FAQ

How can I get support as quickly as possible?

Waupaca Online staff is scheduled Monday-Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm and Fridays 8:30am-12:30pm. While we are not always in the office we check voicemail and e-mail constantly throughout the day.

When calling, if you do not reach someone, please leave your name, the best phone number to reach you between 8am-5pm, and a description of your problem.

Our biggest challenge in offering the best customer support possible is not having a phone number to contact you back during the day.

Please contact us right away when you experience an issue. Do not wait a couple of days or a week.

While we are not staffed 24/7, our network offers full monitoring around the clock. If we are notified of a system outage we will work to get this resolved as soon as possible no matter the hour or day.

How do I keep my computer safe from viruses?

Perform Regular Virus Scans. Conducting regular virus scans of your computer systems with an updated virus scanner can drastically limit the opportunity of any virus infecting or causing serious damage to your computer.

Below are several links to several popular anti-virus software packages (based on volume of sales).

Here are some free (for personal use) Anti Virus programs:

My internet is not working or is very slow…

If for some reason you lose your connection to WaupacaOnline, please try the following troubleshooting techniques.

  • Reboot your computer. We always recommend that you do this as carefully as possible. Windows users should do a Start-Shutdown-Restart. Shutting power off or pushing the reset button while Windows is still up is not a recommended or safe procedure.
  • If rebooting your computer does not work then try to power cycle your antenna. This can be done by disconnecting the power cord from the DC Injector. The DC injector is located either about 1 foot from the end of the cable that is connected to the WAN port of your router or the Ethernet port on your computer. The power cord is a black cord that is plugged into the top of the injector, it is not the cord that has a phone-like jack. Wait 5 seconds and plug it back in. Wait another 10 seconds and try the internet again.
  • Power Cycle your router.
  • If this does not correct your problem, please call us at 715-942-9919.

Why do you charge a setup fee?

The setup fees helps us to recoup the costs of adding a new customer. Each customer added to our system needs an antenna, radio and labor to install these items. The setup fee is payable up front in one payment or in even payments over your first three bills. Most internet services, whether wireless, DSL or Cable, typically charge a setup fee.

What is this monthly $5 Maintenance/Equipment fee?

We charge this very modest fee each month to all customers. Think of it like an insurance plan. If your provided equipment ever has a malfunction, needs to be upgraded or replaced, it is done at no cost to our customers. If you experience issues with your internet connection our technical staff can come on site to help you correct these issues.

Does Waupaca Online support video streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix?

Waupaca Online does not officially support these services on our network and will not guarantee how well they will work.

We do have customers who successfully use them.

Click Here to view some tips to best view video streaming services on Waupaca Online.

Is the service available for corporate accounts?

Our service is ideal for corporate accounts. We offer dedicated Internet access at a fraction of the cost of most dedicated ISP’s. We also offer a low cost solution for connecting branch offices, “work from home” employees and traveling employees.

How reliable is wireless?

This equipment is very reliable. Broken telephone poles, car crashes, floods or utility workers won’t affect your connection. This wireless networking equipment was developed and used as a low power, high security, high frequency, military communications, and has been commercialized and legalized by Silicon Valley companies. The technology has its own standards just like your modem.

Is the service affected by weather conditions?

No. Unlike some other wireless products that operate in bands that ARE affected by weather, the WAUPACAONLINE.NET Wireless service is unaffected by rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog or atmospheric conditions of any kind, and all of the antenna options are rated for wind loads in excess of 100 mph.

What is the range of the service?

The range of the service will vary depending upon the geographical region. Most towers will have a range from 3-7 miles in radius for remote users. We currently have customers as far as 9.5 miles away but they have installed their own towers to get the height needed. The towers will be able to connect to each other at distances up to 50 miles in some regions.

What speeds are available?

Speeds vary by customer and situation, speeds start at 1Mbps and we have customers who have speeds as high as 25Mbps.  Typical residential customers find 3Mbps to 10Mbps adequate.  The speeds will depend on the endpoint equipment and the strength of signal from the customer to the tower. A real plus for our service is that we support these speeds up and down.

Are there concerns about the safety of wireless?

No. The transceiver actually emits less power than a cellular telephone (sub 1-watt).

How quickly can you get me connected?

A wireless connection can typically be established within 5-7 business days after order. The single greatest reason an installation may take longer is if gaining permission to, and installing the antenna on the roof of the property is required.  Inclement weather is another concern that may delay installation.