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Things to Consider When Choosing an ISP

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Choosing your Internet service provider wisely is essential. You do not want to complain about Internet downtime, sluggish speed, and connectivity issues every other day. So, before you make a shift or subscribe to a new ISP, you should self-educate yourself regarding the various types of Internet connections available. Apart from that, ensure that the provider that you fancy serves in your area as well. For example, drooling over Spectrum’s deals will be of no use if there is no Spectrum Internet availability in your area.

Here is a detailed blog to help you make an informed decision.

The Various Types of Internet Connections

People often get confused as to what are the differences between the types of Internet connections. Some people are unaware of the total types that exist, to begin with. To solve all these issues, here is s list for you.

DSL

DSL or Digital Subscriber Line is the connection that operates via your telephone line. Just like a dial-up connection. It has subcategories – ADSL and SDSL. The former stands for asymmetric and the latter for an asymmetric DSL connection. If you are looking for a cheap option, you would want to opt for ADSL. It also provides a greater download speed when compared to upload speeds. SDSL is expensive and gives you access to almost uniform download and upload speeds. The download speeds range from 25Mbps to 100 Mbps.

Cable Broadband

This particular type of Internet gets provided to you by your cable service provider. You get access to this connection via the coaxial cable TV wires. If you opt for this connection, you will get access to download speeds ranging from 3 Mbps to over 100 Mbps. The advantage of this connection is that the quality of the Internet signals does not depend on the distance as it does in DSL connection. It is also faster than DSL.

Satellite

Areas where cable, fiber, or DSL can’t reach, satellite connection is of great use. No matter your location, you get access to 15 Mbps of download and 3 Mbps of upload speeds. The con, however, is that it is the slowest connection while also being the most expensive when compared to other options.

FiOS

Fiber Optic Service or FiOS is the most recent connection type. The users get access to the Internet via an optical network that makes use of light to do so. Few ISPs offer FiOS as of now. The vendors offering FiOS include AT&T, U-verse, and Verizon. This option will give you access to the fastest available Internet with download speeds going as high as 300 Mbps. Upload speeds can go up to 65 Mbps. Its limited availability is a major issue though.

Things to Consider When Choosing an ISP

Getting yourself acquainted with the various forms of connections is not enough. You should consider some important features before you opt for an Internet service provider.

Availability

To begin with, you must be sure that the ISP that you are liking for yourself services in your area as well. There is no point in choosing or liking a service if it does not operate in your area. Visits the company’s website or call a rep to confirm if they are offering services in your region or not. If the company does, you can continue by comparing the various other features that are essential to consider before you choose an ISP.

Download and Upload Speeds

No one likes to compromise on the speed of the Internet. For the price that one is willing to pay, he wants the fastest Internet for that range. Although the speed of the Internet connection depends on the type you select, some ISPs offer a greater speed for the same connection than others for the same price. The type of connection only tells you about the range of speed that it is capable of providing.

Make sure that your comparison is done on an apple-to-apple basis. Compare the same price range for every company and then have a look at the speed that they are offering. You would also want to consider the network quality when comparing the speeds.

Contract and Cost

Some ISPs bind you to a contract while others don’t. No one likes to bound himself for 1 or 2 years with a contract. However, at times it is the pre-requisite of some ISPs. Apart from that contract, you would also want to have a look at the costs that you will incur other than the package price if you subscribe to a service. For instance, some ISPs charge you for the installation, others don’t. Other than that, some ISPs offer the modems on rent while others would ask you to purchase it.

In addition to this, some companies also attract you by offering a discount if you bundle two or three of their services. Be very careful before opting for such offers. Because most of the time such deals are time-specific. To make a fair comparison, then, compare the after the deal cost of the bundles with the other companies’ bundles.

Terms of Service

Subscribing to an ISP is not a one-time gig, you will keep using the services continuously. And for that purpose, you should be aware of the terms of services that the company offers. For example, dome companies have limitations on data usage. Others do not have data caps.

Special Features

Apart from the services and packages that they do, some companies also offer add-ons and other special features. However, you would want to see the nature of these add-ons. Because some companies will charge more for their services by making the add-ons an excuse. But if you’d observe closely, you’ll see that you don’t need them, to begin with. For example, the ability to create a personal webpage.

Reliability

Ditch the option that is not reliable. If you cannot depend on the service to be there for you when you need it the most, you shouldn’t be subscribing to it.

Customer Support

Read reviews regarding customer support that the company has to offer. You can’t subscribe to an ISP whose customer service department is rude or inefficient. For example, you decide to subscribe to Spectrum high-speed Internet plans for the quality of service and the speed that it is offering. You learn that the customer support reps are also cooperative. On the other hand, there is an ISP that is offering the same service at a slightly lower price but the customer support department is one of the worst. What would you do?

Ask yourself questions when choosing an ISP. They will help you resolve many issues, and make smart choices ultimately.

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