Frequently Asked Questions

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We know there are a lot of options in the world of internet, TV, and bundles. Don’t worry, we’re here to make your decision easier. Check out some questions we hear from a lot of consumers.

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General

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Internet

Satellite

This internet uses three satellite dishes to transmit signals: one dish connected to your modem, one in space, and one at an internet service provider’s hub. Satellite is good for light internet users looking to stream music and movies.

DSL

Short for Digital Subscriber Line, this type of internet uses the copper phone lines that typically already run through most homes to transmit digital data. DSL is good for users who want to stream, game, and browse the web.

Cable

Cable internet uses copper coaxial cables, the same way you get cable TV, to deliver electrical signals to a modem. Cable is good for users who want to stream music and movies, browse the web, and game.

Fixed Wireless

Fixed Wireless is a type of wireless internet commonly available in rural areas. Unlike cableDSL, or fiber, fixed wireless internet does not require access to a wired network. Instead, it transmits data over radio waves, so all you need is an antenna to connect to it. This connection type is ideal when a hardwired option is not available in your area.

Fiber

Fiber internet transfers data as light signals through the use of fiber-optic cables made from thin glass or plastic wires. Fiber provides the fastest internet speeds and can support heavy streaming, gaming, and large file downloads.

5G

Fifth-generation internet technology, or 5G, is the next evolution in wireless networks set to replace its 4G, 3G, and LTE predecessors with far better performance. These 5G networks are powered by new technology referred to as millimeter wave (mmWave) that runs on three different bands: low-band, mid-band, and high-band. Each band has the capacity to carry different speeds, 100 Mbps, 1,000 Mbps, and 10 Gbps respectively.

Dial-Up

Dial-up is a service that connects to the internet through a standard telephone line using a modem, phone jack, and number given to you by an internet service provider. Dial-up is good for light internet usage like browsing the web and checking emails.

The main factor you will need to assess depends on your household’s internet usage and streaming habits. Check out our blog post that breaks down what internet speed is best for your lifestyle.

To put it simply, Wi-Fi is a wireless internet connection and the internet is a massive network infrastructure that globally connects computers. Wi-Fi is a way you can access the internet.

If your household has multiple devices used for heavy HD streaming and online gaming, you should consider fiber internet. Fiber has a faster and stronger connection than cable and DSL.

To find internet and TV providers in your area, enter your zip code here. Our localized search tool will show you all available internet service providers near you.

If you notice an error on our website, please let us know by contacting support@highspeedoptions.com. However, if the coverage percentage we show for your zip code is low, that could mean the internet service provider is available in your zip code but not your exact location.

HighSpeedOptions isn’t a service provider. Rather, we are a tool that helps consumers find and compare providers in their area based on user needs. To cancel your service, please contact your current service provider.

Speed depends on you and your household’s internet usage and streaming habits. Check out our blog post that breaks down what internet speed is best for your lifestyle.

Internet is a massive network that connected millions of computers around the world. Through this network, people are able to transmit data and communicate with one another over long distances. Read our Internet vs. WiFi blog to learn even more.

There are many factors that affect internet speed and performance. The most common issues tend to be your equipment location, ISP throttling, or too many devices connected at once. See if one of these reasons for slow internet is the culprit for your internet trouble.

While this varies depending slightly from user to user, gaming sessions usually require a minimum of 4 Mbps. However, that’s only true if no other devices are connected to your network at the time of playing. If you have multiple devices connected at once and frequently stream content, we recommend having no less than 50 Mbps download speeds for gaming.

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TV

Not only is it a convenient option, but bundling internet and TV is a great way to save money. If you need both internet and TV (as most people do) a bundle will be cheaper than purchasing both separately from different providers.

Both cable and satellite TV give you access to local channels and national HD channels. The main differences are in price, installation, and equipment needed. Check out the full comparison on our tv comparison page.

Cable TV plans and pricing vary greatly by location and provider. Two of the most popular cable providers are DISH and DIRECTV. Their plans start at $64.99/mo. and increase as you add more channels. Explore cable TV service near you.

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Bundles

Depending on where you live, you can save anywhere from $5 to $50 a month on bundled services. To find the best deals near you, explore bundle deals using HighSpeedOptions.

Cox, Mediacom, and Wave Broadband offer some of the cheapest bundle deals in the U.S. Availability will vary depending on your location. Enter your zip code to compare providers near you.

A bundle deal is a plan that includes two or more communications services like internet, TV, or phone. To find the best deals near you, explore bundle deals using HighSpeedOptions.