Best internet solutions for home-use

best internet for home use

 

The internet has improved our lives for good. It's changed the way we learn, read, do business, and talk to each other. It’s hard to imagine life without it.

To match the pace of our booming society, we need access to good internet.

But what are the best internet solutions today, and how do they differ?

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How many types of internet are there?

You can count all the WiFi options on one hand. Neat, huh? Ranked from latest and fastest to oldest and slowest, they are:

  • fibre
  • cable
  • DSL
  • dial-up
  • satellite

LTE, on the other hand, is not considered Wi-Fi. It’s technically considered “mobile broadband technology” as it's used for mobile phones and computer tablets. Notice the small LTE icon on your screen when you switch from WiFi to data? That shows you they're different.

The latest LTE technologies are 4G and 5G — and they're wicked fast.

What's the difference between Wi-Fi and LTE?

Good question. The main difference between WiFi and LTE lies in their connection radius.

With Wi-Fi, a “middle-man” device is needed to transmit the wireless signal, like a router. Connected devices must remain within 90 metres of the wireless signal to stay connected. This is why you lose connection when you leave your house.

Unlike Wi-Fi, LTE requires no fixed connection. Meaning that with 4G and 5G LTE, devices can be miles away from the service provider's base station. All you need is a smartphone and solid coverage in your area to connect. Which is why you can use your data wherever you are, as long as you have good reception.

Did you know you can also use LTE for home-use? All you need is an LTE-enabled SIM to hotspot from!

 

Can I get Wi-Fi without an Internet provider?

It’s pretty easy. Simply hotspot or "tether” your LTE-enabled SIM from your smartphone or tablet. This will transform your device into a mobile hotspot, which you can connect to other devices like laptops or smart TVs.

 

Who has the fastest internet?

 In South Africa, these 6 ISPs offer the fastest home internet deals:

  1. Cool Ideas
  2. Afrihost
  3. Webafrica
  4. Vox Telecom
  5. Axxess
  6. MWEB

 

You'll notice that most of the fastest internet solutions are connected through fibre, since it's the quickest connection type available. Offering speeds of up to 1000Mbps, it's as fast as the speed of light! (Go figure)

 

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Is LTE as fast as fibre?

Of course, LTE is not as fast as fibre, but it's still pretty quick. And it's the most movable and adaptable connection. You can use your LTE-SIM for a range of plug-and-play activities. Want to see what LTE deals people like best?

 

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What is the best wireless home internet service provider in South Africa? <H2>

Ranked by overall customer satisfaction, these are South Africa's top-rated ISPs today, offering mainly fibre, LTE or ADSL connections:

  • Supersonic
  • CipherWave
  • Cool Ideas
  • Cybersmart
  • RSAWEB
  • Vox Telecom
  • MTN
  • Rain
  • Cell C
  • Afrihost
  • Herotel
  • Vodacom

 

How do I know if I have ADSL or VDSL?

Great question. DSL stands for “Digital Subscriber Line”, and is wired through your home using existing telephone wires.

Both ADSL and VDSL are simply altered versions of DSL.  The “A” in ADSL stands for “asymmetric” since it offers higher upload speeds than download speeds (while DSL offers identical rates.) The “V” in VDSL stands for “very-high-bit-rate" since it's newer and faster.

The main difference between ADSL and VDSL, is that VDSL makes use of telephone wires until a certain point, and then switches to fibre-optic cables nearer to the user's location. VDSL offers faster speeds and lag-free streaming, but it's not as widely available as ADSL.

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Which Wi-Fi is best in my area?

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