The LCWA network consists of one or more leased high speed internet backbone connections that are propagated out to members through a wireless network.
Our Coverage Area
We have a constantly expanding coverage area because, as we grow, we install new access points that members can use. The map below estimates the coverage area for the LCWA network, and shows the current access points in the network. This coverage map is only an estimate—actual signal quality varies based on many factors such as surface structures, vegetation, local interference, equipment selection, and others.
Our network infrastructure consists of several wireless access points (marked on the map above) which transfer data to and from our land lines. To the right is the view of much of our coverage area in Eldorado and Cerrillos from the Vail Access Point (photo by Reiney Brown).
Members connect through one of these access points. A member site consists of a wireless bridge that links a member’s computers to the network via a router. As LCWA membership increases, the bandwidth capacity and availability is increased to meet demand, with the operating cost shared among the members.
In 2015-2017, we upgraded member radios to improve the performance and speed of the network. Actual performance may vary depending on location, overall network utilization, time of day, adverse weather conditions and other circumstances.