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Cox Internet vs. 5G Home Internet

5G cell signals can power home internet service, but Cox Internet can deliver faster speeds*

A 5G cell signal must travel from a cell phone tower/mobile hub to reach the modem, router or internet gateway in your home, while Cox’s fiber-based service uses in-ground wiring to deliver a more stable internet connection with faster speeds and competitive prices.

What is 5G?

5G stands for “fifth generation,” the most recent version of cellular/mobile technology. Although 5G is a cellular/mobile technology, it can also be used to deliver internet service to a residence.

The two types of 5G services

  • Mobile
  • Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) – also referred to as “5G home internet”

5G vs. 5 Gbps and 5 GHz

It’s important to note that 5G is different than 5 Gbps (5 gigabits per second, which is an internet speed) and 5 GHz (a setting you might see on your wifi router).

What is 5G home internet?

5G home internet uses nearby cellular towers/mobile hubs to send a signal to the modem, router or internet gateway in your home, and that cellular signal powers your home internet service. The speed and reliability of that signal can be influenced by several factors, from how far it needs to travel to reach your home to objects that might stand in the way.

Factors that can influence the speed and reliability of 5G home internet service

It’s one thing to see 5G technology in action on your mobile phone, providing your one device with a cellular signal while you’re moving around in the world. It’s another thing to see it in action powering your at-home internet connection. At home, 5G’s speed and reliability can depend on several factors, including but not limited to:

 

  • Trees

  • Windows

  • Buildings, including nearby homes

  • The presence of materials like concrete and metal

  • The number of devices and users needing simultaneous internet access in your home

  • Placement of the modem, router, or internet gateway in your home

  • The number of users connected to the cell tower/mobile hub, especially during peak times. Think of neighbors who are working from home and watching movies at the same times as you.

  • Cellular technology/speeds available in your geographic location

How is Cox Internet different than 5G home internet?

Cox’s reliable, fiber-based network can deliver internet speeds that are faster than 5G providers’*, without the potential risk of unknowns associated with reliance on a cellular tower/mobile hub for service.  

With Cox, internet speeds go up to 1 gig (1,000 Mbps) and availability extends to 99% of homes in its serviceable areas. Cox also offers access to more than three million wifi hotspots and includes McAfee Security Suite Plus, both of which are no additional charge at every level of internet service.

Even better, Cox Internet customers with Panoramic Wifi — wall-to-wall service aimed at eliminating wifi coverage gaps in a home — can rest assured that all network-connected devices receive automatic software updates to maintain protection against online threats. These customers have the option to upgrade their wifi equipment every three years to ensure that they have Cox’s most up-to-date internet security capabilities. 

What’s faster, Cox Internet or 5G home internet?

Cox Internet is the faster and more reliable option, and can deliver speeds up to 1 gig (1,000 Mbps)*. These fast speeds power more connected devices in the home. In comparison, most 5G home internet services typically deliver speeds from 100 Mbps up to 300 Mbps** — with speeds varying based on your service; the location of the modem, router or internet gateway in your home; and potentially the time of day you’re trying to get online.

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Cox Internet: The right solution for access, speed and reliability

Cox takes the guesswork out of connectivity by providing you with a stable, reliable internet connection.

Today’s connected world has moved so much of our lives online. There’s no need to count on a cell tower/mobile hub and the potential unknowns that come with cellular-based internet service. There’s a fast, reliable connection available via Cox Internet Gigablast, the internet service that delivers for you. 

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*Based on Cox Gigablast download speeds of up to 1 Gbps compared to average download speeds delivered over a 5G connection. Individual results may vary.

**Select 5G home internet service providers offer faster service in very limited areas.

A note about pricing

Offers expire 09/26/22 and are available to residential customers in Cox service areas. Prices exclude taxes, surcharges, usage-based charges, certain equipment, and other fees or charges, which are subject to change. If your package includes internet, promotional period runs from first installation of Internet service, even if you change speeds. After promotional periods, regular rates apply. Pricing, packages, and policies are subject to change. Other restrictions may apply. "No term agreement" means no minimum term period requirement and no early termination fees. A credit check and/or deposit may be required. May not be combined with other offers or discounts. Advertised rate and taxes vary by service location. Not all services available everywhere.

Next-day delivery

Limited availability and delivery area. Available to customers in pre-wired residences placing orders for Cox Internet, TV and Voice services. Orders must be placed by 1PM local time Monday-Friday. Easy Connect only; additional fee may apply for technician visit after failed self-installation. Offer excludes Homelife installation.

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About internet service

Use of a Cox-approved DOCSIS 3.0 or higher cable modem is required for internet service. (Gigablast and Ultimate service require 3.1). WiFi equipment meeting the 802.11ac standard is required for optimal wireless Ultimate and Gigablast performance. Internet delivered through Cox’s hybrid fiber-coax network. For current download/upload speeds for all Cox Internet tiers, visit the Speeds and Data Plans page. Uninterrupted or error-free internet service, or the speed of your service, is not guaranteed. Actual speeds may vary based on type of equipment used, environmental and structural conditions in your home, number of users and other factors. Maximum available speeds may vary depending on service area. For more information on Cox Internet, see Cox Internet Service Disclosures

About data

All Cox Internet plans include 1.25 TB (1280 GB) per month of data usage. In your area, we don’t currently charge fees for exceeding data plans.

All Cox Internet plans include 1.25 TB (1280 GB) per month of data usage. Additional Data Plans can be added for an additional monthly charge. Excess usage is $10 per additional 50 GB block. Unused data does not roll over. For more details on data plans and data usage, see cox.com/dataspeedplans and cox.com/datausage.

Existing customer pricing

Rates, and/or when applicable, term agreements, may differ from those presented here as a result of customer’s existing account features, such as pricing, bundles, term agreements, or service address. Applicable monthly service charges, installation, additional equipment, taxes, trip charges and other fees may apply. Rate subject to increase if any prerequisite service is downgraded or canceled. All prices and packages are subject to change. Subject to credit approval. Other restrictions may apply.

About Advanced Security

Requires Technicolor CGM4141 or Arris TG1682 Panoramic Wifi Gateway; Panoramic Wifi customers with other models may click here to upgrade device at no additional cost.

**About making changes to your plan

Additional services can be added at then-current regular rates. Rates and discounts subject to change when adjusting or removing services or equipment.

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