Unlike cell phone companies that make customers pay for additional data once they’ve hit their monthly allowance, satellite internet companies typically just slow your connection speed once you’ve crossed your data threshold. This is part of a Fair Access Policy that grants every satellite internet customer equal access to the web. Whether your internet plan is the most basic option available or you’re paying for extra data, your speed will be faster before you hit your data threshold. While that may be a bummer for some customers, it doesn’t have to be a recurring issue. Follow these tips to ensure you never have to deal with a slower connection at the end of the month:
- Go with the best provider: The easiest way to get the most out of your data threshold is to ensure you have the best satellite internet provider on the market! Although there are a few companies that offer similar services, HughesNet internet in San Bernardino County is the best in the business. HughesNet guarantees the most bang for your buck when it comes to monthly data limits, and also offers superb customer service if you ever run into an issue. Don’t waste your time with any other services, schedule HughesNet installation and get started surfing the web in no time at all!
- Avoid peak hours: The hours between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m. are the busiest time of the day when it comes to internet usage. Since that’s the case, web pages typically take longer to load. Satellite internet providers offer bonus data incentives to keep users offline during these times. Use your bonus data, which is given out late at night, to download large files and make updates to your computer. No one wants to waste their data budget just to update their machine!
- Know how much data you’re using: In order to get the most out of your data threshold, it helps to know how much data you’re using while you’re online. You may not know it, but not all online activities use up the same amount of data. For example, two hours of binging your favorite show on Netflix doesn’t use the same amount of data as spending two hours on Facebook or browsing other random websites, like we all enjoy doing. In fact, two hours of streaming video (watching Netflix or YouTube videos) is equivalent to loading 1,024 web pages or sending and receiving 2,000 emails! It’s not a bad idea to sit down with your family to make sure everyone understands this fact. It helps if everyone in the household is on the same page when it comes to web usage.
- Monitor your usage: Dovetailing off the previous point, it’s important to know how much data you’ve used throughout the course of the month. If you’re aware of how much data you have left, you won’t run the risk of going overboard and having slower internet. The HughesNet Usage Meter is an easy way to see how much data you and your family have used throughout the month, and how much you have left.
If you currently don’t have a high-speed internet connection at your home or office, JDS Systems would be happy to help! We’re an official partner with HughesNet internet in San Bernardino County, and offer sales, installation and service for all HughesNet products. Give us a call today to learn more about HughesNet, and to schedule a consultation for installation!