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How to choose your internet connection

BY Samantha Cossick | Thu Feb 07, 2019
How to choose your internet connection

The internet is a big place and is growing at an unbelievable rate. More people than ever are getting online and there is an endless sea of content and websites to dive into. For families, choosing the right internet connection to connect can be the most important choice when it comes to your online activities.

Learn which of these 5 types of internet connections are best suited for your home and your needs.

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Frequently asked questions about internet connections

Get answers to some common questions about internet connections:

What is the best type of internet connection?

A fiber internet connection provides the fastest, smoothest online experience with download speeds up to 2,000 Mbps depending on your provider. Other fast, reliable internet connections include cable and DSL; however, they may not be available in all areas. In some cases, a satellite internet connection may be best.

How do you get Wi-Fi in your home?

To set up home Wi-Fi you’ll need to install a modem and router (or a dual modem-router combination) to send the signal through your home. Your provider may provide some or all of the equipment, or you may be required to purchase your own router. Your provider will also offer professional installation options or you can choose to self-install.

Why does my Wi-Fi keep disconnecting?

If your Wi-Fi keeps disconnecting, it may be related to one of these common issues:

  • You’re connected to the wrong Wi-Fi network
  • Your computer and/or modem/router needs a firmware or software update
  • There are too many connected devices on your home Wi-Fi network
  • Your Wi-Fi router isn’t compatible with your internet plan
  • There are obstacles blocking your router or you may need to boost your Wi-Fi signal

How do I increase my download speed?

If you run a speed test and find you’re not getting the download speeds advertised with your internet connection type and plan, you can try one of these options:

  • Reboot your Wi-Fi router
  • Reposition your modem/router to provide a clear signal
  • Upgrade your router to a newer version
  • Disconnect some internet-enabled devices
  • Disable unused apps that automatically connect
  • Update your firmware or software
  • Optimize your router and/or ISP settings

If you try all of these tips and still don’t see an increase in download speeds, call your internet service provider. They may be able to offer specific tactics to improve your speeds, or it may be time to consider a plan upgrade.

Know which internet connection type is right for you? Great! Give Allconnect® a call and we can get you set up with a plan that fits your needs.

Originally published 5/3/16. Last updated 12/19/18.
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