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 My internet is really slow! I thought I was supposed to get a gig of speed (1000Mbps). Why do I get less than that when I run speed tests on my device? 

When it comes to internet speed it is really important to understand wireless vs. wired connections.

The equipment in the Shutesbury network is designed to communicate with the ONT (the fiber modem in your home) at about 1000 Mbps (1 Gig). This means 800-950Mbps of bandwidth will reach your home on the mainline wired network.

After this very fast bandwidth reaches your home, it gets distributed throughout your home by the wireless router. If you stand directly next to your router with your device and run a speed test using sites such as or you will likely see speeds above 500 Mbps.

When you move away from the router, the speed will reduce. The wireless signal (WiFi speed) is affected by many variables such as:

-the WiFi adapter on your device

-the processing speed of your device

-the distance and physical barriers (walls, floors, furniture, windows) between your device and the router.

-the conditions on the wider internet.

-which wireless band your device is using

-the browser you are using

If you get a slow speed test please don’t assume the overall service is slow! The appropriate bandwidth is likely reaching your home but then is slowed down by your-in home network and conditions.

Here is how to accurately measure the internet speed coming into your home.

1. Connect your laptop or computer directly to one of the 4 ports on the back of the Linksys router with an Ethernet cable. If your internet device does not have an Ethernet port, adapters can be purchased for many wireless-only devices.

Do not use a wireless device or connection to make this measurement. Remember, there are too many variables with wireless devices and test results will be inconsistent.

2. Download the stand-alone Ookla Speed Test application and put it on your device.  Do not use a browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Explorer, etc.) to run the Ookla test.

3. Launch the Ookla application. Set or change the Server listed in the Ookla application to SELCO in Shrewsbury, MA.

4. Click on GO and view the speed test results, which should consistently be in the 800-950mbps range for both upload and download.

5. You can also run this test by connecting your Ethernet cable directly to the ONT. Test results will be about the same for both the router and the ONT.

If you run this test and get less than 800mbps consistently, please call Customer Support to report it and get assistance. One of the first things they will do is check your most recent max output on Optical Network Terminal (ONT). This is the little black box about the size of a deck of cards installed where the internet signal enters your home. The max output will indicate if there is a device in the home capable and obtaining the provided speeds and will confirm the promised speeds are entering the home. 

What happens to the signal beyond the ONT through the router is “in-home” support for devices and there are limits to the support that our Customer Support can supply for individual devices. They will supply basic device troubleshooting and help you to check your router settings. If you need additional help with your individual home setup and personal devices beyond what our support can offer, we highly recommend that you hire a home networking specialist to assist you.

Whether or not you perform the wired speed test above, here are steps you can take to improve the speeds on your wireless devices.

-Check your device’s capability and make sure the electronics and software you’re using are optimized for the higher speeds. Older devices may "top out" at a certain speed. Having very fast internet speeds doesn't mean old devices will perform faster if they are limited by their processors. Older Wifi adapters and ethernet ports often can't handle more than 100 Mbps.

-If you log in to a VPN (virtual private network) check if that's affecting your speeds by logging out of your VPN and testing speeds again. With so many people working from home, a VPN is often used to connect to workplace networks and can slow your connection since rarely do VPNs perform at gigabit speeds. (If you don't know what a VPN is then it is highly unlikely you are using one and can skip this step!)

-Check which wireless router band you're connected to. If you see more than one network (SSID) name appended with a "5" or "2.4", try connecting to the other one and test to see if that improves the speed. 5GHz provides faster data rates at a shorter distance. 2.4GHz offers coverage for farther distances, but may perform at slower speeds.

-Move your device closer to the router to see if the speeds increase and so are affected by the distance from the router.  If distance is a factor you can:

a)Buy a WiFi range extender to boost the router's wireless signal to rooms where you have a slow connection such as third floors or rooms distant from the router. These devices are small and plug into anywhere there is an electrical outlet and cost between $20 - $60 for a basic model. At your local retailer or online ask for a "WiFi extender." We recommend a Linksys model since that's the type of router you have, but most models will work with any router.

b)Move your router to a more centralized location in your home so it gets closer to all your devices. Use a long ethernet (CAT6) cable to do this. Please don't move the ONT.

c)Hardwire with ethernet (CAT6) cable directly to the router. Each router comes with four ethernet ports to allow for direct connections to bypass using wireless altogether. Direct connections to your router will give you the fastest and most reliable speeds because it will not rely on the wireless signal.

If these steps are too confusing for you, ask a neighbor or friend/family member who is good with technology to help you! Our Customer Support can also assist with basic speed troubleshooting.

TIPS for Broadband During Power Outages

During widespread power outage ShutesburyNET will stay active. The power lines are above our fiber optic cable on the utility poles, and so in most cases the power lines get taken out by falling trees but our lines will remain intact. Fiber optic cable is very sturdy and continues to work when it's on the ground, buried or even immersed in water. We have a 24/7 backup generator to run our network during power outages but if you want your equipment to continue running in your home, here are some important things to know:

If you got the CyberpowerUPS (battery backup) unit during installation your phone connection will stay active for about 8 hours. However, wireless telephones that require AC power to function will not work, but older analogue (Ma Bell) telephones will continut to work as they always have, provided they are plugged into your ONT. (The ONT is the little black box about the size of a deck of cards. See below for a picture of this if you’re unsure). Remember to plug the phone plug back into the ONT after the power comes back. The more you use your phone during a power outage, the more it will drain the UPS so be conservative!

If you didn't buy a UPS during installation and now want one, look for "UPS" or "Uninterruptible Power Supply" for computers and networks. You will need a UPS unit to power BOTH the ONT and the Linksys router if you want your whole home network to continue working because the router is what distributes the signal throughout your home to all your devices. See more below about how to replace or get a new UPS.

So, when you buy a UPS consider how many devices you'll be planning to plug into it and how long you want the stored up power to last. Bigger can be better if you want continuous temporary power for your in-home network - especially if you plan on doing things like recharging your phone or other device as well!  Unless you get a very robust UPS you likely won't be able to run the whole network in your home for more than a few hours.

And remember, we have a generator running our electronics hut at the town hall so even if power goes out townwide, our network will stay active as long as the network connection to your home is intact. There is also another generator that powers essential services in the town hall building. And so, you can always use the WiFi guest network in the Town Hall parking lot if you get desperate (provided our mainline connection to the World Wide Web has not been damaged during the outage).


I'm moving into a home in Shutesbury that already has service installed. How do I activate it?

Call Customer Support and tell them you need an account set up for yourself at the address. Be sure to tell them the home already has service installed and you just need an account switch - not a brand new installation. There is a $49.95 activation fee for new services.

If the home you're moving into does NOT already have service (or you don't know) then let Customer Support know this when you call so they can help you with the next steps of arranging for a brand new installation. For a brand new installation the fiber has to be brought from the curb to your home and interior home equipment (see below) needs to be installed.

Brand new installations must be paid for by the homeowner and can be quite expensive, averaging around $700. In an effort to make new installations affordable the town municipal network services will pay $300 to help offset the costs. In the case that a total installation cost is less than $500, the homeowner must pay the first $200 and the town will pay the rest. This policy ensures we retain consistency and fairness with all residents since everyone paid at least $200 during the initial installation period when the network was being built. Again, if you're looking for a new installation give Customer Support a call and tell them you are looking for a new service connection! They can tell you if your home is already connected and just an activation fee is needed OR they will set up an appointment for a site visit so they can provide a quote for your brand new installation.

Do I have to cancel my Verizon/ATT or whatever carrier's phone service I had before that phone was transferred to the new service?

When your phone number gets ported over to our service, the cancellation of your service with the prior carrier (and DSL if you had it) should happen automatically. However, many people have reported they continue to receive bills from Verizon. We're recommending that everyone check to make sure they don't continue to be charged after the the switch happens. Give your carrier a call after your installation to check to make sure all services with them have been cancelled and if you pay bills electronically, double check to make sure they're not still withdrawing bill payments from your bank account if you've switched your phone service from Verizon to ShutesburyNET.

I am moving out of my home or apartment. What do I do with my equipment?

If you are moving out of your home please leave ALL of the equipment so the next resident who moves into your home can use it. All you need to do is cancel your account with Customer Service for the day you're moving out and leave the equipment where it is.

The new resident will just need to call Customer Service to set up their account for activation the day they move in. There is a $49.95 activation fee.

Note that if the account sits dormant for more than 90 days there is a $175 reactivation fee. If your home has been (or will be) on the market and empty for longer than 90 days please be sure to let the new owners/renters know about this additional charge so they are not surprised. You can also avoid the fee by paying a $35/mo account suspension fee while the home is empty.

I've read all these FAQs and still have a question. What do I do?

The Customer Service line (contact information above) is your best resources for any technical issues, questions about your equipment, service problems or billing issues. If you have a question, concern or complaint about something else you can contact the MLP board of directors. This is the group of elected town officials and one part-time manager responsible for overseeing our municipally-owned broadband network. Email to or leave a message in our mailbox: 413-345-2855. We do our best to respond to all questions within 2 business days.

What will actually get installed in/on my home?

Outside your home near to where your current utilities enter the home a small gray plastic clamshell box will be attached. This is called the NID (Network Interface Device) and it is where the fiber optic cable will enter your home. It is about the same size as the box on your home now for your phone service. One cable will run from the NID to the inside of your home (a hole may need to be drilled for this by the installer).

Inside the home, you will have an ONT (Optical Network Device) and a wireless router placed near each other. These will be optimally located in a central spot so the wireless signals can reach throughout your home. The ONT is about the size of a deck of cards and the router is about the size of a small cereal box. The router is the piece of electronics that will broadcast the broadband signal throughout your home so you can wirelessly connect all your devices (computers, laptops, iPads, phones, TVs, etc) to the internet.

If you've chosen the option, you'll also get at UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply). This is a heavy black box about the size and weight of two bricks put together.




















Where will the router and ONT go inside my home?

The installers are trained to work with you to find the best placement for the inside the home electronics. Things like the size of your home, wall thickness, electrical outlet locations, and aesthetics for the location can be considered when you are working with your installer to decide where to locate the electronics.

 If you have concerns about minimizing your family's exposure to wireless wavelengths you can work with your installer to locate the router in a room that is not typically occupied, like the basement or utility room or storage closet.


What is the make and model of the equipment you'll provide?

You will get a Calix 803G Optical Network Terminal and a Linksys EA7300 AC1750 MU-MIMO Gigabit WiFi Router.

This is a good quality gigabit router which you will own. Click HERE for more information about your router.

 Can I instead use my own router?

Yes, you can install your own router if you wish and decline the router offered on installation day. This will not reduce the installation cost.

How do I turn off the wireless network in my home?

By default your wireless network is on all the time. If you want to shut off your network you have three options:

1) Turn off the power switch on the router. When you want it activated again, it will take 2-5 minutes to re-establish connections with all internet devices once it is turned back on. Turning off the router will not interrupt your phone service. Please do not turn off the ONT.

2) Use the router’s Wireless Scheduler feature to turn your router on and off automatically during specific times during each day or week. The Wireless Scheduler is located in the WiFi Settings menu. See the router manual (or this Help Page ) for more information.

3) Hardwire all devices in your home so you’re not using the wireless signal at all for your home network. Do this by connecting all devices using Ethernet cables to the four ports available in the back of your router. If you have more than four devices, you can add more ports with adapters. Then, turn off the wireless signal in your router.  1) Open up a web browser on your device (computer, phone, tablet, etc)
2) Enter the address in the address bar
3) Under Access Router enter the password admin and click Sign In
4) Click WiFi setup icon.
5) Move the two sliders beside the 2.4 and 5 Ghz bands to the OFF position.
6) Click the Apply button. Confirm your choice. Click OK and then the router will disable both WiFi band signals.

I have some rooms far away from the router and the signal isn't very good. What do I do?

You can buy a WiFi range extender to boost the router's wireless signal to rooms where you have a slow connection such as third floors and rooms distant from the router. These devices are small and plug into anywhere there is an electrical outlet and cost between $30 - $80 for a basic model. We recommend a Linksys model since that's the type of router you have, but most models will work with any router.

What's the difference between the 2.4 and 5 numbers in my network names?

Depending on how your router was set up, you may see two network names. The numbers in the name refer to the channel frequency (gigahertz (GHz)). The primary differences between the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz wireless frequencies are range and bandwidth. 5GHz provides faster data rates at a shorter distance. 2.4GHz offers coverage for farther distances, but may perform at slower speeds. Generally it is better to connect to the 5GHz network because it is faster but if you're a long distance from your router or there are a lot of walls, floors or other interference between you and the router the 2.4GHz may be a better option. Some devices will automatically choose which of the frequencies to use. High-data tasks such as WiFi voice calling may require you to to use the 5GHz network while other devices such as older printers, only work on the 2.4GHz network. So, if one of your devices isn't working a great first troubleshooting step is to simply connect to the other network.

What if I have data jacks in addition to my phone jacks?

The standard installation for phone wiring only upgrade includes connecting phone jacks. Connected any existing data jack wiring to the router will be an additional installation charge or you can do this work yourself. Be sure to use Cat6 data cable.

How can I allow access to certain devices only during specific times in my household?

Your router comes with “parental controls” which allows you to restrict access to the internet during specific time periods. To set this up, open a web browser and enter into the URL address bar. Password is “admin” for most routers. Enter the router interface and click Parental Controls.

First, change the router's password administrator password (see below) to something only the parents know.

Turn the Enable parental controls to ON. Select the device/s for which you want to restrict access. Choose Specific Times and click Edit. Select the blocks of time to restrict access, such as between 10PM and 7AM for school nights.  See the router manual or this Help Page for more information if needed.

Hint: If you find yourself staying up too late using the internet you can also set these controls for your own computer or TV. It’s not just for parents!

I've taken all the steps above and my device still isn't getting 1000 Mbps, even when wired.

Older WiFi adapters/cards/devices on computers and older phones cannot achieve 1000 Mpbs.
The router provided during our installations is capable of the follow protocols:
                802.11ac up to 1.3 Gbps or 1300 Mbps (5 GHz channel only; latest technology)
                802.11n up to 300 Mbps (2.4 or 5 GHz; still used, very common)
                802.11g up to 54 Mbps (2.4 GHz only, fairly old)
                802.11b up to 11 Mbps (2.4 GHz only, very old)
When the router communicates with your device, it will drop down to the maximum speed supported by your device. So if you have a 802.11n WiFi adapter/card on your computer, you WILL NOT get speeds of 1000 Mbps, even under ideal conditions.
802.11n is still a very common standard, particularly for “low bandwidth” devices (Alexa, most web cams, home automation, etc) and its speed of 300 Mbps is still ridiculously fast -much faster than the vast majority of home hookups, including commercial fiber. So take pride in our 1000 Mbps upper limit, but don’t get worried about achieving it on all your devices. Speeds of 50-100 Mbps will be plenty of speed for most internet tasks. Higher speeds and capacity are ready and waiting for you five or ten years in the future when the technology advances and you upgrade your devices.

My printer or another device doesn't work with my new router. What should I do?

Older devices may have difficulty with the newer routers. The most reliable troubleshooting step is to connect the device directly to the router using an ethernet or USB cable since often it is the wireless signal that is the issue with older devices. You can sometimes fix the issue if you connect to the 2.4 Ghz (slower) bandwidth on your router instead of the faster 5 Ghz band. The 2.4 Ghz band will be plenty to send files to your printer. Not sure what these are? Check out the router manual or this Help Page for how to set up and connect to these two bands.

If you have lots of devices that are not working with the new router, you may want to consider replacing the router that was provided with your installation with one that you know is compatible with your older devices. Using an old router is not recommended as it will cause other bigger issues like overall network slowness.

 How do I see which devices are connected to my home network?

1) Open up a web browser on your device (computer, phone, tablet, etc)
2) Enter the address in the address bar
3) Under Access Router enter the password “admin” and click Sign In
4) Click Network Map in the left navigation menu
5) The screen will show all currently connected devices by name. Note there are two tabs at the top. One for My Network and one for Guest Network.

See the Router Manual link at the bottom of this page for more information.

How do I change my router network password?

1) Open up a web browser on your device (computer, phone, tablet, etc)
2) Enter the address in the address bar
3) Under Access Router enter the password admin and click Sign In
4) Click WiFi Settings in the left navigation menu
5) In the Wi-Fi password field, enter your preferred password. You can
also change the Wi-Fi network name if you choose.
6) Click Apply
7) Click Ok

See the Router Manual link at the bottom of this page for more information.

How do I change my router ADMIN password?

These are instructions to change the access to the router itself. If instead you're looking to change the password you use when getting on to the internet, use the instructions above.

1) Open up a web browser on your device (computer, phone, tablet, etc)
2) Enter the address in the address bar
3) Under Access Router enter the password admin and click Sign In
4) Click Connectivity in the left navigation menu
5) Under the Basic tab, click Edit next to Router Password
6) Type in the new password and Click Apply. Recommended not to use the Hint reminder if you're also setting up parental controls because the hint can make guessing the password easier for those you are trying to restrict access.
7) Click Ok and Apply.

See the Router Manual link at the bottom of this page for more information.

I'm frustrated setting up my equipment in my home. Where can I get help?

It can sometimes take some effort to make all devices in your home work as they should after any technology upgrade such as a brand new computer, an operating system upgrade or in this case, a huge increase in internet speed and a brand new router.

Our Customer Service can help with some issues if you call them, but they will not be able to solve all issues with all devices. As you can imagine, there are thousands of electronic internet-based devices so there is a limit to how much support we can offer. If you can't solve the issue after a call to Customer Service, contact the manufacturer of the device since they will be able to offer specific help for their own devices.

Finally, local computer companies will make house calls (sorry, we're unable to make recommendations for companies on the town website due to ethics rules).

I think ShutesburyNET should do more to support resident's technology. Why don't you offer on-call technicians to come out and fix connection issues with my computer, printer, TV, cell phone and iPad?

It is the responsibility of ShutesburyNET to get an ultra-fast reliable signal to your home. Through our Customer Service vendor we offer complete support to the ONT where the signal enters your home and confirmation that your router is operational. Beyond that, all of the devices and electronics in your own home are your own responsibility to support. It would be great if we could offer free house calls plus robust remote technical support for all of the thousands of electronic devices that might be connected to ShutesburyNET, but this would make the monthly fee costs well over a hundred dollars for each subscriber. In order to keep the costs affordable, our policy is to make sure the signal reaches your home but it is up to you to manage the devices and electronics within your home. In general, we hare following industry best practices in this regard. If you need more help we recommend asking a tech savvy friend or family member for help or hiring a local computer company to come and help with your in-home setup.

How can I get rid of my old electronics I no longer need like computers, routers, TVs and satellite dishes?

The office store Staples in Hadley takes old routers/modems and other electronics for recycling or disposal for free. If you are DirectTV customer you can get a prepaid mailer box to return your DVR box to them. Ask for the mailer over the phone when you cancel the service.

Otherwise the only other option for recycling is the Leverett Transfer Station (LTS). To use the LTS, you must have a sticker which costs $20 and can be obtained at the Shutesbury Town Hall.  Then you pay per item for electronics disposal between $5 for small items like laptops and printers, $10 for regular TVs and up to $20 for TV’s larger than 25”. Complete item lists and pricing is available HERE

For even more information and hours of operation, please visit the Leverett Transfer Station website.

Unfortunately, if Shutesbury collected and held on to everything for Bulky Waste Day next June, it would cost even more to dispose of it.  Gold Circuit E-cycling charges more than the LTS.   (Thanks to the Shutesbury Recycling Committee for this information)


Can you explain the phone options again? 

Since we have limited cell phone coverage in Shutesbury, a Verizon home phone number is how most people get telephone service now. Getting broadband in your home gives you more options.

Option 1) Keep your Verizon landline phone. If you’re happy with your Verizon service and the rates you’re paying for phone service you’re welcome to keep your current service.

Option 2) Transfer your Verizon landline phone number to ShutesburyNET. This is just $13/mo if bundled with internet service and includes voice mail, call waiting, long-distance throughout the US and other standard phone features.The phone jacks throughout your home will not be functional unless you wire them into the ShutesburyNET service, but most people just plug a cordless phone base into the one phone jack that is provided with the equipment in order to have "landline" service throughout their home. ShutesburyNET phone service will not work in a power outage without a battery backup.

Option 3) Get rid of your landline all together and only use your cell phone/s.  If your cell phone has a WiFi calling feature, you may choose to get rid of your landline home phone altogether because you can make calls over your new in-home network. Instead of relying on the cellular phone network, you will be making calls and sending texts over the internet. See more on this below in the question about WiFi Calling.

Option 4) (Recommended for advanced users only) Set up your own VOIP: VOIP stands for "voice over internet protocol." You can set up your broadband connection with a third-party service to make phone calls over your internet connection. Some of them will charge you a monthly fee and for some you can also transfer your phone number to their service. They are totally separate from ShutesburyNET services. Examples of VOIP services are Skype, Vonage, Ooma. (We're not endorsing any of these, just giving them as examples) There is lots of information online about these services if you want to do further research.

Can I get multiple phone lines?

Yes! Each separate line will incur an additional phone service charge. Please contact Customer Service to discus your multiple phone line options.

Can I get rid of my landline phone and just use my cell phone now? Will my cell phone work inside my home?

Yes, if your cell phone has a  WiFi calling feature, you may choose to get rid of your landline home phone altogether because you can make calls over your new in-home network. Instead of relying on the cellular phone network, you will be making calls and sending texts over the internet. Be aware that Emergency 911 service on cell phones is not as robust as that which ShutesburyNet or Verizon would provide over the wired (landline) network.

ShutesburyNET does not replace the service you have with your mobile carrier (like AT&T, Sprint, Verizon). You still need to keep your mobile carrier service so you can continue to make calls when you leave your home.

Can you explain the battery backup? What is it and why do I need it?

Unlike traditional copper analogue phone wires ShutesburyNET requires powered electronics to run. So in the case of a power outage you will not have a dial tone on your phones unless you have backup power going to your ONT (optical network terminal). This is the small black box about the size of a deck of cards that your router and  phone (and/or your whole home phone wiring) will connect into. The optional battery backup will keep the ONT powered up for about 8 hours if you have no electricity in your home.

If you are not getting phone service through ShutesburyNET and are instead relying completely on your cell phone to make and receive calls you will have NO phone service in the case of a power outage. This is because your cell phone relies on the wireless signal distributed by the router - which won't have power going to it. If you want to continue making calls over your wireless network (and keep using the internet during a power outage) you will need to get a battery backup for your router as well as your ONT.

If you didn't buy a UPS during installation and now want one, look for "UPS" or "Uninterruptible Power Supply" for computers and networks. When you buy, consider how many devices you'll be planning to plug into it and how long you want the stored up power to last. Bigger can be better here if you want a temporary power for your in-home network - especially if you plan on doing things like recharging your phone or other device as well!

You do not need the battery backup if you have a whole-home generator that will power the outlets that run your ShutesburyNET equipment.

 If phone service is critical for your household you may want to consider continuing using Verizon for phone service because analog phone service is possible during power outages.

 I have the battery back up but I don't have phone or internet? What happened?

The batteries sold with your system are only designed to provide critical phone service temporarily in the case of a power outage. The optional battery backup ONLY keeps your ONT (the little black box about the size of a deck of cards) powered up. If you use cordless phones in your home, they won't work because they all need electricity to run. Just like in pre-broadband days if your power goes out, you'll need have an old-style analogue phone to have phone service in the case of a power outage. If you got whole-home wiring, analogue phones plugged into any jack into your home should continue to work. If you did not get whole-home wiring, plug your analogue phone directly into the the back of the ONT to continue to have phone service during an outage. Again, this only works if you have battery backup on your ONT.

Your router needs electricity to run and distribute the WiFi signal throughout your home. So, you'll need a second battery backup for your router to have internet keep working if you want internet service during a power outage. You can buy battery backups online or at electronics stores. Look for "uninterrupted power sources" or "UPS" for this.

My battery backup (UPS) is beeping. It's really annoying. What's wrong with it?

When your UPS battery backup beeps, it means it operating from battery (ie. your power is out). To stop the beeping, press and hold the Alarm Silence (mute) button for about a half second until you hear one beep then release. The light next to the Alarm Silence will flash, indicating it has been turned to silent mode for 24 hours. For extended power outages press and hold the Alarm Silence button for 15 seconds until you hear one beep. This will silence the alarm permanently. If the fourth LED light next to the image of the battery continues to be red in color even when the power returns after an outage, this indicates your battery may be completely dead and need replacement. See the end of this page for the battery backup manual.

My battery backup is dead and no longer works. How do I replace it?

We offered battery backups for the ONT (the small black box about the size of a deck of cards) in 2019 during the initial installation, and the batteries in these units generally have a 3-5 year lifespan. The Cyberpower unit offered during our initial installation period is a commercial version, and so this same model isn't available for retail purchase. But according to the CyberPower user manual, the battery in this unit is replaceable. Alternatively you might choose to buy a new and different type of UPS (Uninterruptible Power Source) to provide backup power during power outages.

Many people have asked, but as a municipality we cannot endorse a specific product for purchase. This is not allowed by Massachusetts State Law. The best we can do is provide some general purchasing guidance.


Search on line for part number “djw12-7.2” or “12v7.2ah”. As with all rechargeable battery replacements only use batteries that are compatible with the manufacturer’s guidelines for battery replacement. The manufacturer website is This website for the Cyberpower DTC36U12V also contains a copy of the user's manual which will provide instructions for battery replacement.


Call your local electronics store or search online for "uninterruptible power source" and look for a unit that provides at least 300-500 watts of power.

If you do not have this plug-in power supply that originally came with the ONT when it was installed a few years ago, please visit the Shutesbury town library during their open hours and ask at the circulation desk for a broadband power supply cord.  This will be given to you free of charge and will allow you to replace your existing Cyberpower battery unit and plug the ONT into a conventional 120 volt wall socket or power strip.

Providing backup power to the ONT will only give you a working telephone connection. Please see the article at the top of the page i labeled: TIPS for Broadband During Power Outages.

If you want your home WiFi network to continue to provide internet during power outages, you must supply power to the router as well. Buy a UPS that has multiple sockets so you can supply power to not only the ONT, but your router, cordless phone and other electronic devices.

I have an alarm system in my house. Can I use ShutesburyNET with it?

Unfortunately telephone-based home security/alarm services generally do not work well over non-analogue digital telecommunications systems. These types of home security and alarm systems are not supported and many of these systems require you to rely on traditional phone service. Please check with your home security company and follow their recommendations for your specific system.

This only applies to traditional telephone-based security and alarm systems. There are lots of other home monitoring systems that are designed specifically to work over the internet.

What features come with phone service?

All the standard phone features you expect will be included with phone service such as voice mail, call waiting, call forwarding, caller ID, free unlimited local and long distance within 48 states, Canada & Puerto Rico. Click here for a list of phone features.

What about international rates?

Phone service includes unlimited local and long distance within 48 states, Canada & Puerto Rico. Click here to get the top five commonly requested international rates. International rates change regularly so you can contact Customer Service to get up-to-date rates or if you don't see your country listed.

I don't have a Verizon number to transfer to ShutesburyNET service. Can I get a new phone number?

Yes. If you do not have a landline phone currently and want one (or want another line) there is no additional set-up cost for this.

Can I keep my Verizon line and ALSO sign up for a phone number with ShutesburyNET?

Yes, you can keep paying for your Verizon service and also get a phone number with ShutesburyNET. However, only one phone line can be wired to your home service at one time. You'll need to decide if the phone jacks in your home will continue to be connected to Verizon - or to your new ShutesburyNET service. If you decide later (after installation has already happened) that you want your phone jacks connected to ShutesburyNET instead it will incur an additional charge because the installer has to visit your home a second time.

What is the difference between cellular calling and WiFi calling?

Normally, when you make calls from your mobile phone it uses the cellular network. This means that your cell phone call goes directly to a nearby cell phone tower. Calls, texts and data all get sent over the cell network when you use your cell phone.

We have a lack of cell towers in our area and thus the cell service is not very good in Shutesbury.

 Many cell phones also have the capability to use internet wireless networks to make phone calls instead of the cellular network. This is called WiFi calling. You use your phone as you normally do, but instead of relying on the spotty cellular network to put your call through, you instead connect to the wireless network in your home.  After you have ShutesburyNET internet service in your home, you’ll have a very fast and reliable connection. This means that WiFi calls you make will connect to the outside world using our fiber optic cable which is likely to be more reliable

than cellular networks. In theory this should work well because right inside your home you’ll have a robust, superfast network that your mobile phone can connect to.

HOWEVER…some older phones don’t support WiFi Calling.

AND…some carriers and plans also don’t support WiFi Calling. For example, you might have a Sprint plan that doesn’t allow you to use WiFi Calling. They force you to rely on their cellular networks even if there is a WiFi network nearby you could use instead.

Is WiFi calling the same as using Skype or other internet calling services?

No. When you do WiFi calling you use your cell phone as you normally do. The only difference is that instead of relying on the cellular network, you’re doing your calling over the internet network.

How do I know if my phone supports WiFi calling?

You can contact  your mobile provider and ask. But it’s also a good idea actually check to make sure it works. 

(If you have no idea what any of these steps mean, it might be useful to ask someone who is good with technology to help you)

1. Go to the Town Library or Town Hall or another location that has good WiFi Service

2. Put your phone into airplane mode in order to shut off its cellular connection

3. Turn ON the WiFi connection on your phone  (found in the Settings on most phones) You may also need to go into the Settings to turn ON the WiFi calling feature on your phone.

4. Make a test phone call. (When you’re done be sure to turn off airplane mode so you can make and receive calls over the cellular network again.)

If the call fails and/or you get a warning that your phone or your account does not support WiFi calling or the account does not support WiFi calling, you may need to get a new phone or a new plan. Contact your mobile phone provider and explain that you want WiFi calling and they should be able to assist you.

Can I stop paying my cell phone bill if I’m using WiFi calling?

No. You still need to keep your cell service plan with Verizon/ATT/Sprint or whomever your carrier is because once you get outside the WiFi range in your home,  you will need to revert back to making calls using the cellular network.

Do I need to get phone service through ShutesburyNET if I want to do all my calling using just my cell phone (WiFi calling)? 

No. WiFi calling takes place over your internet connection so no additional phone service is needed. You can sign up for internet only. Be aware that 911 location identification services for cell phones are not as robust as phone service through ShutesburyNet. 

I still don’t know if I need to keep my (Verizon or ShutesburyNET) landline or not?

The first thing you should do is test out your cell phone to see if your phone and your mobile carrier plan supports WiFi calling (See above). Then you will know if getting rid of your landline is even a possibility. If your phone or carrier doesn’t support WiFi calling and you still want it, talk to your mobile carrier about your options. You may have to get  a new phone or phone plan that supports WiFi calling. 

 If you become certain that WiFi calling works with your cell phone and you want it to be your primary and only phone, there is no reason to keep your landline phone number or sign up for the phone service with ShutesburyNET. You can cancel your Verizon home phone number and accompanying service and ONLY pay for internet service via ShutesburyNET.

Disclaimer: Even if you test your cell phone in advance and are sure that it supports WiFi calling, you still might not be satisfied with the call quality that WiFi calling provides in your home. The placement of and distance from the router, the wall thickness, the size of your home, the quality of your phone will all affect the performance of your mobile phone.. WiFi calling may not work well in your home for a variety of reasons.  If you change your mind and decide you want a new landline phone number in the future, it can be added to your account for an additional $13 a month. (You’d only pay for additional home wiring to connect all your phone jacks if you want that optional upgrade – see other questions on this page for more information on this)


My WiFi calls get dropped when I’m using my cell phone connected to the network. How do I fix this?

When you make a WiFi call on your mobile device using your in-home network, the quality of your phone call will depend on the signal strength and speed of the connection between your phone and your home network. The quality of your WiFi call may degrade (or the call may drop!) depending on the distance you are from the router because distance and physical barriers such as walls and floors degrade the signal. Depending on the make and model of your phone you may have additional technical problems with WiFi calling.

Here are some tips if you’re having trouble with poor WiFi call quality or dropped calls:

1) Stand next to your router to make test calls.  If the call quality is super and the call never drops, it means the problem is likely one of signal strength. To fix this, consider getting a home network mesh extender for the rooms where you will be making a lot of calls to boost the WiFi signal in that location. At your local retailer or online ask for a "WiFi Extender." Be sure that your phone is set to lock on to the mesh extender band (see #2 below)

2) Sometimes calls get dropped with WiFi calling because your phone is switching between different bands on your router or Wifi extender. Your router outputs two different “bands” or frequencies and your smart devices switch between the different bands depending on which on is best for the situation. Your 5Ghz band provides faster data rates at shorter distances. The 2.4Ghz offers coverage for farther distance, but at slower speeds. If you move around while you’re on a call your phone may switch between different bands trying to help maintain a constant signal -  but in the process may drop your call! To fix this change the WiFi settings on your phone to “force” it to only connect to one band. There are so many different phone models out there we can’t provide specific directions for everyone but generally this is found in your Advanced WiFi Settings. (If you don’t see two different WiFi bands available in your network check out the router manual for how to set up different bands). If you're using a WiFi extender be sure that your phone it locked onto its signal rather than the signal of the main router.

3) Sometimes calls get dropped with WiFi calling because your phone is trying to switch back and forth between the cellular network and the WiFi network. If you have even just a little bit of cell service in your home, a phone will sometimes detect the signal coming from the nearest cell tower and attempt to connect to it, thus dropping your call. Try turning your phone to “airplane mode” in order to shut off its cellular connection. Make sure WiFi calling setting on your phone is set to ON.  (Remember to switch back out of airplane mode when you leave the house so you can make and receive calls after you leave your home network!)

4) Search online or call your cellular phone provider to see if your phone make and model is known for WiFi problems. Some makes and models of certain phones have ongoing issues with WiFi calling. Check with your cellular phone provider or phone manufacturer to see if they have advice for improving WiFi calling quality for your specific device.

How does 911 calling work if I’m using ShutesburyNET? 

If you have a phone number through ShutesburyNET and are paying for phone service, E911 works just like a regular landline. Dispatchers will automatically know the physical address you are making the 911 call from. 

However, if you’re using your cell phone and making the call utilizing your WiFi network, the 911 call goes to your cell phone carrier. E911 dispatchers may or may not be able to automatically figure out the location you’re calling from which depends on your phone settings and how your cell phone carrier handles such calls. Most phones have an “emergency address” you can program in that gets sent to dispatchers if you were to make a 911 call, and so it is a good idea to keep this address up to date on your device. Contact your cell phone carrier directly if you want to know more specifics on how your cell phone carrier handles emergency calls. 

For more information, please see this discussion and pay particular attention to the concerns regarding E911 service.

How do I set up my Voice Mail? 

See this flyer for more information. 

 How do I get rid of spam and robocalls?

We are committed to using the latest technology to prevent spam calls. This includes the latest authentication technology that has been mandated by the FCC to try and verify that the call coming in is from a legitimate source (see . Unfortunately no system is 100% reliable since spam callers are always thinking of new ways to get around technology and regulatory rules and the big carriers are very slow to adopt the latest technology to prevent spam calling.  If a specific number continues to bother you, you can call Customer Service and get that number blocked.


How do I pay my monthly bill?

You can link your bill to your bank account or credit card and have your monthly charges deducted automatically. Or, you can opt to receive a paper bill and mail in a check.

What if I don’t pay my bill?

Our vendor will follow up with additional emails and phone calls reminding you to pay your bill. You will be charged late fees for missed bills. Services may be suspended for invoices over 30 days past due and will be terminated after 90 days. Terminated accounts are subject to a reactivation fee of $175.  If you have phone service you’ll still have a dial tone and be able to call 911 and the billing department for up to 120 days.  

What if I live in a duplex or my neighbor lives really close to me? Can I share my signal with my neighbor and we split the bill?

No. It’s important that every premise sign up and pay for its own service. Sharing service with another household is a violation of our policy and is essentially “stealing” from all residents in Shutesbury because you’re making other people pay for your share of the service. If we discover that you’re sharing service with another household we reserve the right to shut off your service.

What if I only live in Shutesbury part-time and want to shut off my service while I’m away?

You can shut off your service at any time but when you re-activate it after more than 90 days, you will incur a $175 reactivation fee. We must charge this amount because even if you’re not using the service, we still have to maintain the network connection to your home in your absence.

If you cancel your phone service, your phone number will be released and you may not be able to get it back. We have no control over released phone numbers.

If you wish to suspend service while you are away, you can contact Customer Service and ask for suspended service. This costs $35/mo for suspended internet only service or $39.99/mo for suspended internet plus phone service (this allows you to retain your phone number even during the dormant period). We added this suspended service to give seasonal visitors and landlords another option to avoid the reactivation fee. There is a $17.25 fee for reactivation following suspension period.

How do I turn off service?

Contact our Customer Service support line to terminate your service.

How do I transfer service to someone else? For example, one tenant leaves and another one moves in or I sell my home and someone else takes ownership?

There is a $49.95 charge for a new activation which is billed to the new customer. As long as there is a less than 90 day gap between transfer of services, the $175 reactivation fee for part-time service (see above) can be avoided.


How do I use the internet to get TV?

Come learn more about how to optimize your new internet connection for Television Programming, local channels and other streaming entertainment. November 16th, 10AM, Elementary School. Sign up HERE. Can't make it? We'll collate the information from both sessions and post. Here is the summary from October's session plus a matrix of TV options.

Here is a link to the document from the Library about its free streaming services. And here is a link to the handout about various streaming paid and free commercial options.

 What about TV? Will I be able to get television service through the high-speed internet that is coming to Shutesbury?

In short, yes. You will have various options.

History - traditional options: The delivery of TV service is changing rapidly nationally - and more and more television is moving to the internet. In the early days, all TV came through the airwaves, at no charge. Then cable companies (Charter, Comcast, Time Warner, et al.) came along and distributed TV at a fee (and with a municipal monopoly) on cabling that they owned and maintained. To compete with that, and for those of us without cable, TV was then offered from (expensive) satellite delivery, through companies like DirecTV and Dish. Satellite options charge for the delivery of content and for the content itself, at high prices.

Now - Over the Top: As a result of the wide availability of broadband internet, media companies are now choosing the internet as their preferred delivery vehicle for the future. DirecTV has just announced DirecTV Now, offering equivalent packages as from their satellites, but coming into your home via your internet connection. Packages start at $35/month. Similarly, Dish Network has offered SlingTV, with basic packages of $20-40/month. Hulu and others are reportedly prepping similar packages for public release. These "over the top" (means television that is delivered over the internet) bundles look almost identical to cable packages. The word "almost" is used here because the bundlers have to negotiate with the content creators (ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, ESPN, et al.). The gaps in packages are due to early phase snags in negotiating the licensing of the content - most expect that this will be cleared up in the next year or so as more and more consumers prefer the lower costs and convenience of internet delivery.

For example, CBS offers streaming service, but NBC and ABC have not yet launched theirs. DirecTV Now and SlingTV have some missing channels in their streaming packages, due to the negotiation of content licensing (see this article for who had what as of Dec 2016). We anticipate that by the time Shutesbury's high speed internet is operational, most of this will be settled, and you will have a wide range of options for TV - "over the top."

Note that there are some shows currently that ONLY available over the top, such as Netflix series. You currently can’t watch Netflix shows through cable or satellite packages.

So how does it work? If you’re getting your television signal via the internet, you will still watch TV directly on your TV. It doesn’t mean you have to watch TV on your computer! Most TVs now come "smart" - ready for internet-delivered content. In addition, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, and others are small, inexpensive devices that connect older TVs to the internet (DirecTV Now can use most of these, and will currently give you a free Apple TV or Amazon Fire Stick if you commit to 3 months of service!). These devices act just like your cable box where you can use a TV guide listing of channels. It also comes with remote control, recording, etc.

Additionally, the internet allows the possibility of unbundling - a la carte options where you can just choose the specific channels you want. Cable and satellite bundles often include a relative few interesting channels and hundreds of paid advertising channels (Home Shopping Network, QVC, Jewelry Television, etc). Individual content providers now offer "over the top" subscription packages, so that you can pick and choose what you get. For example, "CBS All Access" offers all CBS content (including their NFL games) for a monthly charge. ESPN and MLB networks also offer content so you can get national sports. You can stream shows live while they are broadcast nationally or at a later time at your convenience. Watching shows later, even just a bit later, allows you to stream the show without commercials.

With a la carte or bundled packages, you can also typically access shows from your smart phone, tablet, or computer when you are away from home with a high speed broadband internet connection. While at home, it also means that just about any device can become a television. And finally, the "over the top" solutions typically do not require annual contracts like cable and satellite. As options change, you can change your packages to best suit your needs.

If you want to start thinking about this now, search on-line for streaming service options (DirecTV Now, Hulu, and many other options - currently expanding by the month!).



What is telehealth and how do I use it? How do I get health care online?

Telehealth means "visiting" your healthcare provider from the comfort of your home for non-urgent healthcare needs rather than visiting a healthcare facility or clinic. This is done using an internet connection and video calling. You and your doctor can see, hear and talk to each other on the computer screen from your respective locations.

Here's how it works: First, ask your healthcare provider if they offer telehealth options. If not, ask your insurance carrier if telehealth is included in your plan and how to use the service. It might mean you'll need to see someone different than your regular health care provider.

If you can get the service, you'll get an appointment time and at that time you will follow the instructions they give you for going to a special website to log in. You will need to have a computer, iPad, laptop, phone or other device that has video and audio capabilities. Your provider may alternately offer phone only (no video) consultations if you don't have that technology available to you.

After a discussion of your symptoms and needs the doctor will make a diagnosis and suggest follow up care, such as calling in a prescription for you. It may seem unusual that your health care provider can make a diagnosis from afar, but telehealth has been used successfully in this manner for years.

If a diagnosis cannot be made remotely, your doctor may decide that further tests are needed. Your doctor will give you additional instructions such as visiting a lab, clinic or office as the next step.

By law your consultation should be private and secure. The provider offering the service will have more information about this if you have questions.

Can I get a static IP address?

Yes, please contact Customer Service if you would like a static IP address. There is an additional monthly charge for this between $5 and $15. (If you have no idea what this is, you don't need one!)

I already have my own router. Can I use it instead of the one you're providing?

Yes, you can use your own router if you choose but the technical support options may be limited if you're using a special router.

I don't want a wireless system in my home. Can I hardwire the equipment instead?

The ONT (optical Network Terminal) (modem) will be hardwired to the fiber optic cable coming into your home and to the router. The router is the piece of electronics that will transmit a wireless signal. You can choose to turn this off and instead put in a completely hardwired system if you wish following installation.

I've been hearing a lot about "5G" in the news. Is our network a 5G system?

5G stands for fifth-generation cellular wireless and has nothing to do with ShutesburyNET. 5G is the technology that cell phone carriers like Verizon, Sprint and AT&T are putting into their cell towers to distribute a more powerful signal through the airwaves to allow people get faster data on their mobile phones.

ShutesburyNET is a fully fiber-optic network. This means that all of the data is delivered over fiber-optic cables from our central hub to everyone’s home. No wireless signals are used and there are no antennas anywhere in town distributing wirelessly.

Note that the router in your home that works on a 5GHz is also NOT 5G. The “5GHz” means five gigahertz and refers to the short-range signal frequency band distributed by your in-home router. This WiFi technology has been around since 1999 but became popular about a decade ago for most in-home routers. It is now used throughout the world in homes, businesses, schools, and airports to allow people to wirelessly connect their devices to nearby internet. It’s unfortunate that the name 5G and 5GHz are so similar because they are two totally different things but it’s easy to get them confused.

If you feel uncomfortable with having any wireless signals in your home whatsoever, you can hardwire your home and plug in all your devices instead of using a wireless router to distribute the signal throughout your home. With ShutesburyNET you can choose what (and what does not) go in your home.

How am I protected when I'm using our network?

Our network has industry standard protection and advanced security protocols at the Internet Service Provider level to help protect all customers and our entire network. Your individual router comes with IPv4/IPv6 SPI firewall protection and is already on by default. The settings have already been optimized for most home networks. In addition installers are setting up SSID names and customized passwords for customers on installation day, but you can change these yourself at any time. Check out the Manuals section at the bottom of this page for the router’s manual to learn more or this Help Page .

 Your router includes the ability to do automatic updates to keep current with the latest performance and security updates. It is up to you if you want to turn this feature ON or OFF. This feature is off by default unless you used the router setup process, in which case it will be on by default. To check, access your router and under Connectivity on the menu look for Router Firmware Update.

I (or my pet or family member) broke a piece of the internet equipment. What do I do? 

Contact Customer Service and describe the issue they will help you with the next steps.

 How much electricity gets used by the broadband equipment in my home?

The ONT draws about 10 watts of power (12.2 volts at .8 amps) and the Linksys router draws slightly more depending on wireless activity. So to run both units you will need to provide about 20-25 watts per hour from an uninterruptible power source(UPS). And so you would think a 300 watt UPS might provide you with 12 hours of backup, but in reality the backup power provided by your UPS is likely to be much less. UPS performance declines with age, and some are not very efficient. But generally speaking, the bigger the UPS is in both cost and capacity, the longer it will last during a power outage.


Equipment Manuals

Router Linksys EA7300 AC1750  Help Page   Manual

Battery Backup Unit (UPS) Cybershield Cyberpower Manual