With so many options available in the telecommunications industry, it can be difficult to determine which internet service is best for you. When trying to decide which kind of internet is best for your household or business, it’s important to take several factors into account, including speed, price, and accessibility.
As co-owner of G5 Internet Services, Richard Galvan of Rio Grande Valley, Texas, is familiar with the various types of services available. G5 Internet Services is an internet service provider (ISP) that delivers high-speed internet and streaming services to residential, commercial, and state and local governments. Mr. Galvan shares his insight into internet service types and which might be best for your home or business.
Types of Internet Services
There are several different kinds of internet services available to households and businesses, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. It’s important to note; however, that not all types will be available in every location. When determining availability in your area, research can be conducted online using various sites to input your address and determine whether or not a particular service type is available to you. There are four common and reliable kinds of internet service currently available including cable, DSL, fiber-optic and wireless internet.
Cable internet is provided through your cable service, using the existing cable wires in your home or office. This internet service may be a reliable option for some households and businesses, as cable internet can provide high-speed service. However, with cable internet, the service is shared between locations. This means that the speed of your service will likely be greatly decreased during peak hours due to network congestion. Richard Galvan notes that cable can be an affordable and fast option for households that don’t often use the internet during peak times. However, if you intend to use the service during the early evening, or any other peak time, this type of service may not be for you.
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
DSL internet is delivered via the telephone wires already in your home or office. With DSL, network congestion isn’t a problem however, you may experience outages during storms. In addition, DSL is not available in many areas because of the decrease in quality that occurs when locations are far-removed from the internet service provider. For example, near a source line, households may experience speeds of up to 100 Mbps (Megabits per second); however, those physically farther from the service provider will only see up to 25 Mbps. Richard Galvan notes that, if your location is near a service provider then DSL can provide affordable, high-seed quality internet. If not, you may want to consider another type of internet service.
If you’re looking for ultra-fast internet, fiber-optics can provide fast service at a comparable price. However, while fiber-optics can deliver up to 500 Mbps, this type of service is not widely available. More infrastructure is still needed in many areas to allow for the delivery of fiber-optic services. However, with technology continuously developing, this service is becoming available in more locations on a regular basis.
Satellite internet is a wireless service that offers typical speeds of 20 Mbps. This option is widely available, even in remote areas, making it an attractive option. In fact, satellite internet may be one of only a few options for households and businesses in rural areas. Prices may be higher for satellite services; however, the internet delivered is reliable and safe from interruptions. Wireless services that use point to point and point to multi-point technology can also offer reliable, fast, and affordable internet to locations including the most rural areas, says Richard Galvan. Without the need for wired connections, many households and businesses favor wireless internet services.
What Kind is Best for Me?
According to Richard Galvan, in order to determine which kind of internet service is best for you, it’s important to consider speed, price, and availability.
For basic web use, most households will only require 1 to 4 Mbps, depending on how many people will be using the service. However, if you commonly stream content like HD videos, you may want to consider 8 Mbps for a single person or approximately 32 Mbps for four users. When it comes to speed, fiber-optics and wireless services, like point to point and point to multi-point, can offer the best options. Unfortunately, fiber-optic service is not available in all locations. Wireless services; however, are able to be delivered nearly anywhere, including remote locations.
When considering price, it’s important for consumers to research their options, as different internet service providers will offer different pricing.
In terms of availability and reliability, cable internet is widely available, but interruptions and varying speeds during peak hours can be frustrating to users. DSL is also widely available but can be slow depending on your distance from the service provider. In many cases, fiber-optic services will not yet be available to households and businesses, as more infrastructure needs to be put in place to reach certain areas. Wireless solutions are therefore the best option in terms of availability and reliable internet. Point to point, point to multi-point, and satellite technologies all allow for internet services to be delivered in remote locations. Unfortunately, satellite services can sometimes be slow, therefore point to point and point to multi-point services may be your best option, notes Richard Galvan.
Once you’ve determined which kind of service is best for you, you’ll need to decide on an internet service provider. When considering different providers, it’s beneficial to lean towards local companies, as they can provide the most reliable service. Unlike large organizations, local companies can provide quick and personalized service.