An Ultimate Shopping Guide for Broadband Users

Broadband Buying Guide
We are all connected in one way or another. How so? Most of us give very little thought to how our broadband works until it goes down. Once it stops working or we need to find something new, this is when we begin to devote our full attention to it.

Funny how that works…..

Well in this article I am here to bring your full attention back to broadband. It doesn’t matter if you are shopping around for it or not, you still need to be conscious of it.

THE SPEED

This is probably one of the most consequential elements that shoppers look at when buying into broadband. Each provider works differently. Every type of speed option works differently.

Look at dial-up. This was a favorite for so long. Now with all the other connection options dial-up is not looked upon so favorably anymore. One reason why is the speed. It takes so long to get connected. Once you do get connected the speed moves slow too. You also run the risk of being disconnected just as easily as you were connected.

The DSL is good runner-up. Only drawback is the speed. It moves a bit faster than dial-up, but not by much. Than there is the cable line. This one is good to use. It’s better than the first two options. The next one in line is the fiber-in-home.

The fiber-in-home, such as Verizon FIOS probably moves faster than all combined. Only downside is that it takes a long time to install.

No matter what you choose pay attention to two important factors. You have to pay attention to the download and uploading factors. Depending on how important these are to you, it will influence your choice greatly.

USING THE INTERNET

This is another thing to consider. How you use the internet will greatly influence the speed you choose.

1)What type of activities will you be doing online? If you are just going to be checking emails and doing some light browsing, you really do not need much. This means the faster speeds might not be something you need.

Now if you are going to be spending most of your time online, like streaming movies and such, the low plans might not be good for you. You will probably need something faster and more secure. Think about it.

2)How many devices will you be needing? If you are going to be using more than one device in the home, a faster and stronger connection will be needed. It doesn’t matter what you are doing, you will need something more secure and fast.

HOUSEHOLD STATS AS OF RIGHT NOW

Studies are showing that more households are connecting online. There are more people streaming HD movies. There are more people playing games. There are more people working from home on their computer.

This all needs to be taken into consideration.

Here is a breakdown of the plans:

BASIC--5-10 Mbps
medium--10-50 Mbps
Advanced–50 Mbps or more.

If you only have one or two computers in the house, you only need the basic to medium plan. If you have two or more, you will need to up the speeds and connections. This means going to 50 Mbps or better.

Take a look at what your household currently uses. Think about what type of connections are needed. This will help you with your decision.

TIME TO LOOK BEYOND THE DOWNLOAD ELEMENT

So many look at the whole download element. They allow this factor to make their choice for them. You need to think beyond all of this. There is so much more to it than this.

UPLOADING-–This is where you send any piece of data from your computer to the internet. Now if you are someone who likes to upload videos, movies and files, you will need something that you can count on.

THE LATENCY-–This is the time it takes to send the information to someone or some place. Do you ever wonder why some videos look “choppy?” It’s because the time it takes is less than standard. In fact, the time is below standard. Now if you can deal with this, then go for it. If this will be an issue for you and others you share information with, you will need to go with something higher.

THE LIMITS—This is a factor that not many take into consideration. You have to take a look at the limits for your plan. Once you go over the monthly limits, your speeds will be reduced. How much? It all depends on your provider. If this is something that will not work for you, you will have to pay for a higher service package.

SOME CLOSING SUGGESTIONS TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION

The first thing you need to do is find a few providers in your area. Take a look at what each one is offering you. Look at each package carefully. Make sure you won’t be charged for extras you will not be using.

Ask them about their data limits. Ask them about special discounts. Remember, your provider is not going to give out this information freely. Talk to the customer service center for each provider. Find out about contract details. Ask what is included initially and what(if anything)will be changed.

Go online and read some of the reviews. You will find both positive and negative reviews. It’s a good idea to look into both sides. Sometimes the negative reviews can tell you more than the positive reviews.

Discuss installation fees, times and dates. Discuss what will be included and what will be added on at the end. Ask to see the contract before signing. Look over it carefully. Ask your provider as many questions as possible.

Now that you have a basic place to start, I feel confident that you will make the best possible choice. Make a list of your needs. Ask your provider how he intends to fill those needs. Based on this you should make a really good choice. Good luck!

 

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