How to choose the right internet service
These steps will help you choose an optimal internet service.
- What speed do you need?
First, understand what internet speed or — more precisely — bandwidth means so you can select the appropriate level of service.
Bandwidth, commonly measured in megabits per second, is the maximum rate at which you can download data from the internet to your computer. The more data-intensive activities you typically do and the more devices you have on the same connection, the more bandwidth you’ll need.
This chart gives you a rough idea of the bandwidth required to do common internet activities, assuming a single user at a time. But since your total bandwidth is shared among all connected devices, you’ll need enough to satisfy simultaneous activities.
What internet speed do you need?
|If you want …||You’ll need about…|
|General web surfing, email, social media||1 Mbps|
|Online gaming*||1-3 Mbps|
|Video conferencing**||1-4 Mbps|
|Standard-definition video streaming||3-4 Mbps|
|High-definition video streaming||5-8 Mbps|
|Frequent large file downloading||50 Mbps and up|
|*A connection with low latency, the time it takes your computer to talk to the game server, is more important than bandwidth for gaming.|
|**You’ll want at least a 1 Mbps upload speed for quality video conferencing.|
- What are the options in your area?
Once you know what internet speed you need, you can check out websites like ours, INTERET PLUS TV to get an idea of which providers serve your area.
In most metro areas, you’ll likely have the option of internet service via either cable provider, phone company or satellite company — and maybe even fiber optic service. In a more rural area, you might not have access to such a variety of methods, though you’ll likely be covered by a satellite broadband provider.
- What are the pros and cons of these options?
Internet from a phone company over digital subscriber lines, known as DSL, tends to be cheaper than cable, but slower as well. Satellite internet has the widest availability but can be expensive and slow. The HughesNet new Gen5 Satellite internet has improved the speed of service by leaps and bounds
Fiber optic internet delivery is reliable and very fast, but is a relatively uncommon method.
Depending on availability, you’ll want to select the service that fits your budget while reliably delivering your desired bandwidth.
- How can you find a company and package that fits your style?
Now that you know what you’re looking at, you’ll need to sift through the different packages and offerings.
Your options will vary greatly depending on your location. That makes it hard to give general advice at this step, but here are few important considerations:
Many cable companies offer bundles with different combinations of phone, internet and television service. Think hard before signing up for these bulk deals; companies often try to upsell and lock in customers with more services.
Do you really need a landline? Can you get by with streaming television from your new internet service, rather than a whole cable package? In some situations bundling services might make sense, but weigh the cost and value before deciding.
Be wary of the upsell in general: Know exactly what you want before you sign up and don’t be tempted until you’ve done your research on a “deal.”
Often you’ll be able to find promotions to entice first-time customers, say one year of internet service at $30 per month rather than $50. You can find good prices with such deals, but make sure you’re ready to either pay full price or cancel your service at the end of the promotional period.
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