On an average basis, US Internet users get about 10 Mbps connection. The 1 Gbps provided by a gigabit connection is 100 times faster than this average. The concept of having more speed to load your favorite TV series or enjoy a faster online shopping experience sounds like a great idea, however, do you really need to pay the extra amount for an Internet connection that is 100 times faster than what your current plan is providing in order to meet your online activities?

Check out these five ways to help you determine whether or not it’s worth to make the additional household cost for a Gigabit service.

1. Is your computer gigabit capable?

Some Internet users who are geared up to subscribe for an ultra-fast Internet connection with a gigabit service might not even have a computer at home that is capable of delivering speeds they intend to spend for. Hence, it is important for you to consider your computer’s capability first before you sign up for this kind of service. If your computer and/or devices are currently not gigabit-capable, you need to upgrade your hardware and operating system first before you can actually achieve that certain kind of speed. It’s likely this won’t be worth the time, money, and trouble.

If your computer is running on Windows 10, 8, or 7, check out this guide so you can easily determine whether or not your computer is gigabit-capable.

2. Are you a gamer?

 

Slow Internet speeds are particularly frustrating when you’re counting on a reliable connection to keep your character alive in a mythical online world. This is why gigabit speeds might actually be worthwhile for avid gamers who are currently frustrated with their speeds. Experts say that speeds around 15 to 20 Mbps should be ample enough for most gamers, but if you also spend a lot of your time working from home, streaming movies, or streaming music in addition to your gaming activity, or if you live in a home along with other gamers, you might want to look into a higher speed.

3. How many devices/users are connected at the same time?

If you’re living on your own, it’s likely that you’re not connecting more than two devices to your Internet at once on most days. However, if you have roommates or a family sharing a home with you, you’ll probably have at least three devices connected at the same time at least once every day. When you bog down your connection with multiple users, you probably notice that the speed slows down significantly as you put additional strain on your bandwidth. This is why homes with multiple Internet users might be more likely to need a gigabit connection than homes with just one person who uses the Internet.

4. Do you work from home?

 

Your Internet speed might be solid enough to download small files like a few pictures or a Word doc, but many remote workers run into trouble when it comes to downloading large files from their boss or from a client. If you have an average Internet speed, it may seem like years to download or upload large files. This is why gigabit Internet might be something to consider if you work primarily from your home office.

5. What does your streaming behavior look like?

Most of us spend at least one weekend a year binge-watching an entire season of Netflix or Hulu. This kind of streaming won’t likely strain your bandwidth and eventually slow down your speed. However, if you have multiple devices trying to stream HD content on a regular basis, it’s likely this could greatly slow down your speed a bit by putting excessive strain on your Internet connection.

If you’re constantly trying to streami HD movies while working on your PC and then using the WiFi connection to check on your Facebook or other social media accounts, you might stand to benefit from a gigabit connection.



This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6:11:58 AM and is filed under Mixellaneous.

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