With the rise of the Internet of Things, more and more devices in the home are becoming “smart” and powered by the internet to make our lives easier. Follow these steps to choose the right Internet speed level for your home and be better prepared for the future of automated devices.
1. Find a provider in your area. Ask around for recommendations on providers in your community and get a feel for network reliability and customer service. O.k. I’m a little bias – Cox Internet service continues to top the list of providers year after year.
2. Determine your budget. Calculate how much you are able to spend on Internet each month. Cox’s Connect2Compete program offers discounted Internet services for households with K-12 students who receive free or reduced lunches through the National School Lunch Program, or who qualify for SNAP and TANF programs.
3. Count your devices. The number of devices connected to the Internet in your home will help determine the Internet speed you need, especially if you’ll be using multiple devices such as a TV, smartphone and gaming system at once.
4. Go wireless. Wireless Internet streamlines the connection between all of your devices. Cox Panoramic WiFi pods ensure there are no dead spots throughout the house.
5. Choose a speed. Check out our Speed Advisor, which estimates your Internet usage and recommends the best speed package to match your needs.
6. Set it up right. It’s best to allow a professional technician to install the modem, as he or she is trained to ensure that you receive optimal speeds. If you’ve already installed it yourself, you can always have them come by to check your work.
7. Get speedy. If the speed package you purchased is not cutting it for the amount of devices you’re using, you can always upgrade to an increased speed. Gigablast speeds are now available statewide and offer the fastest, most expansive coverage that can power all of your Internet-connected devices simultaneously.
8. Remove obstacles. You may experience interference if your WiFi modem is on the far end of the house, obstructed by thick walls, near baby monitors or cordless phones. Ensure it is placed in an appropriate spot in the home, such as up on a desk in a central part of the home, for the best speed experience.
9. Try dual-band. Consider using a dual-band WiFi modem to separate devices. Putting your main equipment, such as computers and smart TVs, on 5 GHz and your mobile devices on lower 2 GHz ensures faster speeds.
10. Refer a friend. If you love your new Internet service, tell a friend! Many providers offer incentives such as money off your next bill for each referral.
Lisa Lovallo is the Southern Arizona market vice president for Cox Communications. Reach her at email@example.com.