Now that you’re moving into a new home, there are lots of decisions to make. In this day and age, it becomes clear that one of the most important ones is what Internet providers to hire. You’ve probably been using the same one for some time, and while it may be the best available still, there’s also a chance you’ll find a better option for your needs. With so many factors to take into account, it’s easy to become a little dazzled and make the wrong choice. And that’s precisely why we’ve prepared a small list of things to take into account.
The idea is to strike up a balance between a well-priced internet service provider (ISP) and one that suits your needs. Let’s delve into how to do that!
1. Consider Your Needs
How do you use the Internet at home? Are you mostly just surfing, or do you perform many activities that take up a lot of bandwidth? If you’re very into gaming or streaming, you’re going to need a lot of megabits per second. Also, note how many people will be needing the connection and how many devices they will be using.
Surfing, e-mailing, and the like requires about 1Mbps; online gaming, 1-3 Mbps; video calls, 1-4 Mbps; high-definition video streaming, 5-8 Mbps; and downloading large files often, over 50 Mbps.
2. Choose Your Poison
There are four types of high-speed Internet:
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) comes to your home from an existing phone line, and it’s the cheapest type of broadband Internet; you can usually find connections of 25 Mbps or sometimes up 100 Mbps.
Cable internet comes from, you guessed it, your cable service, and it’s usually speedier, sometimes over 100 Mbps; however, you share it with your neighborhood so that the connection can get frustratingly slower at peak hours.
Satellite Internet is slower, though it might be more stable, so it’s perfect for rural areas.
Lastly, the Fiber-optic Internet is the fastest, up to 500 Mbps, though it is not available everywhere. If it is, it’s about as cheap as DSL, so it’s a great option.
3. Discover Your Options
Not all ISPs are available everywhere, so you’ll need to do a little research. There are several websites for you to check this, such as Broadband Now, In My Area, and High-Speed Internet. Looking into each one can help you create a list of pros and cons, plus compare prices and features.
4. Look Into Packages
Cable companies often have bundles with different combinations of high-speed Internet, basic cable service, and even landlines. Consider how much you’d use everything else, and if the pricing seems reasonable for your household needs.
5. Research “Hidden” Costs
Perhaps you have to pay extra for a modem, or there’s a high installation fee, making a seemingly cheaper service much more expensive.
6. Check for Deals
Maybe your company has a deal with a specific company that can get you a better rate for high-speed Internet. Perhaps there’s a membership card you already have that provides a discount. Look into the possibilities!