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Is your Internet plan the right one for you? With Internet Service Providers (ISPs) providing so many packages, plans and tiers, it can be tough to figure out which is the right one for your household. You want faster Internet, but you don’t want to overpay for a package you don’t need.
In this article we’ll go over some of the terms you need to know when researching your Internet plan and look at some home-network fixes to consider before changing your service. Whether you’re experiencing Internet slowness and considering an upgrade or want to see if you’re making the most of your current plan, this article will give you the tools to make an informed decision.
Single or Small Household: 100-200 Mbps
Small to Medium Household: 200-400 Mbps
Large Household: 400 Mbps to 1 Gig
Multiple devices performing bandwidth heavy tasks at the same time, like 4K streaming, video calls or file transfers
Neighbors whose WiFi networks operate on the same channel (Spectrum Internet is secure and private)
Devices with older WiFi technology that limit the speed at which they can connect
Poor router placement where the antennas are blocked, the router is on another floor of the home, or it’s near a signal-interfering device like a microwave
Routers that need a software update
At least 2 high-bandwidth activities at once, such as work from home, distance learning, or 4K streaming
Multiple connected devices browsing apps, gaming and HD streaming
High-bandwidth activities on multiple devices
An “always-on” smart home with around 10 devices, including smart home appliances and voice assistants
Upload/download of large files and batches
Many users and connected devices performing high-bandwidth activities
Smart home with over 10 devices, including cameras
Live streaming in high-resolution video
Upload/download of huge files and batches
An increase in the number of users in your home may be slowing available speeds, especially if each person is using multiple devices. Turn off unused devices or limit the number of connected devices in your household.
Distance between router and device and physical barriers like closed doors, walls and floors can affect the Internet speed you get on your device. Move your router to a location near where you use the Internet the most.
Microwaves and radios can emit signals that interfere with the transmission of your WiFi signal. Try separating them or moving your router to another room.
Software and hardware updates can both limit your available speed. Routers may require software updates that don’t automatically install, and older devices may be using outdated WiFi technology that caps the potential Internet speed. Install software updates and consider upgrading older devices.