Cutting back your Internet speed can be a great way to save money, but if you use the Internet heavily the savings may not be worth the frustration. High speed Internet is often necessary in today’s world, especially if you work from home or stream movies and television shows regularly. Think about how often you have to wait for your internet connection to load pages, download files, or buffer videos.
If each one is only a few seconds, that time adds up pretty quickly, and we all know that time is money. If all that time adds up to a couple of hours per month, and your next upgrade is only $5 or $10 on top of what you pay now, that could mean it’s well worth the upgrade to high speed internet.
Switching to online streaming to cut your cable bill is financially savvy, but you probably won’t be able to stream your shows without frustration if you cut your Internet speed back also. One of the benefits of online streaming is that there are fewer commercials, but getting a buffering message is even worse than sitting through the ads. At least when you have commercial breaks, you can tell when they’re about to come. But buffering signals aren’t picky about timing. They’ll interrupt your favorite shows at the worst time possible, leaving you frustrated and impatient.
Working From Home
There are many benefits to working from home, but one of the drawbacks is that you are usually required to provide your own high speed Internet. Bundling your Internet with your home phone is a much better way to save money than reducing your Internet speed if you rely on the Internet for work. Having your Internet stall out during video conferences is embarrassing, and it could cost you your job. High speed Internet allows you to feel like you are sitting in the conference room, instead miles away at a computer. Having the highest speed available for your home Internet is one way to ensure that you won’t have to wait and can work just as efficiently at home as you can at the office.
Everyone Using the Internet at Once
A slower connection may be adequate for one or two people, but families who use access the Internet from multiple devices at the same time often become frustrated when their Internet speeds slow. Whether you’re accessing from a smartphone, tablet, computer, Blu-ray player or video game system, fast Internet speeds are a must so that nobody has to experience lagtime. It is recommended that families with four or more members who access the Internet regularly subscribe to Canada Internet that is at least 15 Mbps.
Communicating with Friends and Family
We live in an amazing age where we can communicate via video chat 24 hours per day, but fuzzy chats with poor audio are frustrating for everyone. A high speed connection allows you to communicate without having to wait for buffering or worry about the connection dropping. Communicating with family and friends is one of the most important aspects of our lives and a high speed connection makes it possible to feel like you could almost touch the people you’re video chatting with. Skype sessions and video conferencing can be a real drag when you’re trying to communicate through a bad internet connection. Remember when cell phones used to drop calls and get static reception? That’s nothing compared to choppy voice and video feed online. There may come a time in the future when internet speeds catch up with these services, but for now it’s best to do this on a high speed connection.