Anyone who calls themselves a gentleman knows about tech. A good place to start is with the internet and knowing all about broadband. How can you be the man you need to be for your partner or kids if you don’t? Fear not, though, because we’ve got your back with a real gentleman’s guide to broadband.
If you’re going to be tech savvy and be a gentleman, you need to understand the different types of broadband deals.
ADSL is one of the most common types of broadband, uses a copper line and is suitable for up to two people using the internet at the same time. This is different to fibre-optic broadband, which transports the broadband via a fibre-optic cable and is one of the fastest options. Fibre broadband is excellent if you have more than two people using the internet in your home at the same time.
Then there’s cable. It’s superfast and transmits the broadband via a coaxial cable.
A real gentleman will have a fast broadband download speed, but at the very least will have the average speed of around 11 Mbps. The faster the download speed, the quicker your internet connection will download data.
If you’re a heavy internet user and stream a lot of content or have several people in the house who also use the internet, you’ll need a higher download speed. 1.5 Mbps is a good standard speed for streaming, but if you’re using Netflix, you’ll require a minimum speed of 3 Mbps.
Note that your connection type, the weather, your internet browser, router quality, cable quality, the number of connections to your broadband and virus can all affect your broadband speed. If you notice your internet slowing down, check these things.
A gentleman should always understand their contract. Most broadband contracts will be around 12 months before you can switch providers or review your contract. Some will be 18 months and some will even be two years.
Note that providers offer a ‘cooling off’ period when you sign up with them. Often this lasts at least 14 days from the start of your contract, although different providers have different terms and conditions, so check with your service provider. During this period, you can cancel your broadband freely. If you cancel it afterwards but before the end of the agreement, your service provider may charge you for terminating the contract early.
There are four main providers: Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and plusnet. You should check to see whether they’re available in your area when signing up for a package. Each one offers different bundles — a combination of broadband plus TV and/or calls — to tempt you to sign up with them.
Virgin Media broadband is unavailable in some areas because it doesn’t operate on the Openreach network, whereas the others do. By doing so, the others give you more flexibility, especially if you want to switch service providers. Switching to Virgin or from them will mean an engineer has to set up a new line for you, which could cost you.
Take note of the above and you can consider yourself a real gentleman when it comes to knowing about the internet. You can choose the right deals and, at the same time, be the man you need to be for the people around you.