Castroville, the Little Alsace of Texas, received its name because Henri Castro and a group of colonists from Alsace, France founded the town, which is located near San Antonio in the Medina River Valley. During a visit to Castroville, you can take a walking tour of historical sites or attend one of the events held throughout the year -- the spring tour of historic homes, for example. Residents of Castroville can choose from several options for high-speed Internet service, including DSL, broadband and satellite.
AT&T; provides high-speed Internet service to Castroville with a DSL connection through your phone line. Downstream speeds are from up to 768K to up to 6 Mbps. AT&T;'s DSL speeds are from 13 times to 100 times faster than the speed of dial-up Internet service. Basic Wi-Fi service lets you connect your laptop to an AT&T; hot spot when you are within 150 feet of it. AT&T; high-speed DSL Internet includes home networking capability, 11 email accounts and parental controls.
HughesNet provides high-speed satellite Internet service to Castroville with download speeds from 1 Mbps to 2 Mbps, upload speeds from 200 Kbps to 300 Kbps and download allowances from 200 MB to 400 MB. A download allowance is the amount of data you can download in a rolling 24-hour period without experiencing reduced download speeds. You can lease or purchase the equipment, which has a 24-month limited warranty. HughesNet service includes technical support, up to 10 email accounts, spam and virus filtering and installation of a satellite antenna and an HN9000 modem by a certified installer.
WildBlue provides high-speed satellite Internet service to Castroville with download speeds from 512 Kbps to 1.5 Mbps, upload speeds from 128 Kbps to 256 Kbps, a download threshold from 7,000 MB to 17,000 MB and an upload threshold from 2,300 MB to 5,000 MB. The threshold is a limit that WildBlue sets for the amount of data you can upload or download within a 30-day rolling period. If you exceed the threshold, WildBlue may reduce your speed temporarily. File transfer speeds are up to 30 times faster than dial-up file transfer speeds. WildBlue high-speed Internet service includes anti-virus and anti-spyware software and professional installation of a 26-inch minidish and a modem.
CenturyLink provides high-speed broadband Internet service to Castroville with a direct cable connection to the CenturyLink fiber-optics network. Speeds, which are from 768 Kbps to 10 Mbps, are consistent because of the direct connection. You can choose add-ons to customize your Internet service. A security suite protects your computer from viruses. A PC backup service backs up your files remotely and lets you access them from any computer. PC protection helps you avoid computer problems and breakdowns. A digital music store lets you listen to music anywhere.
Rock Solid provides high-speed wireless DSL Internet service to Castroville through a small antenna that the installer places on your rooftop. Download speeds are from 2 Mbps to 15 Mbps and upload speeds from 384 Kbps to 1524 Kbps. Rock Solid's wireless DSL Internet speeds are from 100 times to 300 times faster than the speed of dial-up Internet service. You need to purchase or rent equipment from Rock Solid and use an asymmetric digital subscriber line, or ADSL, modem which you can purchase from Rock Solid or from another company. Most Internet service providers use ADSL connectivity. Since it uses wires already laid for phone service, ADSL is an inexpensive way to distribute Internet connectivity, and its data transmission is faster than DSL.
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