Factors to Consider Before Upgrading your Internet

The Internet has come a long way and now it has become an important part of our day-to-day life, so much so, that it has taken up the status of an essential service today. If observe the present state of the world, we see that in today’s society it would be impossible to live without the internet, and hypothetically speaking, the world would come to a standstill without it.

Many of our daily activities and quite important tasks have transcended online thanks to the ongoing pandemic, and the internet is the sole medium that is allowing all these activities like work from home and online education to continue while simultaneously acting as a major tool of communication with the outside world. The complete education system of the world is standing on the internet along with the entire concept of remote work from home, both these activities simply wouldn’t exist without the internet.

There is an immense load on the internet both in terms of users and high data consuming activities which raises another critical problem as well, slow connection speed. Essentially, the internet is a collection of small networks that are connected to other networks around the world, therefore, creating a web of interconnected networks called the World Wide Web.

Once you get an internet connection from an Internet Service Provider often known as ISP, that particular ISP assigns you a transmission line that is connected to your house modem. On the backend that line connects to the ISP’s server where the server is a device that is part of that global network, it is the server that allocates your house line an IP address along with a specific range of bandwidth which is the speed and a data allowance as well that you can use for a specific time duration, generally a month. 

Once a set bandwidth is assigned to your connection, that becomes your internet speed, which is further divided into different devices that are connected to your home internet network. Applying a simple rule of division tells us that an increased number of internet users or connected devices means less the bandwidth is going to be assigned to each device or user, this is often how the problem of slow internet originates.

How Slow Internet Creates Problems

For some people, slow internet can be more dangerous than having no internet at all. In a time where streaming and gaming are considered full-time jobs, people earn through working from home or are taking online education, all because of the internet. None of these activities would work on a slow internet connection.

Gone are the times when a 56 Kbps dial-up connection was the talk of the town. A high-speed internet connection is the need of the hour. People doing work from home over the internet, or students enrolled in online classes need a stable internet connection to continue their flow of work and education respectively. On the flip side, in some areas, the internet is the sole means of communication, this increases the importance of a decent internet connection drastically. But, before you decide to upgrade, many factors need to be checked in order to make the most suitable choice.

Figure out Your Provider

Most people generally wish to stick with their current providers but oftentimes their current provider has limitations regarding the upgrade that they’re looking for or the amount of data that they’re getting, in other cases the switch is substantially due to financial reasons as switching to a new provider can bring enhancements to the overall internet experience through better service quality than just upgrading your package with the existing provider.

The switch makes sense as well because most providers offer special promos and discounts for new users, an example of this is in the shape of Cox internet plans for new customers that offer promotional discounted pricing along with many free perks.

Identify Your Usage 

Numerous internet providers are offering different types of services from telecommunication giants all the way to small companies limited to certain states. In fact, there are more than 7000 internet-providing companies in the US alone and not all of them offer the same kind of service, prices, and plans. These uncertainties might confuse a user who’s trying to find a simple upgrade. So most users prefer to stick to their current provider.

But before upgrading an existing internet plan, a user should work out his or her usage depending upon the devices that are going to be connecting to the internet, the sort of internet-related tasks they occasionally perform like streaming, gaming, working from home, large uploads/ downloads. This would give users a better idea regarding which speed plan they should go with and whether an unlimited internet plan is their preference because keep in mind, upgrading doesn’t come cheap.

Check Whether the Equipment Works

Most times, the problem of slow internet can also be caused due to defective or outdated equipment. Internet Service Providers recommend that the client lease equipment from them because it comes with added benefits like guaranteed speeds, added protection, and in some cases damage warranty with a free repair. So, just in case the product gets damaged it can be replaced or repaired free of cost. But, many customers still prefer to with their own equipment to save costs on monthly rental.

In this case, the most common problem that arises is compatibility issues. Either the modem is faulty or isn’t meant to handle the high speeds that a customer has subscribed to, even though when everything is compatible there still is a chance of error in the shape of damaged wring of the house. These factors need to be checked first before upgrading your internet to ensure that you get the promised speeds that you’re paying for, or in some cases fixing these problems increases the speed eliminating the need to upgrade.

Is there Actually the Need for an Upgrade?

This might sound absurd but often times you don’t actually need an upgrade. A slow internet problem faced by regular consumers has many factors involved in it. The main one is several users connected to a single network at the same time, as we explained before, an increased number of users leads to a divide in bandwidth and results in a slow connection for everyone.

Another issue affecting speeds can be defective equipment or wiring. If you see in retrospect, these problems can either be quickly fixed or subsides on their own. Still, upgrading the internet is entirely a user’s choice, and if they want to upgrade they are more than welcome to do it by all means. 

Conclusion

The whole point of this article is to educate a regular consumer that what might cause their slow internet in the first place as well as the pointers he or she needs to keep in mind before upgrading the internet plan. We also tried giving some quick fixes to users that might help with the speed of the internet eliminating the need to upgrade altogether.

Bryan V. Root
Bryan V. Root
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