How to Choose the Internet Speed You Need, Part 2

Choosing an internet plan isn’t always easy. Most of us probably use our electronics without a thought for our internet connection — unless it’s on the fritz. When you’re looking for a new internet service provider or plan, you can make sure that you never experience the frustration of buffering or slow-loading web pages by choosing the type and speed of service you truly need. Here at Clarus Broadband, we are dedicated to giving residents of rural areas more options with a wide selection of internet plans for multiple- and single-family homes, as well as opportunities for you to bring lightning fast fiber optic internet to your community. Read today’s article to learn more about the facts and figures of choosing an internet plan and bring your friends and neighbors more choices by signing up with Clarus Broadband today!

What You Should Know

In part one of this series, we discussed a few of the terms you’ll need to understand in order to find the right internet service plan. Bandwidth, as we mentioned, is the rate of “bits” that your internet connection can handle at a time. If you choose a plan with more bandwidth, you’ll be able to handle larger amounts of data at a faster rate. The download and upload speeds available with your plan define the specific speeds at which you can pull files from the internet to your computer or vice versa. With these definitions, you should be able to research internet service plans with a higher level of understanding, but that’s not all you need to know in order to make an informed decision.

What You See May Not Be What You Get

One thing to keep in mind when shopping for internet plans is that you aren’t always guaranteed the exact speed advertised. Many internet service providers offer plans with speeds up to a certain number of Mbps. That means you can experience those speeds, but you are likely to experience a slightly slower connection most of the time.

What Can Slow You Down

There are a few factors that can affect the available speed and bandwidth of your connection, including the hardware you’re using – meaning your modem or router – and the quality of your service provider’s infrastructure. The biggest factor affecting your connection speed will often be network demand; when there are a lot of people using the same network, the internet service provider has to distribute bandwidth among you. For example, the period of time between most people get off of work and when they go to bed is going to have a lot of traffic, because many households like to utilize video streaming during this time to watch movies or TV shows.

What You Can Do

There are a few ways that you can boost your speed or productivity, like ensuring you have up-to-date hardware or waiting to download big files late at night when there is less demand on the network. Keep watching this blog for a later article with more extensive tips and tricks on how to do this.

Learn What You Need

Now that you have a better idea of what you’ll get with an internet plan, hopefully it will make shopping for an internet service provider easier. However, you still have to determine the speed and type of connection that will best suit your needs. It will depend on several factors, including how you plan to use your connection and how many people will be on the same connection. In part three of this series, we’ll help you outline the factors that will determine your specific internet service needs. There are no real shortcuts to finding answers to those questions, but there is a way that you can discover the speed of the internet connection you are currently using, and that will at least give you a baseline for your future plans. There are several websites that can measure the speed of your current connection, and there is even a speed test built into Google that you can utilize. Simply search for “internet speed test,” or use similar keywords like “measure internet speed,” and you should be able to find what you need.

Get Started Today

Begin your research today by exploring the plans offered by Clarus Broadband. We have several high-speed internet options for multi- and single-family homes, so you can choose what works for you. If the internet service in your neck of the woods is limited, don’t worry! Clarus Broadband knows how essential high-speed internet is to the economic health and future of a community, which is why we are committed to providing fiber optic internet to communities throughout rural Texas, Oklahoma, and beyond. We expand our network based on demand, so contact us today to let us know where we should build next!