What You Need To Know About The Type Of Internet You Need For Your Home

Internet service providers do not all offer the same type of connections, and understanding the difference is essential if you have some specific requirements for your home. Speeds and data availability can vary wildly from one internet provider to another. Still, most areas have several companies to work with, so comparing the packages to determine which one will meet your needs is the best place to start. 

High-Speed Internet

Nearly every internet provider that offers service will advertise high-speed internet packages, but their speed may not be as fast as you think. You need to look closely at the package and ask about the speeds if they are not listed in the ad. 

Often, you will see a listing for speeds that only show you the download speed of the package, and if you are using your internet connection for streaming television or gaming, that speed is essential. However, the upload speed is often lower and may not be listed in the package specs, and for anyone using the connection to upload work from home, send pictures or files to a storage service, or share large files with someone, that upload speed is vital. 

In most cases, the provider doesn't list it because many customers only care about the download speed, but if you ask, they will tell you what the upload speeds are so you can choose a package that meets your needs.

Fiber Optic Internet

Some internet providers use fiber optic cable to bring the internet into homes. The fiber optic cable uses light to transmit data through glass fibers inside an outer shielding. The system is fast when everything is working correctly but can be more fragile in some situations. If you have a provider that offers fiber optic internet, ask about the uptime and durability of the network.

The internet provider may use a coaxial cable on the transmission lines to the pole and then run the fiber optic lines into the house from there. The problem with that system is that the network speed can change as it moves from the cable wire to the fiber and is converted back to connect to the coaxial cable inside the home. The result can be network speeds that fluctuate during peak internet usage.

However, if the system is built correctly and fiber optic cable is used on the poles and inside the home, the speed may be greater than you can achieve with a standard coaxial cable. If you are considering fiber optic internet, ask about the system construction. 

Contact an internet provider in your area to learn more.