In the 1990s, many people were attracted to the prospect of the Internet for it gave them the means to communicate with loved ones in other states or countries without the long wait of traditional mail to reach the destination. Letters that used to take weeks to travel back and forth from locations now take a few moments. Email has become a heavily used form of communication because it offers the instant gratification of reaching our friends and family.
As we charge head-on into the 21st century, adaptations to the Internet are providing a wide range of services that we wouldn’t have conceived of in the 1990s. As email was a basic ability that required very little connection power, many still don’t realize the potential that high-speed Internet holds for other activities.
1. Streaming Content
Millions of people stream content to their computers and mobile devices on a regular basis. The more power you have to your Internet connection, the faster this content is brought to you. Although the speeds of specific websites are capped at a certain rate to help ensure everyone has equal access, greater bandwidth within your home will allow more than a single person to stream that content at the same time without feeling the effects of slower connections.
2. Multiplayer Gaming
Higher speeds to your home equals a better experience for gaming. Slower access to the Internet could cause synchronization problems to the game server which could affect your game-play. For example, in games where timing is crucial such as first-person-shooters or real-time strategy games, latency between yourself and the game server could cause you to play poorly against other players. And like streaming content, higher bandwidth to your location increases the amount of people you can have in your home playing online together without causing the latency problems.
Many of today’s offices, schools, and even homes use some method of Voice-over-Internet-Protocol. This is where you use the Internet to make phone calls. A slower access to these phone servers could cause a typical phone call to become distorted and difficult to understand. When it comes to anything accessing the Internet, a faster speed means a better connection for what ever your purpose is. In this case, the calls will be clearer without having the “choppy” effect where every other word is missing in the conversation.
4. Purchasing Software
There are a lot of companies that are focusing a great deal of development of new software to be sold online as digital downloads. This allows them to make far more money on their titles for it removes the need for boxes, inks, paper, and third-party resellers. The overhead is much lower and most of the time, some of the savings is given to the consumer at a reduced digital only price. Faster Internet speeds will greatly affect the time it takes you to download one of these programs or update one you already have. Updates from companies such as Microsoft that would have taken several hours on an old dial-up modem now take less than a minute on high-bandwidth cable or DSL connections.
5. Multi-computer Households
High speed access doesn’t just cover how quickly you’re able to access websites. As more devices in the home are tapping the Internet access, you could begin to feel the effects of slowing down in general. Whether this connection is from computers, tablets, smartphones, or TVs more devices will reduce the capacities for quick access. A higher bandwidth will be needed if you have multiple devices accessing the Internet simultaneously.
Technologies are continuing to develop at a rapid pace. As each individual piece of the tech-puzzle is laid into place, another innovative use is developed. The possibilities are endless for personal and professional expansion and we should embrace this change for it will make our lives easier than we could previously imagine.
Ken holds a master’s in business leadership from Upper Iowa University and multiple bachelor degrees from Grand View College. As president of morningsidenannies.com, Ken’s focus is helping Houston-based parents find the right childcare provider for their family. When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his three children and his wife.
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