At Common, we’re rethinking the problem from scratch – building a high-speed network powered by local connections. We use wireless 5G hardware to connect more people at faster speeds, without lengthy construction projects or digging up yards.
For many neighborhoods, this means a radically better way to get online. And we’re passionate about fairness and transparency – no hidden fees, no data caps. As a company, we’re dedicated to doing right for the communities we serve.
From laptops to rooftops, we’re looking for experts to help us pioneer the next generation of home internet access.
What we do
Common Networks is a wireless 5G home internet provider that brings fiber- class speeds to communities across the country. Founded in 2016, the company is based in San Francisco, and has raised more than $34 million in funding from notable partners including General Catalyst, Eclipse Ventures, and Lux Capital.
Common has found a way to build 5G networks more quickly and cheaply than the competition.
Who we are
Our founding team comes from Square, and is complemented by a team with deep technology and telecommunications experience from companies like Google, Uber, AT&T, and Vivint.
We are backed by top venture capital firms
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Home by home, block by block
We’re developing a new decentralized model for high-speed networking – using wireless hardware, smart software, and graph-based networking to pioneer the next generation of home internet access.
When a customer joins our network, their home wirelessly receives signals from nearby rooftop hardware. And their equipment can also relay signals to other homes, expanding coverage and access for their neighbors.
Versus a traditional hub-and-spoke wireless network, our graph-based approach means more people can access a high-speed connection, with only a few sites needing to be directly connected to a fiber source.
Cutting edge cord cutting
Over the last decade, wireless technology has gotten faster, cheaper, and smaller (our cell phones are a daily reminder). But until recently, these improvements haven’t impacted how we get online at home.
We believe that unlicensed wireless bands are critical for the next generation of access. Using a combination of microwave and millimeter wave technology (5 GHz and 60 GHz), our wireless data speeds can finally be on par with wired connectivity.
To develop our hardware, we take advantage of deep supply chains, combining proven off-the-shelf components in an unconventional way. This means reliable and innovative hardware, at a fraction of prior costs.
Built-in air traffic control
Our software helps coordinate everything within our distributed network – balancing traffic, optimizing signal strength, and detecting problems.
Our routing algorithm guarantees that every home takes the best path back to a fiber connection. With smart software running in every home system, we avoid traffic jams, slowdowns, and disruptions.
If something ever goes wrong with your setup, your neighbors’ systems can detect an issue, and work to get you back online – fixing bugs and reconfiguring settings. Literally, help is always next door.
HARDWARE & SOFTWARE
ROOFTOP RADIOS & ANTENNAS
IN-HOME ACCESS POINT
COMMON NETWORKS OUTDOOR ROUTER
ABOUT OUR TECHNOLOGY
Frequently asked questions
What happens if my neighbor turns their power off?
Our network is built with multiple points of redundancy, and customers have more than one path back to the internet. So if your neighbor changes providers or turns off their equipment, our software ensures your home stays connected.
Are the antennas emitting radio waves that are potentially harmful?
Our FCC-approved radios are similar to the 5 GHz antenna in your wifi router and cell phone – but the total transmit power for our antennas is 5-10 times less than your cell phone. Learn more about our technology.
Does the weather affect your wireless signal or equipment?
“Rain fade” is a phenomenon where droplets of water in the air can impact a wireless signal. However, because our signal typically operates on the lower end of the frequency spectrum and is broadcast over relatively short distances, rain fade should not affect the performance of your connection.
How is your equipment powered?
Our equipment is powered from a standard 110V power supply inside your home. All of our equipment draws less power than a standard lightbulb.
What to expect
Once you schedule your appointment, it’ll only take a few hours to get your home connected to our network.
The installation usually takes a couple hours, and we’ll only need you at the beginning and end. Your technician will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Up on the roof
After surveying your home, a technician will install your wireless radio antenna. We’ll make sure it’s securely installed.
Nice and neat
Then we’ll run a cable from the roof through a hole we drill into the inside of your home. We will neatly attach the cable to a downspout when possible.
In your home
This cable will be connected to a discreet box of all necessary hardware (please keep it plugged in).
Everything you need, nothing you don’t
All the speed you could want
Finally, get the speeds you pay for. Smooth streaming, seamless browsing, and symmetrical upload speed – with no data caps and no slow downs.
Reliable service through smart network software
Our self-healing network balances traffic and detects and fixes problems automatically, making sure your connection is strong when you need it.
Internet Service. Key word: service.
Forget long appointment windows and endless hold music. We set you up for success with reliable internet that you won’t have to think about – but if you do need to reach us, our friendly, local team is always ready to help.
You might be wondering
How will I watch the Warriors?
Access all your favorite TV with Common and your preferred streaming service. Our customers report saving over $1,000 per year when they cut the cable cord.
How is Common so affordable?
We use wireless hardware and smart software to bring you the speed you need, without the cost of running wires to each home. The result? Savings we pass on to you.
Is there a catch?
No – we treat our customers like people. We don’t play games with our prices, add tricky fees, or lock you into contracts. We’ll never sell your data or spy on your activity.
We’re proud to serve communities in Northern California – from South Bay suburbs to an island in the East Bay.
Home to a grand art deco movie palace and our favorite antiques faire, we’re proud to say that Alameda is our longest-standing market.
From cherry orchards to fiber networks, San Leandro has a rich history and bright future. We’re excited to bring fiber-class speeds to its residents.
Coming Summer 2020: Oakland
In the coming months, we’ll be expanding to the Adam’s Point and Oak Glen Park neighborhoods in Oakland.
We are actively working with city governments to expand service. Get in touch