Do you need to get Internet service installed in your home or apartment? If so, it helps to ask yourself the following questions so that you can make the right decision on what to get.
How Will You Use the Internet?
It is important to ask yourself how you'll use your Internet access to determine the right kind of service for you. If you have a business out of your home, it may be best to buy a commercial internet package to fit your needs. These packages often have higher upload and download speeds, priority service in terms of phone support and repairs, and no caps on the amount of data that you can upload or download. If you are pushing a lot of data due to your job, this may be a necessity since you cannot afford downtime. Of course, business plans often come at a higher cost for these benefits.
If you are strictly looking at the Internet for residential use, your needs can help determine your speeds. If you are living alone and don't do a lot of video streaming, you can likely get by with a slower speed plan. However, a larger family that streams a lot of video in the evening may need a faster plan with higher download speeds to accommodate all those simultaneous 4K video streams.
Do You Plan to Own or Rent Your Equipment?
Many ISPs give you the option to own or rent the equipment needed for the Internet. The exception tends to be when you also get phone service from your Internet provider, which requires a special modem to do so. However, supplying your own modem and router can lead to cost savings that add up over the years.
If you decide to bring your own equipment, expect that customer service to be a bit different when the Internet is not working. You'll still need an approved modem that your Internet provider accepts so they can still do some remote diagnostics, such as telling you if the modem is getting a service and performing remote restarts. The issue that you may run into is that you will be expected to pay for service calls that require going into your home due to your own equipment malfunctioning. If you rent the equipment, those service calls will typically be free if you're calling about malfunctioning rental equipment.
Learn more about your options by contacting Internet installation companies.