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4G Wireless Broadband Internet
in Southwest Minnesota
Frequently Asked Questions
 

Usage

Do I have to sign a binding contract to sign up for synKro service?

No, synKro has no binding contracts and no hidden fees. We fully disclose what you are buying when you are buying it and how much it costs.

 

Check out our Return Policy - 60 day refund guarantee of the service charge from the day of activation of your Unlimited Premium service!

 

How do I pay?

You pre-pay monthly for your service with a credit or debit card that is associated with your synKro account. As a synKro customer you can check your current account status by logging in to your account where you can see your services, your payment history and the next billing date.

 

What are the data usage limits for synKro Unlimited Premium™?

There are no limits! SynKro offers Unlimited Premium Internet service - one flat monthly fee for all the broadband Internet you can use! Also, check out our Accelerated Performance Services™!

 

What are Accelerated Performance Services™ (APS)?

Speed (bandwidth) is just one factor in your broadband Internet experience. If you are like most people, you might be doing many things at the same time: checking email, browsing the web, playing a game, streaming a song or video, etc. APS allow you to take better control of how synKro's 4G network handles your data. By signing up for an APS, you are asking synKro's dynamic network intelligence to optimize your video, game, voice or download so that it goes as smooth as possible maximizing your satisfaction as a user.

 

What does this mean?

It means that we take your Web-Apps experience to a higher level! For instance, if you select an APS for Gaming, you will be truly real time and won't miss any chances to take out your opponent! With the Voice and Video calling APS the picture on your monitor will be as clear as if you were sitting next to each other and so will your voices.

 

What is Unlimited Premium Mobile?

Having a synKro USB modem plugged in to your laptop gives you broadband Internet access anywhere within synKro's mobility coverage area. You can even enjoy your broadband Internet experience in another town, as long as synKro has mobility coverage there.

In some areas there may be a difference between coverage for fixed service and mobile service becuase the USB modem needs to be closer to a base station than an outdoor modem. Please call (507) 649-0018 for more information.

 

What if I need a customized Broadband solution for my business?

SSW offers customized broadband Internet solutions dedicated to your business. Please call (507) 649-0018 for more information.

 

Setup and Security

How do I set it up?

 

It depends on which Unlimited Premium service you have chosen:

Unlimited Premium Fixed service requires an outdoor modem to be placed high up on the outside of your house with a cable pulled inside. The antenna will be pointed toward the base station which will communicate wireless broadband Internet to you. A professional installer will do this for you.

 

Unlimited Premium Mobile service - when the USB modem arrives in your mailbox approximately 2 business days after the purchase, you just plug it into your computer and the world is at your fingertips!

 

How secure is it to surf on the synKro network?

Your synKro connection is very secure. We use 4G state-of-the-art security protocols that protect your communication with the Internet. These are activated automatically and are operating at all times. No one else can "listen in" to your Internet connection.

Coverage and Equipment

How do I know if I am in synKro's coverage area?

Click on the green "Find out where!" button on the home page then click on "Shop" for the service you wish to buy, put in your address in the box on the next page and click the green button below the address field.

 

If you are in the coverage area you will see the Services page and the green "Buy" buttons shows you what services are available for the address you entered.

 

If you are outside of the current coverage area you will see a form that you can fill out and we will contact you when we have expanded the network in your area.

 

You can also call us at (507) 649-0018 and we will check for you.

 

Can I expand my Fixed service to cover my entire home/business?

Yes you can! Just connect the Ethernet cable from the AC Power Adaptor to a a Wi-Fi router and you will have a network for as many users as you want. A Wi-Fi router can be purchased from synKro for $69 and are also available at most computer store and many retailers (Walmart, Target, Best Buy etc).

 

For an even wider area of service, consider our Commercial Service. Synkro will work with you to design and install equipment that can provide a broadband Internet connection to your home, farm outbuildings, garages and even some types of agricultural equipment equipped with an Internet controller. Just enter your address and if you are in our coverage area selected Synkro Premium Unlimited Commercial and we will conduct a no-charge, no-obligation survey of your needs. And it's all under our no-contract Synkro brand.

 

What types of devices can I use on the synKro network?

With a Wi-Fi router connected to the outdoor modem via the Ethernet cable, you can use any type of device with Wi-Fi capabilities (computers, smart phones, iPhones, Android devices, tablets etc.).

 

If you don't have a Wi-Fi router you can purchase one from synKro for $69. They are also available at most computer stores and many retailers (Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy etc.). Or consider our Commercial services.

 

How do I get my synKro device?

Our professional installer will bring the outdoor modem with him when he comes out to install it.The outdoor modem will be attached to the outside of the house and the antenna cable will be pulled inside and it creates an Ethernet connection that your Wi-Fi modem/computer will be connected to.

 

As an option, we will supply you a kit which you can install yourself. You need to be comfortable working on the outside walls and even the roof of your home and have the necessary tools and know-how to run simple low voltage cables from the outdoor unit to the chosen location inside your home.

 

If you order Mobile service a USB Modem will be sent to you, approximately 2 business days after you signed up for service.

 

The USB modem does not require any installation at all, just plug it in to your computer.

 

Can I move my outdoor modem to a new location?

If the move is to another point on the same dwelling, the answer is "yes". The modem has to remain pointed in the exact same direction as it originally was without obstructions between it and the horizon.

 

If you are moving to new address, please call us to arrange assistance with the move and get you back online as soon as possible.

 

Is your service affected by the weather?

Weather has no affect on synKro's 4G service

 

We go to a warmer climate during the winter. Can I suspend my service?

Yes you can! We offer a vacation package that keeps your account active for a low nominal charge for as long as you are gone. Just call us at (507) 649-0018 to arrange a vacation package. There is no other service charge or hidden fees and you can apply any existing prepaid active service to the vacation service charge. During this time, your modem should be turned off. You will be unable to use the Internet until you call us and reactivate your service.

 

Does your service still work during a power outage?

The synkro network is built to the same high standards as other commercial service providers such as cellular and telephone networks. We have our own battery and standby power sources to keep the network running.

 

We do not supply a backup power source for the outdoor modem at your home. If you do have an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for your computer system, be sure to have the SynKro power adapter plugged into the UPS power as well. Then, your Internet connection should be good to go as long as the UPS is active. Our outdoor modem draws less than 30 watts. Your USB modem will work as long as the computer itself.

Troubleshooting

I can't connect to the synKro network at all.

 

If you have an outdoor modem, try these troubleshooting steps:

  1. Make sure your synKro device is powered on at the AC Power adaptor.
  2. Make sure that the cable coming from the modem on the outside of your house is attached to the AC power adapter inside the house/building.
  3. Make sure that you have active synKro service. It may be as simple as to purchase another 30 days of service! If you have access to another Internet connection, log in to your account on www.synkrosouthwest.com and make a payment or call us at (507) 649-0018 and we will help you solve the problem.

If you have an USB Modem, try these troubleshooting steps:

  1. Change the position of your computer. Wireless signals travels through the air and sometimes physical obstructions can interfere with the signal. Near a window may be the best place to be.
  2. If you have access to a different Internet connection, make sure you are in synKro coverage area by entering your current service address at www.synkrosouthwest.com or call us at (507) 649-0018 and we will check for you.
  3. Make sure that you have active synKro service. It may be as simple as to purchase another 30 days of service! If you have access to another Internet connection, log in to your account on www.synkrosouthwest.com and make a payment or call us at (507) 649-0018 and we will help you solve the problem.

If none of this fixes your problem - call us! (507) 649-0018.

 

I can connect, but I just get a web page saying that there is a problem with my account. What does that mean?

Often, the problem is minor, maybe your credit card on file has expired. Just call us (507) 649-0018 and we can get your service going again in no time!

 

My synKro service is slower than normal, what should I do?

There are many factors that may impact your connection speed, including type of browser or operating system, overall network traffic, time of day, additional background applications already running (e.g. streaming media, downloading large files).
 
If you are experiencing consistently slower connection speeds, make sure that all of your connection and security software is up to date.
 
Run the standard maintenance programs for your PC, including scanning for viruses, spyware and malware. To keep your PC running at its best, we recommended that you perform this maintenance every 30 days.

Email account

How can I get a synKro email address?

SynKro does not provide email addresses. We recommend that you get a free email address from Google, Yahoo, Hotmail etc, as your personalized email address where ever you are in the world. Click on one of these links to set up your email address - www.google.com   www.yahoo.com   www.hotmail.com   www.facebook.com

Email account

How can I get a synKro email address?

SynKro does not provide email addresses. We recommend that you get a free email address from Google, Yahoo, Hotmail etc, as your personalized email address where ever you are in the world. Click on one of these links to set up your email address - www.google.com   www.yahoo.com   www.hotmail.com   www.facebook.com

General

How do I get my bill?

You will not get a traditional bill, instead you will see your charges when you log in to your account and click on the "My Services" tab. You will be charged for all your services the same date every month. The date is determined by the date that your Unlimited Premium service was first activated - not when it was ordered.

 

How do I cancel my subscription?

Just call us at (507) 649-0018 and we will cancel your service. If you are a Unlimited Premium Fixed subscriber, we will make arrangements to come and unistall the outdoor modem. If you have Mobile service you keep the modem you bought when you signed up for service.

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Phone - (507) 649-0018, Mon-Fri between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.