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How to Get the Fastest Home Internet

EarthLink Staff By EarthLink Staff March 24, 2020

Summary: As more streaming services emerge, the demand on your home’s high-speed internet increases. Find out how to choose between many available options and what makes your connection fast.

These days, the best television, movies, and music often come from streaming services. Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and so many others offer millions of hours of content for anyone with a reliable internet connection to enjoy. But we’re also asking our internet to step up to plate to handle streaming, gaming, video calls, classes, work and so much more. 

But when you have a house full of devices, normal internet speeds just aren’t enough — you need the fastest home internet available.

These tips can help you pick the fastest home internet provider so you can get back to enjoying your favorite shows.

Picking the Right Type of High-Speed Internet

With dozens of internet providers offering many different types of internet services at a wide range of speeds, how do you decide which is the best for you and what to choose?

Fiber, cable, satellite, and DSL are just a few of the options you may be considering. While fiber internet boasts the quickest speeds, it’s not available everywhere yet. As the technology expands, fiber will become a more and more available and attractive option for homes and businesses across the U.S.

Cable may be the most common type of internet connection as it is more widely available to consumers. Cable internet requires a modem and computer (or router) and uses coaxial cables to supply an internet feed but can slow down with too many devices. Or when you and your neighbors (who all share the same cable lines) all need to be online at once. Hello, lag time. 

hand with remote control in front of streaming service screen how to get the fastest home internet

 

Satellite internet and DSL are typically found in more rural or isolated areas, relying on satellite dishes or telephone lines to deliver service. Connections can be slower but allow for a greater number of people outside of large cities to have access to the digital world.

The right type of internet connection depends entirely on your situation, and the fastest home internet is often found on a case-by-case basis. Ensure you have the speed for your needs with the right plan and internet service provider.

What Makes Internet Fast?

The number of devices and frequency of streaming, gaming, chatting, or sharing large files play a big role. To ensure that you (and everyone in the house) can jam out to music, cheer on the team, and binge TV shows, a strong and reliable high-speed connection is a top priority.

Fortunately, there are more internet service provider options than ever, and speeds are only getting faster.

Finding the right type of internet for your needs is the most important step in finding the fastest home internet. Perform regular speed tests on your device to see the connection you’re getting and talk to your internet service provider about any issues with lag time or throttling from data caps.

Make sure you stay connected with your favorite shows, people, classes, and more by exploring your internet options. The search for the fastest home internet changes constantly, and as technology evolves the industry and providers will too. Stay up to speed and never miss another moment.

 

Updated 2/15/2021

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