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5 tips for choosing a broadband package

It’s an indication of the ever-soaring importance of the internet when research reveals that broadband connectivity adds up to 5% to a property’s value and that potential owners deem high-speed internet connectivity more critical than nearby shops and off-road parking.

For most of us, internet ranks on par with water, electricity, and gas and certainly will take time to get a suitable deal worth the while. Below are our five tips for selecting a broadband package.

1. Consider the number of users in your household

A package with very high speeds is your best bet supposing you’ve got a large household.

Most homes have several gadgets that require an internet connection like gaming consoles, TVs, set-top boxes, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets.

For the above reasons, a shared house or family will demand an unlimited package coupled with high speeds, especially homes with internet-thirsty teens. Such an incredible broadband package will enable them to fulfill their music and video downloading, gaming and social media interactions without slowing your connection or surpassing usage limits.

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2. Your usage patterns

Upon establishing your preferred provider for broadband services, the next issue to contemplate is your degree of internet usage.

Supposing you’re a light user, and primarily engage in light browsing like checking Facebook, or checking mail a connection with speeds not over 10mbs is adequate.

However, for heavy internet users who periodically watch YouTube videos a 10 to 25 Mbps connection should suffice.

For big gamers or those who download tons of content, faster connections of 50 to 360 Mbps will do the trick, presuming they’re available, but they cost a pretty penny.

3. LAN or wireless

Most broadband dealers offer or require you to buy a wireless router due to the convenience it provides. Wired routers need connecting cables to your tablet or laptops which can at times prove annoying.

Also, you might discover that materials used during your home or office construction may considerably reduce the efficiency of wireless broadband by blocking signals.

The good news, however, is that there are ways to make things work despite your building’s construction.

One popular method is using powerline adapters which are plugged into your electrical sockets and make use of power lines to transmit data signals. Meaning you carry the internet connection right from the router in a particular room to anyplace within the house given it’s on the one electrical circuit. You can connect a computer using a network cable on the other end.

Alternatively, you can buy a wireless network repeater equipment which boosts signals to increase their range.

4. Compare all available package deals   

Compare all possible broadband deals for cost, availability, and reliability. Some dubious providers offer cheap line rentals through headlines. However, shrewd customers look beyond the headlines for what isn’t included and especially the support on offer.

It’s worthwhile to make comparisons to get the best value for money deal.

5. Broadband bundles

When purchasing broadband, you’ll often get amazing offers thrown at you. The offers may include free calls during certain hours or days or digital TV.

Alternately, you can opt for the bundle package with digital TV and broadband offered at a low price.  

 

About the author

Lana Martinez

Lana Martinez is a freelance technical writer living in the Santa Clara. She's a gadget and tech geek who loves to write how-to articles about a wide range of topics. When she's not writing about technology, Lana loves watching and reading mysteries, cross stitching, and attending musical theatre. She's also an avid Doctor Who fan.

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