Living in a single-person household, you may find that your broadband requirements differ from those of a full household. Your usage, speed requirements and budget are all different. You might rely on your broadband connection for work, socialising, or for entertainment. Or maybe you rely on your work WiFi and rarely spend time online at home. However you spend your time, it pays to know you’re getting a broadband service that’s right for you.
How does being single shape your internet use?
First up, as a single person household, you don’t have to put up with people stealing bandwidth to watch Netflix. You also don’t have anyone to share the costs with.
Secondly, there’s the question of connection. What’s hooked up to the WiFi? You might have a Smartphone, tablet, laptop, a few gaming platforms, or maybe a Smart TV. With just one occupant, your WiFi could still have up to six devices connected at any one time.
Thirdly, what do you rely on your broadband for? If you work from home then you might send and receive emails frequently, some with large attachments. if you don’t have a broadband bundle with a home phone line then you might be relying on VoIP all the way.
And fourth, there’s entertainment. To wind down, you might binge on the latest streaming TV shows, or indulge in a bit of online gaming. When you have people over, you might stream music or movies. Or maybe you prefer to download your music directly.
So what does this mean for my broadband plan?
You need reliability
Reliability is a big deal for people living alone. You don’t want to be in the position of dealing with dodgy connections that drop out every five minutes, or slow right down during wet weather. So you will want to steer clear of any ADSL service that’s more than 2km from an exchange. If a signal has to travel more than 3km along copper wiring, it starts to slow right down, and can even time out.
You need speed
This is how fast the data moves from the exchange to your modem and vice versa. If you work from home, this matters a lot because you don’t have the luxury to wait around for files to load. This may also be the case in your personal life – who likes waiting for movies to start or games to download?