to stream the media in smaller batches, directly from the source.

IPTV services is generally classified into three main groups:

  1. Live Television with our without interactivity related to the current TV show.
  2. Time-shifted television: which allows you to view programs after they have aired or restart a show while it is on.
  3. Video on Demand: browse a catalog of movies or shows, and select what you want to watch, when you want to watch.

For many potential cord-cutters, bandwidth is the biggest limitation. Without a reliable internet connection capable of providing the needed downstream speeds, buffering and jagged video will be a source of frustration. This may seem obvious, but if you’re going to bet your precious entertainment future on your network, you need a solid hookup. Netflix and other similar streaming video services suggest downstream speeds of 5 Mbps, but that’s simply not going to cut it for most, especially those with families that might want to stream more than one show or movie at a time.

With fiber internet and the speeds provided by Google Fiber, Race Communications and other fiber companies, cord-cutting has become the next frontier in home entertainment. Soon Race will provide a simple, affordable and flexible alternative to pricey cable subscriptions with its very own IPTV solution!

The value of Fiber Internet

When someone goes house-hunting, they have their needs, their wants, and their deal-breakers. In addition to good schools, low crime and a nice location, high-speed internet service, is becoming more of a need than a want.

Cities and towns across the country are beginning to see next generation internet access as a necessity, citing its impact on property values, rents, and overall economic health.

Take Provo, Utah, for instance. With the introduction of gigabit internet (provided by Google Fiber), residents are seeing faster internet, more reliable service, and increased home values. The median price of a home in Provo in 2014 was $182,750, an increase of over 15% in 2011 when homes were selling for a median price of $158,950.

Ashley Jensen, a successful real estate agent in Provo, has seen a lot of positive changes in her city the last few years, including a complete renovation of the city’s downtown area and many new businesses. Since 2011, the number of homes sold in Provo have increased by 26%. Ms. Jensen attributes this to new mayor, John Curtis and the business boom brought on in part by better connectivity.

In addition to increased home value, a study by the FTTH council suggests that gigabit internet may have a positive impact in other areas such as a decrease in unemployment, improving medical technology and creating new education applications.

Studies have shown that students with broadband at home study more, watch less television, and improve their grades. With fiber internet, teachers and lecturers could simulcast their lessons to a classroom across town – or across the country. With the advent of 3D broadcasting, imagine if students could inspect a visualizations of the planets orbiting the sun in the solar system, projected right out into their classroom.

Jensen says she has seen an influx of Silicon Valley transplants to the area, and believes they are choosing to live in Provo because of the city’s innovative spirit and desire to provide the right tools and resources for success to it’s residents and businesses.

Download a copy of the study here.

Home security in a gigafied home.

While traditional copper-wired security systems are still common, new technology is opening the doors for exciting new ways to monitor your home. With a reliable fiber internet connection and some additional hardware, software and ingenuity, you can give your home Fort Knox-like protection.

Here are ways you can enhance security in a gigafied home:

Home security systems: If you’re looking for an inexpensive and effective home monitoring system, consider an internet based solution. Many of the available options allow you to monitor your home or business from connected device (computer, smartphone, tablet). Set up alerts sent straight to your phone. Have your alarm system recognize sudden motion, drastic changes in temperature or lights being turned on when you’re away. Some innovative manufacturers in this field include Connectsense and Smartthings .

Video surveillance straight to “the cloud”: With companies like Dropcam offering easy and affordable solutions for mobile viewing and cloud storage of your security footage, why wouldn’t you take advantage of the cloud’s functionality? The cloud is a database of virtual servers on the internet. Some perks include being able to access your footage from anywhere in the world, being sure that your data is securely stored via encryption, and being alerted in real-time when something needs your attention. Other companies offering similar services include CameraFTP and iVideoN

Smoke detection: If you follow trends in home technology, you have undoubtedly heard about NEST thermostat. Now the minds from NEST Labs have tackled another security device, the smoke alarm. NEST Protect will alert you of any smoke emergency by voice! It will also display various colors depending on the severity of the emergency, varying from yellow to red. If you’re not home, NEST protect will alert you via text so you can take action. Brickhouse Security  offers similar products.

Smart doorbells:  Wi-Fi enabled doorbells allow you to answer the door and monitor outside activity from anywhere in the world using your smartphone. It’s a convenient way to monitor and secure your home at any time of day with features such as motion detectors and night vision. You can even check to see if deliveries have been left at your front door. Using high-speed internet, the doorbell will place a call to your cell phone and let you talk to whoever is at the door. Watch your neighbor stand awkwardly outside while you decide if they get to come in or not. RING and Skybell are both leading companies in this space. 

There are many great products on the market which will make monitoring and securing your home easier and more affordable. As tech-enthusiasts, we can’t help but feel optimistic about the future of home security automation.