Working From Home? What To Look For In An Internet Provider

If you have recently shifted from working in an office to working out of your home, you may be wondering if there is a better solution for receiving Internet access. Here are some things to look for when looking for a new Internet provider when working out of your home. 

What Are The Data Caps?

If you have a job where you are transferring a lot of data, such as a video editor that transfers a lot of raw footage over an Internet connection, you will definitely need to know more about the data caps being offered. ISPs typically have a limit, usually around 1TB, of how much data can be uploaded or downloaded before speeds are restricted or you are charged an overage. Make sure you understand what your limits are and if they work with how much data you predict that you will use.

Is The Lack Of Caps Permanent?

Many Internet service providers have changed the way their residential plans work since states started shelter-in-place orders. They've gone as far as lifting data cap restrictions so that customers are not charged overages for data use, or allowing for faster speeds at a lower price point. It is a good idea to find out if the speeds advertised to you when signing up are temporary or permanent. If you are being told connection speed and price that is too good to be true, always ask if this is the temporary offer being made to customers, or if it will be what you get after shelter-in-place orders are lifted.

Is A Business Connection Possible?

It is common for many Internet service providers to have business offerings for commercial customers that need higher speeds or unrestricted data caps. However, those packages may or may not be offered in your residential area. Find out if it is possible to switch to a business Internet package later on if necessary, since you may find yourself working from home more often in the future. 

What Equipment Is Necessary?

Make sure that you have the right equipment in place to handle a faster Internet connection while working from home. If you own your own modem, you may not realize that the faster 1 gigabit Internet connections require a newer modem that is capable of transmitting data at those speeds. This means you may have to rent the right equipment or upgrade your old modem to a newer model. 

For more information and tips on getting high-speed internet, reach out to a local internet provider.