Michigan Signal fiber is an Internet service provider (ISP) serving Livingston County, Michigan. We offer gigabit internet with speeds that are up to 1,000 times faster than the average residential connection in the U.S.
Gigabit internet can improve how you work and play on the internet in your daily life. You’ll no longer have to wait for frequent video buffering, and website downloads will be much faster because all our plans are symmetrical (meaning download and upload speeds are the same). From productivity at the office to watching your favorite streaming provider at home, MiSignal will make your old internet feel like dial-up.
We price fiber internet based on how much bandwidth you need. We offer residential speeds of 1 Gigabit (which is 1,000 Mbps).
Pricing for residential service starts at $50/mo. for new customers referred by current customers or pre-construction area orders. Standard service is $70/mo.
For business service, prices start at $90/mo. All service based on usage. For businesses you can buy as much as a 10 Gigabit connection. Please see our Business service page for more information. Also noteworthy for business owners and property managers, non-published Early Bird Signup specials are available. Please contact us at 517-234-3434 and ask for Josh.
The average residential internet connection in the United States is about 10 megabits per second (Mbps). MiSignal provides speeds up to 10,000 Mbps over a fiber-optic infrastructure. Many Internet service providers deliver service over older and slower copper phone or cable lines, MiSignal will bring fiber-optic cables directly into your building. By bringing fiber closer to you and powering it with the latest networking gear, we can deliver amazingly fast internet.
Gigabit speeds are the future of the Internet. You can download an entire iTunes album in under a second, download six 4k movies in under five minutes or save your entire hard drive to the cloud in seconds.
When we say “fiber” we’re talking about our gigabit internet; up to 1,000 times faster than the residential average. We use fiber-optic cables to deliver our internet; data travels at the speed of light to get to you faster than ever before. We use fiber all the way from our data center to your home so there are no interruptions or slowdowns.
Not a chance! We want you to have an awesome experience so we won’t put data caps on your use, and there are no caps or limits to the amount of data you can send or receive.
We are working hard to bring services online to as many areas as possible. Currently, we’re focused on Livingston County areas. Check your address to see if Michigan Signal is available at your location.
New to Fiber? Here are some fun facts:
Instead of copper wire, fiber-optic is glass wire thinner than a human hair. These strands of optical fiber are extremely pure, having fewer impurities and imperfections than the glass in your windowpanes. All these fibers are bundled together and sheathed in Kevlar and an outer jacket often made of PVC. Data is transmitted as light and can reach speeds near light speed as the light moves through the optical cables.
Fiber-optic cable sends data as light much faster than anything copper can manage. While copper can be very fast, up to 1 Gbps, it can only manage this for a short distance of about 100 meters before the data sent decays. Fiber-optic cable can send data at speeds greater than 10 Gbps over many miles before losing data. If you need a lot of data and speed over long distance, fiber-optic cable is the best solution available today.
Bandwidth is transmission capacity. In other words, it is the amount of information (data) that can be transmitted within a frame of time, such as per second. Your ISP (Internet Service Provider) will tell you how fast your internet connection is by telling you the bandwidth of your service plan. For example, 100 Mbps (100 megabits per second) meaning that in one second, you can download up to 100 megabits of data. This means that the more you are downloading, the more bandwidth you use. If you download a lot of data, such as streaming movies, gaming, or working online, you need more bandwidth. If you download very little data, then you need less. The more devices you connect to your home network (Smart Phones & Apps, Smart TVs, Computer tablets, desktops/laptops, etc.) the more bandwidth you need to service all those data requests.
As an ISP (Internet Service Provider) we will express internet connection speed something like this: 100 Mbps. What does that mean? It means that you can download up to 100 megabits per second. You might see 1,000 Mbps or 1 Gbps or 1 gigabit per second (these all are the same speed). Sometimes, however, you might see or hear the term byte instead of bits. What’s the difference? What’s a bit and a byte, what’s a mega and a giga?
A byte is equal to 8 bits. Bits are considered the smallest size of data that is transmitted.
Meanwhile, it takes 1,024 kilobits to make one megabit, and 1,024 megabits to make 1 gigabit. So, if you are getting a 1 Gbps connection, that’s a whopping 1,024 Mbps. That’s a lot of speed! And remember, those are bits, not bytes.
Wireless internet is better than no connection at all, but it has several problems. It is slower than wired connections, has shorter range, loses signal strength over distance and in adverse weather conditions, and unscrupulous people can hack into your signal. Even the latest 5G networks have problems. 5G uses high frequency signals that struggle with penetrating windows and walls and even thick foliage. Then there’s signal interference from other over-the-air signals.
On the other hand, wired internet is protected from external influences like bad weather or other over-the-air signals. Fiber-optic cables can send enormous amounts of data over very long distances with almost no loss of signal strength. Unlike wireless transmission, fiber-optic systems are impossible to hack without cutting into the cable itself. Not even copper is as secure, since copper wires can be tapped without users ever knowing, but cutting into a fiber cable will create signal disruptions that are relatively easy to trace and then fix.
If you are worried about reliable connections, faster more consistent speeds and security, fiber-optic is the best solution available today.
Fiber-optic internet sends data faster than basic coaxial cable. It’s delivered on a dedicated line, which facilitates more consistent speed than cable. It is immune to many of the conditions that cable internet is susceptible to. Fiber-optic internet is less likely to go down during a power outage.
- Greater Bandwidth. Copper cables were originally designed for voice transmission and have a limited bandwidth.
- Faster Speeds. Fiber-optic cables have a core that carries light to transmit data.
Light moves very fast (186,000 miles per second, to be specific), enabling speeds up to 1,000 Megabits (one Gigabit) per second on fiber-optic networks — almost 100 times faster than the U.S. broadband average of 11.7 Megabits per second.
The “optic” in fiber-optic cable refers to light. The cords inside a fiber-optic cable are special because they can channel light from one end to the other. That means photons are carrying information instead of electrons. Now these photons aren’t moving at full speed since light slows down when it’s not in a vacuum, but they’re still much faster than electrons.
WiFi uses radio waves to send and receive signals from your wireless router. These radio waves connect your devices to the internet. WiFi transmits at frequencies of 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz. Generally, the faster the frequency, the faster the data transmission.
Michigan Signal’s WiFi is a dual band device, offering both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi frequencies. If you don’t know what that means, that’s fine, because Michigan Signal WiFi takes care of that for you. Unlike some routers that have two separate WiFi networks (one for the 2.4 GHz band and another for the 5 GHz band) or older routers with just a 2.4 GHz band, Michigan Signal’s WiFi works to select the band that will deliver the best performance for your device.
A router works like a central hub. The internet sent to your house runs into a router, and the router routes that signal to various devices in your home.
A wireless router can route internet signals wirelessly, providing your wireless devices, such as your smart phone, with internet access. With a traditional router, all wireless traffic on your devices relies on that single point of access (the router)—instead of the multiple points you’d get with a wireless mesh network. The reach of a traditional router is limited by the size of the built-in antennas, and density of walls can often interfere with the signal. You can use an extender to give you a little more “reach,” but it may not always cover some corners of your home.
An extender does exactly that: It extends your WiFi signal range by repeating the WiFi signal of your wireless router. An extender typically creates a new WiFi network, requiring you to switch your device between networks.
A mesh network uses multiple access points that communicate with each other to give your whole home seamless WiFi coverage. A mesh network provides you with further reach than you’d get with a single traditional router.
We cannot provide support with your setup if you use your own router. That’s why we only recommend using your own router if you’re already comfortable with it.
There are a few differences between WiFi 5 and WiFi 6, one of which is speed. WiFi 6 delivers wireless speed that’s 30% faster than WiFi 5.
Even if your devices are not have WiFi 6 compatible, thanks to the tri-band Mesh Extender and capacity of 1 Gig, you can use more devices without interference, and your devices may even be able to have longer battery lives.
If I use my own router and decide I’d like to use Michigan Signal’s WiFi down the line, can I still get Michigan Signal’s WiFi device?
Absolutely! However, you might want to hold on to your old router in case you want to switch back to it.
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