See below for an introductory description from 2004. Current rates are $49/mo., and there is no installation charge or contract. We also now have the ability to stream video. The charge for that higher volume option is $15/mo. You can reach us at 415-388-5400. Thanks.
Muir Beach LAN
Local High Speed Internet Access Effort
After 6 months of development and setup, and with great help from
our neighborhood, Leighton and Sigward are happy to announce MUIR
BEACH'S very own local broadband network for high-speed Internet
service - Muir Beach LAN (Local Area Network) – now up and
We now have a high-speed Internet signal transmitted wirelessly
to a neighbor’s rooftop at the top of Muir Beach, and the
signal is then distributed (also wirelessly) to five other rooftop
locations throughout Muir Beach. To connect, you use a very small
receiver (3"x3") that we can install either inside your
house or on the outside. A standard Ethernet cable then runs from
the receiver to your computer(s). The service uses no phone lines
or satellite dishes.
Your connection will be a multiple of what you have now. No more
waiting for pages to download – at 5,000K (compared to 28K
for dialup) it takes less than 10 seconds to download a 1 MB file.
No more enduring the issues that several of us have had with satellite
Internet – weather problems and long latency delays. None
of the high expense ($100+ per month) of other “high”-speed
We are still making adjustments to this new LAN network so we can’t
guarantee that you won’t sometimes have to use an alternative
access. We recommend therefore that you keep an existing dialup
account (which also keeps your existing email address) as a backup.
Many ISPs offer a low-volume dialup option at $9.95 per month, which
can be used both for backup access and while traveling.
Installation & Cost
Note: There is now no installation cost.
We can provide all you need. Hardware will be provided at our cost
(which includes a discount for us buying in volume). Equipment runs
from $68 to $190 depending upon how far your house is from the nearest
antenna (or due to tree obstructions) and whether an interior or
exterior installation is required for a reliable connection.
Installations are by a Muir Beach college student, Leighton’s
son, Gage, home on summer vacation until mid-August. Installation
involves configuring the hardware, mounting the receiver on the
outside of the house if necessary, and setting up your computer
for the new connection, including useful anti-virus and security
safeguards. Payment directly to Gage is $50 for installation inside
the home, or $100 if an exterior installation is required.
We plan to charge $25 per month for this high-speed Internet service
- quite a bit lower than for similar high-speed service (and it
doesn’t tie up or use a phone line) and still enough to cover
our substantial costs of equipment and service.
Installations dates are available now, and more than 25 neighbors
have already hooked up. Our chief (and sole) installer, Gage Hills,
returns to college on August 14, so getting signed up for an installation
soon will be good for both you and for him. To schedule an installation
or for more information, call 415-388-5400.
Leighton and Sigward