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What internet speed is right for me?

Here’s a fun math problem: What internet speed does a house with one remote worker, two smart phones, a tablet, and a Ring Video Doorbell need?  

To determine what speed is right for your household, it is important to consider three key factors:

1) How many devices are connected to the internet?

2) How many people are using the internet at any given time?

3) How are they using the internet?  

For a quality connection, consumers should purchase internet speeds which can sustain simultaneous use for all the people and connected devices in the household.  Connected devices include computers, phones, smart home devices, security systems, and anything else on the internet of things (IoT).  On average, American households have more than ten connected devices, and that number is expected to increase as the IoT expands1.

Consumers should also be aware that Wi-Fi speeds can be up to 50% slower than a hardwired ethernet connection.  Therefore, when considering internet options, consumers should purchase a package which will still meet their speed and bandwidth requirements over Wi-Fi.

The bandwidth needed to seamlessly interact online can add up quickly.  Check out the speed requirements for common online activities2:

 

      • Online Gaming – up to 40 Mbps
      • FaceTime – up to 40 Mbps
      • HD Streaming – up to 100 Mbps
      • Multiplayer Online Gaming – up to 100 Mbps 
      • Quickly Downloading or Uploading Large Files  – up to 500 Mbps

Not sure how fast your internet is?  Check your speed!

Despite these minimum speed requirements, the government standard for broadband internet has not changed since 2015.  The FCC currently defines broadband as connections with 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speeds. 

However, with the accelerating pace of internet requirements and capabilities, this definition has quickly become outdated.  Even in Congress’ newly proposed Infrastructure Bill, the minimum speeds of 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up cannot meet the demands for many households in the modern world.

That is why Hunter offers three internet packages built to support the requirements of modern life.  Each is available at a price for life with no contracts, no router fees, and no data caps. 

Still not sure what speed is right for you?  Use the guide below to help decide which internet package fits your needs!

1 Gbps / 1 Gbps ($99.99 per month)

Gig speeds are great for tech savvy households and for those working or e-learning from home.  A symmetrical gigabit connection is important for those who are often videoconferencing or uploading videos and other large files.

It is also our most popular package for houses with gamers and for those who want to seamlessly experience new technologies such as virtual and augmented reality.

While many might think 1 Gig / 1 Gig is overkill, research predicts that the average internet speed in 2030 will be 1.5 Gbps down and 600 Mbps up3.  By buying 1 Gig symmetrical service now, customers will be purchasing future-proof speeds which will not require upgrades in the near future.

It is important to note that customers with Gig speeds will require the proper equipment to utilize its fullest potential.  Many older devices aren’t capable of 1 Gig speeds so be sure to check your device capabilities.

1 Gbps / 1 Gbps Download and Upload Speeds: 

      • Download Video Game (50 GB): 6 minutes 40 seconds
      • Download Ultra HD Movie (14 GB): 1 minute 52 seconds
      • Upload 10 minute video to YouTube (1.5 GB): 12 seconds

1 Gbps / 200 Mbps ($69.99 per month)

Our mid-level package is great for households with multiple connected devices and simultaneous activity.  With Gig download speeds, the streaming and downloading experience is seamless even if there are many other devices connected. 

This tier is perfect for those who do not have high upload speed demands but who have multiple users and devices connected throughout their home.

For many, gigabit download speeds might exceed their present needs, but it prepares consumers for the growth of their smart homes and more connected devices.  The need for faster internet speeds continues to expand with technological advancement.  In fact, according to Nielsen’s Law of Internet Bandwidth, connection speeds increase by 50% per year4With such a rapid growth rate, customers who subscribe to our Gig speeds can stay ahead of the impending need for upgrades.

1 Gbps / 200 Mbps Download and Upload Speeds: 

      • Download Video Game (50 GB): 6 minutes 40 seconds
      • Download Ultra HD Movie (14 GB): 1 minute 52 seconds
      • Upload 10 minute video to YouTube (1.5 GB): 1 minute

500 Mbps / 100 Mbps ($59.99 per month)

Our base package maintains a seamless and reliable internet experience for smaller households with less demand for ultra-fast download and upload speeds.  Customers can browse the web, stream movies, and download music without long waits or interruptions.  

Though it has half the download capability of our other packages, the speeds are still significantly faster than most cable, DSL, and satellite connections.

500 Mbps / 100 Mbps Download and Upload Speeds:  

      • Download Video Game (50 GB): 13 minute 20 seconds
      • Download Ultra HD Movie (14 GB): 3 minutes 44 seconds
      • Upload 10 minute video to YouTube (1.5 GB): 2 minutes