Fiber vs. Cable: Is Fiber Really Faster?
You can’t cut cable, but you can cut the copper cord
Fiber internet is gaining popularity, and you may be wondering what all the buzz is about. Unlike traditional cable, which relies on copper wires, fiber uses light waves to transmit and receive signals. Translation: the speed of light waves far exceeds that of copper wire.
We’ve researched both options, and identified five impressive reasons fiber internet stands out. Keep reading to find out:
5 Advantages to Fiber Internet:
With speeds almost as fast as light, fiber internet is unmatched on this front. If you have a large team, use several devices simultaneously, or regularly download files, you’ve met your match. Fiber internet can download a two hour movie in under a minute! For reference, fiber is up to 20x faster than traditional cable internet!
Fiber internet offers enhanced security not just because it’s incredibly fast, but also more difficult to hack. Pro tip: hackers beware, fiber cables don’t use electric signals- making it impossible to tap.
Wonder who would win the battle of the broadbands? Fiber! Fiber is stronger than copper, and you can expect far less interruptions. Thanks to its super speed, you can enjoy all your favorite Netflix series with no frozen screen. Highly trafficked times don’t have squat on fiber!
If you rely on the internet, particularly for work or streaming, you know how important bandwidth is. If you’ve ever experienced slow internet due to several devices on the same connection, you know how frustrating the lag can be. Fiber boasts much higher bandwidth than cable, and is rarely impacted by high traffic.
Equal Upload and Download Times
Symmetrical bandwidth. A phrase you may be unfamiliar with, but not for long. Upload time refers to how long it takes for you to do just that, upload something to the internet. Perhaps it’s adding a new picture of your pup to Facebook, or uploading a post to your new blog. Download speed refers to how quickly your internet loads webpages. In an ideal world, the internet should offer the same upload and download speed. This ideal world is possible through EIN, if you choose fiber internet!
Posted by Michael Frentress
May 4, 2020
A question I hear all the time: how much internet speed do I need?
I like to think of Internet Speed like electricity, I don’t know how many watts or amps I have coming into my house, but I know if I have my TV, Air Conditioning and other electronics going, I still want my microwave to work. This is how I look at Internet Speed. I don’t care how many megabytes or gigabytes I have, I just want my devices to work when I use them.
Some companies will oversell by pushing 200 or 300 megabytes. Generally, that is way too much for a household. No one wants to wait for buffering or lagging on gaming or streaming. But, no one wants to pay for something they don’t use.
Fast internet is not exclusive to certain companies. For instance, EIN offers up to 1,000 megabytes (One Gigabyte). This is incredibly fast!
But back to the question.
How much speed to I need to succeed?
- Well, my household is just one very-connected person. So I use 12 megabytes. It’s perfect for me. I can connect my TV, tablet, laptop, mobile phone and security cameras. I stream all of my content without any issues.
- If you have a busier household with multiple people streaming, playing online games or using the internet at the same time then consider 50 megabytes or more. The 50 megabytes upload and download is fast enough for 98% of households out there.
- If you are in the 2% of households that need even more, consider 100 megabytes+. My advice is to start lower and increase speed if you find it’s not enough. That way, you aren’t overpaying.
The fine print.
EIN’s transparent pricing makes it easy to compare plans. The monthly price includes equipment, taxes, and services. You’ll never see an increase in your monthly cost. The 12-megabyte package is $55/mo. The 50-megabyte package is $60/mo. Not all packages are available everywhere, so click here to check your availability. And, install fees may apply.
Not happy with your speed? Contact our 5-star customer service and we’ll make it right. Internet service should be easy.
Photos: Jiarong Deng, Ready Made