What to Look for in an Internet Service Provider
Am I getting what I pay for with my internet service provider? Am I paying an arm and a leg for my internet service? Is a faster speed necessary? What is the best deal for me? Find the answers to your questions in the article.
People can get several different options of internet service in their homes. Also, different internet service providers are servicing different areas.
Let us begin by defining some terms, starting with “broadband.” It is an all-around term that refers to any connection faster than a dial-up which has fallen into disuse because of its agonizingly slow data speed.
Another term we need to know is “Mbps.” It is an acronym for Megabits per second, which is the prevailing way to compare speeds between internet services. For common home web-surfing tasks, 2 Mbps is enough. You will want something faster, though, if you watch a sizable amount of internet video.
Most households can get by with a 5 Mbps connection for personal use. But if several people are going to view different streaming internet videos at once, you may want to add more.
So, what type of internet service should you subscribe to?
DSL stands for digital subscriber line. It reaches your home through an existing telephone line. Generally, DSL is the cheapest broadband internet service you can install at home. DSL connections can be available up to 25 Mbps, and 100 Mbps for newer phone services. The disadvantage of DSL is that it is based on distance. If your location is far from the service provider, your service will be slower as a general rule.
Cable internet reaches your home through your cable service. Cable internet service providers advertise speeds higher than that of DSL, often ranging above 100 Mbps. Its disadvantage is that you are sharing your cable service with other users in your area so it can get slow during peak times which rarely happen with DSL.
Satellite internet is beamed to your home via a satellite service. In contrast to other types, its speed is slow repeatedly registering below 20 Mbps. Satellite internet repeatedly has brief hiccups in the service which are ordinarily not noticeable. If you live far from urban centers, satellite may be your only option for broadband service.
Fiber-optic internet is already accessible in some areas and rolling out rapidly. Fiber-optic service generally functions like a DSL service but with speeds up to 500 Mbps which can get higher as technology advances.
In summary, you should check first for fiber-optic or DSL service in your neighborhood for home internet use. If they are inaccessible, your best bet would be a cable internet service followed by satellite service. Hopefully, your location will offer you the perfect choice.
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