Pay Less for Faster Internet – How to speed up your home internet and save money
This post is relevant to you (yes, you) simply because you are reading this very sentence on home internet right now. So, we can assume you are hit with problems that often come with using the Internet like poor/slow connection and Internet costs. You are not alone; as of (March 2017), there are at least 3.74 billion Internet users. No wonder connection can be slow! That is a lot of people using the Internet. Americans pay the most in the world for broadband access. New Yorkers pay nearly double for home Internet connection than that of residents in London, Seul, Bucharest, and Romania.
You may be thinking to yourself that America’s home internet prices are so much higher because we have better quality and speed, but that is not the case. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Residents in Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Paris and more have connections about eight times faster than US Internet connection. Limited competition for home internet providers in the US creates this climate of paying outrageous prices for slow Internet connection.
Frustrated yet? Fret not, this post will show how to get the most bang for your buck. We have tips that will help you cut down Internet costs and advice on how you can speed up your Internet service.
How to make it cheaper:
Internet alone costs an average of $47 a month, with the fastest connections costing upwards of $150 each month. Here are some helpful hints to get the best deal on your Home Internet:
- The least creative option, but one with high potential to be effective, is to just cut a deal with your provider. The first way you can save money is to negotiate, compare your services and fees to other providers’ packages and deals to get the discount you deserve.
- If you make less than $35,000 a year, listen up. Most states’ providers will give you online access for just $9.95. You can save $30-100 per month on Internet just by qualifying for a government subsidy.
- One of the easiest and best ways to save money is to buy your own modem (router). While paying $5-$10 per month to use the router included in your internet provider’s plan may not seem like much, it adds up quickly. Buying your own router quickly makes up for the monthly rental fees and it can be used for years.
- Make sure you aren’t “wasting” the plan you pay for. Believe it or not, many people have faster plans than they even need. People who occasionally use Internet for things like social media, YouTube, and check emails should be fine with the simple or economy plan. However, you may want to consider staying on your plan or choosing the more expensive deals if you are an avid gamer or someone that requires wicked fast Internet speed and crystal-clear HD.
- Check the speed at speedtest.net. This could arguably go under the negotiation section. Internet providers boast their quick Internet, but what if the speed they are advertising is far from what you are receiving and paying for. Speedtest.net will check the speed you are actually getting. If you are getting significantly less than what you were advertised and offered, these are good grounds to call and negotiate a reimbursement and/or price reduction.
- Unplugging routers when you are not using them is a simple way to save money over time. Not only is it an environmentally sustainable practice and habit, it is a way to be money consciences and fiscally responsible.
How to make it faster:
The free and easiest ways to speed up your internet connection:
- Close open programs on your computer that are taking up bandwith
- Move your router to more central location
- Disable large send offload settings
If there is an option for 2.4GHz and 5GHz in the administrator panel, pick 5GHz. 2.4GHz tends to get more crowded and slow.
Check out your home’s wireless heat map. Download software that shows you exactly what coverage each location in your home is getting. This will be useful to know what areas get the best coverage and where you want to possibly reposition your router.
Keep neighbors from using your data and slowing your connection by securing your network with a password. To have even better security, hide your router’s SSID (Wi-Fi network name). Also, change the default username and password immediately and enable the WPA2 password protection for better security.
Devices that both save you money and speed up your Home Internet
As we said earlier, Internet providers will lease you a cable modem for around $120 annually. Not only does it save money to buy your own, it will also be faster, as the ones you rent from internet providers are often much slower. Here are just a few recommended devices to both save you money and speed up your Home Internet:
- ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 cable modem: this $60 modem offers speeds of up to 343 Mbps and is compatible with most cable systems.
- TP – Link Talon AD7200 Multi-Band Wi-Fi Router: this is a more expensive option ($350), but it provides the fastest Wi-Fi around.
- Portal: Portal fixes the problem of neighbor congestion that causes slow connection. Portal moves your Wi-Fi to dedicated “Fast Lanes” that your neighbors will not interfere with.
For those of you who have read this far, congrats! With the help of our internet-connection life hacks, you can start to lower your Home Internet costs and get faster connection – double-win!