Buying an internet connection may not sound a big deal, however, in the longer run, we are actually investing in our peace. On the contrary, if the decision is not right it can actually lead to frustration on an hourly basis. So, before we decide or subscribe to any of the internet services, we should first research. Before jumping on to the available internet services, let’s try to comprehend what are the types of internet available in the market. These are the types of internet connections you shall come across when you have to buy one for your home.
Broadband internet, to begin with, we get to hear broadband internet plans; this terminology “broadband” basically refers to all types of internet services and covers dial-up internet connections. Higher speed connections 3G, 4G and now 5G internet have magnificently interchanged dial-up connections but that did not happen overnight; we had dial-up connections and there are other services we still avail like cable internet, satellite, DSL, Fiber Internet Optic, etc. In extremely remote places, people still use dial-up connections. Here we have a list of their features weighing their pros and cons:
MBPS which is a short form of Megabits per Second. This is the fundamental method to scrutinize the speed of the internet. As per the results and estimate, it has been perceived that for regular internet browsing; we need 2 Mbps speed whereas for watching videos we need relatively more speed. Approximately, 5.0 Mbps speed of the internet is obligatory if you like to watch HD videos. Therefore, a majority of people prefer 5Mbps speed for their personal usage.
DSL stands for Digital Subscriber Line. It may sound like an extended version of dial-up, for the reason that with DSL you get the internet with an already existing telephone connection. There is a wide range of connections offered by DSL; depending on the various sets of users and their internet usage. DSL is available in quite a few speeds ranging up to 25Mbps. However, the most recent service providers are offering internet speeds up to 100 Mbps. Nevertheless, the chief shortcoming is the connection that goes slow, which means the stability and strength of signals depends on how far your device is from the computer and your distance from the service provider.
Cable internet, as sounds like it, too is provided via the cable service providers to your place. This type of internet connection provides higher speed internet stretching from and above 100 Mbps. On the other hand, the bandwidth is shared with your neighbors at one fell swoop, which at times affects its speed making it slower than the marketed speed. Especially, during peak hours when everybody is using the internet, the speed turns out to be lesser than a typical DSL speed.
Satellite internet is an internet service that is comparatively slower to other popular choices like DSL or Cable connection. Though, in rural areas, satellite connections are considered to be the best available options. Internet Service Providers of this area links them through satellite to deliver the internet.
Fiber-Optic Internet popularly known as fiOI gives the fastest speed internet, offering the range of speeds up to 500Mbps. However, this kind of internet connection is limited and is available in limited locations but the best part is its prices are more or less equal to any DSL connection.
Here is a list of things you should consider while finding the best internet service provider:
1. Contract details: You need to know everything literally everything because there are some facts concealed which we do not realize while sealing the deal. Starting from scratch, what is the upfront you are supposed to pay in the beginning, how much you would be paying every month, installments, what products are on rent, what would you own after completing the installments like at time Wi-Fi devices, routers, and other products and services depending on your order. And the most crucial knowledge, for your own good, how much would they charge if you plan to cancel the subscription and other questions. You can sign up for no-contract providers such as Cox internet as well.
2. Customer Service: For all the installation and order booking, just inquiring and getting information about their products and services, pricing confirmation, IT-related issues, concerns or service related issues; you will be dealing with the customer services department throughout your journey with that particular internet service provider. Your journey with customer support begins from the day you place your order.
3. Reviews: While researching, make sure you go through all the good and bad reviews about the internet services from the customers online. Ask your friends, neighbors about their internet provider and how their experience has been so far, take their recommendations and keep that in mind before signing up. Expect to find more bad reviews. Do check other reviewing apps such as Quora discussion forums, Yelp, and Facebook groups while forming your opinion. Word of mouth plays a significant role here besides that, you need to consider the fact that unhappy customers write most of the reviews and satisfied people do not have time to write their experience. Yes, that is a proven fact, a satisfied customer usually does not go and write a few words on how good their experience has been. However, chances are anyone who is undergoing or has undergone hiccups in their experience will take out their frustrations online.
4. Prices: This idea may sound time-consuming at first, but it will save you money and a bad experience. The easy trick here would be to call each and every available provider in your area and write down their prices with the offered speed for comparison. It will make the picture crystal clear for you. Also, observe how proactive their customer service is. During my research, I found very affordable internet services at fast speeds for residential use.
5. Reliability: Now that you have researched everything, investigated and somehow figured which connection you would go for. Make sure the internet speed and availability is good enough because none of the above factors mean anything if you do not have the right internet speed when you need it the most. Skimming through online reviews is one part, the second part would be if you check your internet connection’s speed and compare the offered speed with the one you actually have that would give you confidence about your deal.
The bottom line is
The best and most feasible idea before considering any popular internet provider is to ask your neighbor. They are the right people who can guide you about the pricing, quality of service vs what is advertised, and value for money. You know how much internet you or your family may need, so decide accordingly. Go for the one which has trustworthy customer service. Why? Because any internet connection can cause hiccups in your work but good customer care will make sure your issue is resolved as soon as possible. Also, don’t go for cheap options because quality services charge more for their quality. If you want to bundle up your internet service, that would be a good idea. Usually, bundling up your services with another service, saves you money, comes at promotional prices and/or the installation charges are reduced or at the time absolutely free.