Shopping for internet plans gets confusing fast — especially if you aren’t familiar with the different technologies being used to deliver the connection to your home. Between fiber, fixed wireless, cable, DSL, satellite and cellular internet plans, there’s an awful lot to keep straight and if you don’t understand the differences, you risk getting stuck with a connection that isn’t as fast or reliable as you had wanted, or as affordable as you need. That’s no good when there are long-term contracts potentially at play.
This guide will walk you through the different types of internet connections that may be available in your area, how they work and what, if any, limitations you can expect from them.
Fiber-optic internet: Fast and reliable, but not yet for everyone
Fiber-optic internet is arguably the best connection type, so we’ll start there. Like the name suggests, fiber refers to an