Internet service has become an essential utility in homes, and in many cases, people are choosing it over cable tv and traditional phone lines. The connection speed and data you get are critical so choosing a residential internet package that will provide for your family's needs sometimes means shopping around and comparing plans.
One of the first things you will see advertised with a residential internet package is the connection speed of the service. Often the speeds advertised are the download speeds, but it is essential to check the upload speed. In many cases, the upload speed is much lower, and for most users, that is fine, but if you are using your internet to upload anything to the cloud or connect to work from home, you may need more speed.
If the ISP (internet service provider) does not list both speeds on the package advertising, ask about it. It can be challenging to find the information in some cases, but the customer service or salesperson you are dealing with can give you the info if you request it. It is also essential to understand that the advertised speed is under perfect conditions. You will often connect at a slower speed than the package lists, especially during peak usage times.
Another thing you need to ask about when you are considering a residential internet package is the amount of data you are allowed every month. Many new packages have removed the data caps. However, some companies are still limiting data usage on accounts, slowing the connection when you hit the cap, or charging for additional data.
The data you use is calculated by the amount of information you upload and download through the connection, so if you have a limitation, you need to monitor it so that you don't go over the limit near the end of the month. If there is no mention of data caps or limitations for the package you are considering, it is vital to ask the salesperson about it when you are signing up for the service.
When the tech from the ISP comes to install your residential internet package and equipment, you may want to talk to them about the equipment placement before they get started. If you are going to use the connection for streaming television, placing the modem close to the tv can give you a better connection.
It is also crucial that the equipment is in a spot that allows good wi-fi coverage throughout the home. The tech can look at the layout of your home and help you decide where to put the modem, so it works effectively for you.
For more information, contact a home internet service provider in your area.