The signs are all under our eyes but due to inexperience we could mistake them for something else. The network that jumps constantly, the videos that freeze, the ‘eternal’ download of some files, the online games that just don’t want to turn in the right direction. SOStariffe.it has identified the five main ‘symptoms’ of a no longer performing home connection, which should put us on alert and lead us to evaluate other internet service providers. Other companies can guarantee, at the same or even lower prices, a network that meets our needs.
1) Maximum speed: performance compared
The technological evolution, albeit slow and very gradual, of home internet connections in Italy, today allows us to browse up to 1 gig in download, on average. With peaks of 2.5 giga in some cases. If we have had an internet subscription that has been underwritten for years, it is possible that our provider will not allow us to take advantage of the highest standards available today. How do we notice that our connection is out of date?
Comparing the maximum network speed we can rely on with the maximum speed promised by the major operators on the market at the moment. If there is a big gap, something is wrong. By comparing, however, the nominal speed of our connection, declared by the operator, with the real one, it is possible to have an even more precise idea of the actual quality of the network. Also in this case, if the gap between the two data is significant, it will be necessary to make the appropriate assessments. Changing operators may solve the problems.
To find out the connection speed at which we can surf once a new home internet offer has been signed, we can check the coverage in the place where we live. To check the performance of our network, however, it is possible to perform a speed test. The speed test provided by SOStariffe.it for example, works by entering a few essential data.
2) Check the hardware to make sure everything is ok
Sudden drops in connection could be due to technical problems, which can be solved in a few hours by the company. When network downtimes are very frequent, the blame could instead be attributed to our equipment. Cables, for example, may be damaged or disconnected.
Or it could be a temporary block of the router. In this case, it is often solved by simply turning the device off and on again. The same goes for the PC in case the WiFi network is no longer detected. If the computer fails to connect via wi-fi, you can try to connect with the ethernet cable as an alternative.
Once we are satisfied that our equipment is in order, we could cultivate the legitimate suspicion that the connection drops are due to our internet contract.
3) If simultaneous surfing is just a dream
Another clear ‘clue’ that must make us suspect that we are not using an excellent fixed network connection in terms of performance is the impossibility of surfing with multiple devices at the same time. We realize this because the connection slows down dramatically when there are multiple devices connected (for example two smartphones, a PC and a smart TV).
Suffice it to say that even a key, or a mobile phone in hotspot mode, is now able to support the simultaneous navigation of different devices with good general performance. Based on this consideration, it is possible to make our own assessments.
4) We are barred from streaming: too much buffering
Nowadays we can view streaming content, such as movies or TV series, in standard, HD or even full HD and Ultra HD modes. If for high definition it is necessary to rely on a very fast connection, for the standard mode an ADSL network with at least 7 megs in download is sufficient.
If our network does not respect these minimum parameters, buffering problems and unpleasant interruptions will continually occur that can make it impossible to view a movie with a solution of continuity. This is yet another sign that our connection is out of step with the times. Therefore, we pay attention to slowdowns in loading or total blocking of the streaming.
5) No online games: the network is a snail
To play online, it’s not just the surfing speed that counts. Good latency times are also important. Latency indicates the time from the moment the system sends a signal to the moment it receives a response. If the ‘back and forth’ is too slow, then online gaming becomes an impossible feat. This is another excellent indicator on which to pause and reflect that it is not necessary to change home internet subscription.
How to find the best performing offer
If we are looking for a new connection in Fiber or Adsl and intend to study in detail the characteristics of the offer that suits us best, we can use the comparison tool SOStariffe.it https://www.sostariffe.it/internet-casa/. Furthermore, thanks to the SOStariffe.it App, which can be downloaded for free from the iOS and Android store, it is possible to receive dedicated savings tips https://www.sostariffe.it/app/
Source: RSS DiariodelWeb.it Innovazione by www.diariodelweb.it.
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