Frequently Asked Questions About Internet

Q: What is Bandwidth?

A: Bandwidth is another name for internet speed. It is normally measured in Mbps or megabits per second.

Q: What is the difference between satellite, DSL, cable and fiber optic internet services?

A: These are all types of internet services.

Satellite Internet – Most often used in rural locations where a dish is installed.

DSL Internet – Also known as Digital Subscriber Line, this utilizes two copper wires running with your phone service.

Cable Internet – This type of internet runs through traditional cable lines.

Fiber Optic Internet – This is the fastest of all the internet types. It uses a light pulsed down a fiber wire to transmit information.

Q: Does the type of wireless router I have affect my internet speed?

A: Yes, wireless router technology is constantly evolving. If you have an older router, it may not be able to accommodate faster internet speeds that are available.

Q: How fast an internet speed do I need to use video streaming services?

A: Internet speed varies for each device that you use to stream videos online. Most services require a speed of at least 0.5 Mbps.

Q: Why is my internet slow?

A: There are a variety of factors that could affect the speed of your internet. The location of your router in your home very much affects the speed of your internet connection. Make sure it is located in a place that can send a strong signal to the entire home.

Q: How fast is fiber optic internet?

A: Fiber optic internet transmits data at a faster speed than DSL. It usually has speeds of 25 Mbps or more.

Q: How does satellite internet work?

A: Satellite internet works by sending a signal that travels out of the modem to the dish installed at your residence. The dish transmits a signal to a satellite in orbit.

Q: Why is there only a small amount of internet service providers in my area?

A: The availability of internet connections vary by location and download speeds desired.