Ever since dial-up internet became a thing of the past, people can’t seem to get enough speed! Think about it – would you go for a company that advertises a speed of 250mbps, or choose 500mbps? The answer is obvious. You’d want 500mbps! However, what you may not know is that the speeds advertised could be referring to only one of two types of speed – upload or download. So, before you sign up for a contract that might not suit your needs, do yourself a favor and take the time to learn what exactly are upload and download speeds. Let’s take a look:
Upload speed is the rate at which data is transferred from your computer to the internet. This is the speed you have when you are attaching a document to an email or posting a picture on Facebook.
Download speed is the rate at which data is transferred from the internet to your computer. This is the speed you have when you are waiting for a web page to load, or the time it takes to download or stream a movie, TV show, song, etc.
Whenever you think about internet speed, you more than likely think about how fast your own internet is, either at the office or at home. Most people know their internet should be better.
Before talking with your Internet Service Provider (ISP), it’s wise to perform a couple of internet speed tests yourself to see exactly what speed you are getting and if that speed aligns with your ISP’s contract with you. While many ISP websites will have a link to test or “ping” your connection, you can also find reliable tests elsewhere on the internet. Test your upload and download speeds first with a wired connection to your router, then do the same with a wireless connection to your router. These tests will give you the information you need when you decide to talk to your ISP about your speeds.
Once you have the results of your tests, you’re ready to negotiate with your ISP over actual speeds being delivered versus the contracted amounts. Don’t be bullied into a contract that isn’t delivering what is promised! Stand your ground and demand you get the speeds you are paying for!
Upload and download speeds will vary because of location, technology available, and current ISP contracts. Now that you know the difference between the two, and have tested them, you’re ready to negotiate a better contract with your ISP. Many companies offer a higher download speed to conceal the fact that their upload speed is very slow. If your old ISP is using outdated network infrastructure, it’s time to make a change. If suitable contract terms cannot be met with your old ISP, you’re within your rights to explore other options with internet providers that can meet your needs.
One company that strives to be the best in the business is Aura Fiber. With access to the latest fiber network we provide customers with the fastest internet connection on the market. We offer internet packages that boast simultaneous symmetrical upload and download speeds (like Aura Fiber’s 1000mbps plan). Fiber-optic cables can handle multiple data channels at the same time without the bottleneck users have come to expect with old copper DSL cables. That means you can upload and download at the same time. Our symmetrical plans offer the same ultra-fast upload and download speeds, all up to 1000Mbps. No tricks or gimmicks!