A friend of mine posted an update on Facebook looking for inexpensive High-Speed internet, which got me thinking and researching. So, I thought I would share in case there are more of you out there.
The main problem is that there are very few companies that offer affordable High-speed internet. Among the few are Comcast, Qwest, Earthlink. (I’ll just talk about Comcast and Qwest—although I have had Earthlink—yuk). I won’t go into Satellite or internet from Cell Phone providers, because it is too expensive at the moment are not “always on”
You have basically two-kinds of high-speed:
- Digital Cable (Comcast): This utilizes your cable line to bring the signal to your home.
- DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) (Qwest): This uses your copper phone lines to bring the service to your home. Depending on your existing phone wiring, this could be a shoddy connection if you have old wiring.
For reliability, Digital Cable is really the only way to go.
You will rarely have to restart your modem or have general connectivity issues. It is more expensive, but that is because there aren’t very many cable high-speed service providers out there, so there isn’t a real competition to lower money. The only competition is with DSL providers, and well, that isn’t really competition.
DSL on the other hand, maybe cheaper, but you need to be within so many miles of a connection station to get a reliable signal. If your too far away, your modem will loose the connection and you will need to restart your modem. For instance, when I had DSL, I needed to restart my modem and my computer once a day, a real pain in the ass.
Now, they may tell you you’re within the range limit, but they could easily lie to you to get your service, it isn’t uncommon. I ended up having what was called “ADSL”. (Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line) Which basically means that the data comes to me at different speeds. So, I was paying for a fast speed connection, but that was not what I was getting (depending on the day, traffic, etc.) Some days it was slower than using dial-up!
So, you need to research and see what your going to be using it for. If your just checking email, putzing on the internet, DSL may be fine for you (if you don’t mind restarting it every day). But if your streaming video, sending large files, playing internet or lots of games, Digital Cable is your answer. Again, you get what you pay for. If you want blazing fast speeds, you’ll have to pay for it.
Comcast does offer bundled packages. I have all three (internet, cable, phone) so I save around $15 on my internet service.
Just for your info: The basic into plan for Comcast is about $43/month (after their 6 mo. Promo of $20/month. Qwests DSL basic plan, with no phone is $30/month.
Comcast’s basic plan is still faster than Qwests, so for about $13 more a month, you get better service, less technical hassle.
(Prices are subject to change).
Again, research and get what works for you! Also, keep in mind that technology is ever changing, and some of what I said may now be out of date or inaccurate.