Choosing an Internet Service ProviderToday, the World Wide Web has become an integral part of our daily life. A large number of tech-savvy people all over the world use the global Internet to browse websites, book railway/bus/airplane tickets, apply for jobs, watch movies, operate social media websites, transfer money from one bank account to another, pay utility bills, and perform a lot of work. We can say that our life is totally dependent on the Internet.
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1. Determine the Type of Internet connection You NeedThere are several ways to access the Internet. All these Internet connection technologies differ from each other in terms of connection technology, the stability of the connection, response time, data transfer, hardware capacities of the computer or mobile device, etc. Just determine your daily Internet data consumption needs and choose anyone from the following:
Types of Internet Connection
I. Satellite InternetThe coverage of this type of Internet connection is the widest. So, you can use the Internet anywhere in the world without any hassle. But, the satellite Internet has remained not very popular among people because of many reasons. It provides one-way access, which means the transfer of information is possible only from the Web to the user. There is no reverse transfer of data at all. This type of connection has relatively low reliability and depends on meteorological condition. If the satellite faces any problem, the Internet connection deteriorates sharply or disappears completely.
There are other disadvantages of it also-very expensive equipment for connection, high cost of use, and low response speed. So, people use this type of Internet connection only when they live in remote areas where other there is simply no other way to use the global Internet.
II. Mobile InternetAs reflected by its name, you can use this type of the Internet wherever you are in the coverage area of the provider (mobile operator).
You can access the Internet in two different ways:
(A) Via a mobile phone &
(B) Through a special modem.
A special modem can be connected to a smartphone, tablet or laptop via USB ports (mini USB) as a separate small device. These days, almost all modern mobile phones have access to the Internet. A few obsolete models of mobile phones are connected to the Internet using slow and expensive GPRS technology. For more modern mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets mobile operators offer high-speed connection technologies that can provide access to the Internet, like CDMA, WiMAX, LTE, UMTS. If a mobile gadget does not have a built-in modem capable of supporting these technologies, almost all mobile operators can offer their branded connectable modem. Always keep in mind that the data transfer speed of these technologies can vary greatly in different locations of the user.
III. Telephone Connection (dial-up)It is one of the most common ways of connecting to the Internet, used by most of the people. You gain access to the Internet by connecting a computer or laptop via a wired modem to a telephone line. The phone line remains busy and can't be used until the end of the session on the Web. This type of Internet connection is expensive and its speed is slow or sometimes pathetic.
IV. Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity)Wi-Fi is one of the modern forms of wireless communication, which is widely used on smartphones, tablets and laptops. It is because these devices have a special module that allows you to access the Internet when you are the range of Wi-Fi access points (around 100 meters). You can purchase a Wi-Fi module separately and connect it to the PC as a separate embedded board, or as an external device connected via USB. This type of connection is not in great demand among business users of the Internet because the access points are usually overloaded and the final speed of the Internet becomes pathetic. You can have free access to the Wi-Fi Internet at various public places, such as airports, railway stations, cafes, hotels, petrol stations, etc.
V. ADSLIt is a special kind of connection to the Internet through a telephone line. During this period, the Internet connection does not interfere with the work of the phone. The quality of such a connection is excellent with a high data transfer rate and stability.
VI. Direct connectionIt is perhaps the best way to connect to the Internet. The user's computer is connected to the service provider with the help of an ordinary network cable. This type of Internet connection has several advantages, such as high speed, stability, reliability, low cost.
2. SpeedAlmost all Internet service providers always talk about high speeds of Internet connection. But, in most of the cases, their Internet speed is slow. So, is the maximum speed for each consumer so important? Of course Yes, which largely depends on their needs.
Speeds of Internet connection
Speed up to 10 Mb / secIt is sufficient for performing simple actions on the Internet, such as reading news, correspondence in social networks, using the Internet banking, checking e-mail, etc. It is suitable for all those people who use the Internet for non-commercial purposes.
Speed up to 50 MB / sIt is suitable for everyday operations, such as to watch videos and movies on the Internet, communicate with friends and relatives via Skype, download files, etc.
Speed up to 300 Mb / sIt is a high-speed Internet connection that is suitable for people who download a lot of information, receive and send large files, videos and photos playing computer games online. All those people who work from home and perform different business activities of the company may need a high-speed Internet connection on their PC or laptops.
3. Technical SupportWhile choosing an Internet service provider, you also need to consider how soon and in what time frame you will receive technical assistance if you face technical glitches. It is best to specify the timing and cost of eliminating technical problems immediately after connection. Always keep in mind that a reliable service provider always solves problems as soon as possible. Just write down the phone numbers of the technical support service and contact with a specialist who is able to resolve the problem in a short time.
4. Go Through Customer ReviewsReviews and feedback are important for selecting an Internet service provider. You can find candid reviews about the Internet service providers on Q-A websites, tech blogs, and simply by contacting your friends and relatives. Ask questions about the stability of the connection. Visit the social media pages of companies, see users comment and take an appropriate decision accordingly.
5. Free Additional Services or DiscountsSometimes, companies offer additional free services to customers to attract them. For instance, most providers offer users free IPTV when they purchase an Internet connection. Some others offer seasonal discounts on their packages.
6. PriceIf you use the Internet commercially, the bills of the rapidly increasing Internet consumption can make a big hole in your budget. So, don't choose a service provider randomly. Just gather information about the presence of service providers in your locality and collect more information about their performance on key parameters, such as the quality of services provided, the positive and negative aspects of each provider, etc. Call each provider and find out the cost of services per month along with other benefits. Choose a company that is ready to offer the maximum services at an affordable price tag.
7. EquipmentIt matters a lot if you are looking for a good Internet connection service. Choose a company that offers good modems and routers and let you enjoy a high-speed Internet connection. Poor-quality hardware often causes disturbance in the Internet connection and daily business operations.
ConclusionWhile choosing an Internet service provider, you should use the above considerations and choose a company that offers maximum data reliability, technical support, and other related benefits. This will help you to enjoy the benefits of a good Internet connection and perform your personal and professional duties smoothly.
Lisa Cooper works as a writer for Fixtel, an Australian owned and operated telecommunications company to provide quality telecommunications services and solutions. He is a web addict and spends too much time in front of the computer. When he manages to get away for more than 10 minutes, he will read books, travel or shoot photos.