Picking the right Internet plan can feel confusing. You will see terms like 'bandwidth' and 'data caps', and we like to educate people on how to understand them.
We walk you through everything you need to know so you can choose the best Internet plan for your family.
Before you pick an Internet plan, it's good to know what you'll be using the Internet for. This helps you find the best Internet for you!Household Size and Number of Devices
The first thing to think about is how many people will be using the Internet. Do you have a big family, or not many users? More people using the Internet at one time means you'll need a stronger Internet plan to support everyone.
You will also have to think about how many phones, tablets, and computers that will be connected. If lots of devices are using Wi-Fi at the same time, you'll need a plan that can handle it all. Thermostats, smart lights, and other things will all be sharing the Internet as wellOnline Activities
Different things you do online need different amounts of Internet "strength." Here's what that means:
Before we dive deeper, let's review some important words that will help you understand what kind of Internet package you need.Bandwidth
Bandwidth is like a highway. The bigger the highway, the more cars can go on it at the same time without a traffic jam. More bandwidth means more data (like videos, games, and web pages) can move quickly and easily to your computer or phone.Speed
This is how fast that data gets to you. It's usually measured in something called "Mbps," which stands for Megabits Per Second. Don't get stuck on the term though! Just remember:
Apsis doesn't have ANY data caps, but other companies do. It is like a limit on how much you can use the Internet each month. Imagine you have a bucket, and each thing you watch videos or playing games—fills that bucket a little bit. Once the bucket is full, you might have to pay extra or your Internet might slow down.
Now that you know some terminology, let's talk about the different ways you can get Internet at home. Just like there are different types of cars, there are different types of Internet. Each one has its good sides.DSL
DSL stands for "Digital Subscriber Line," but you can just think of it as "Decent Speed Line." It's not the fastest, but it's usually more affordable.
Cable Internet comes from the same line as your cable TV. It's faster than DSL but can get crowded if everyone in your neighborhood is using it at the same time.
Fiber Optic is like the sports car of the Internet. It's super fast, but not everyone can get it because it's not available everywhere.
Satellite Internet comes from a satellite in the sky! It's available almost everywhere, but it's usually slower and can be affected by the weather.
We all want to save money, but sometimes the cheapest option isn't the best. You need to think about what you're getting for the price.
View all our high-speed internet plans and see why people make the switch to Apsis Internet.Contract vs. No-Contract
Some Internet plans want you to sign a contract for a year or more, while others let you pay month-to-month.
Some companies like Apsis let you bundle your Internet with other things like TV or a home phone. This could save you money if you use all of them.Reliability
Think about how reliable the Internet service is. Ask friends or neighbors who use the same service.Customer Service
At Apsis, we pride ourselves on local and personal supprt. If something goes wrong, you need to know we'll help you fix it fast.
You're almost an Internet pro now! You might still have a few questions, or there are things you're not sure about. Let's tackle some of the most common ones.
We have an entire frequently asked questions page for more internet related questions.Can I Get Faster Internet Later?
Yes, most companies let you change your plan if you need faster Internet later on. Just remember, a faster plan usually costs more money.What Happens if I Go Over My Data Cap?
If you have a plan with a data cap and you use too much Internet, two things could happen:
Most companies give you a choice to install it yourself or have a technician come to your house. If you're good with some basic tech, you can probably do it yourself and save money!Common Pitfalls to Avoid
Wow, you've learned a lot! We've talked about how to figure out what you really need from your Internet, like how fast it should be and how much it should cost.
We've also gone over those tricky words like 'bandwidth' and 'data caps.' Plus, you even know the pros and cons of different types of Internet connections now.
Choosing the right Internet plan isn't just about picking the cheapest or the fastest option. It's about finding what fits you and your family best. And guess what? You're now fully prepared to do just that! So go ahead, take the plunge and pick the best Internet plan for you.
If you ever get confused, you can always call us (866) 954-5176 or come back to this guide for a quick refresher.
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