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At what point when do you have too fast of an internet connection.

Regarding the title, let me explain:

So this spring (hopefully) my town is getting fiber internet lines in the ground in my town. They will have speeds of 4 packages (at least that I’m aware of) 100mbps ($40/mo), 250 ($60/mo), 500($90/mo) and gigabit ($140/mo) (Also I don’t know if these are the final prices). At what point does it become too much of an internet connection, that it would be better to save your money rather than not using the bandwidth. Now I know that you say that it depends on what I’m doing. I’m a massive gamer and tech with several computers, and watch a lot of video’s a day and there is  3 of us in the house. I’m the one using the most bandwidth obviously. I’m hoping to one day get cloud backups going (but not now). But do massive downloads a day with programs, VM’s, videos... etc... So I’m hoping to do the 250mbps plan, but would it be better to opt for the 500? I’m not doing gigabit because my main pc would only be able to benefit from the gig because of router limitations. So what should I do? Start with the 250 and if I need more upgrade later to the 500? Or start with the 500? Or will 250 be enough for what I use on a daily basis? The main reason I’m asking is because for my whole life I have never had an internet connection that’s faster than like 125mbps. (Except school but let’s be honest that doesn’t really count)

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Honestly, I would start with 250. You need to see, if you get the advertised speeds first, before paying an arm and a leg for internet. Odds are, if you are a going to see a significant amount more of speed, then you don't even need to upgrade too much. I have a similar issue here in Mississippi. They are just now introducing fiber internet lines here.

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Do they give you the option to step the plan up later? If so, I'd get the 250 plan. If you find that all three of you watching videos makes you wish you had more bandwidth, step the plan up to the 500

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3 minutes ago, Voluspa said:

Do they give you the option to step the plan up later? If so, I'd get the 250 plan. If you find that all three of you watching videos makes you wish you had more bandwidth, step the plan up to the 500

I would assume so, because my current internet is with them it’s just over the air internet instead of fiber and I would assume they would just let you do the same with the fiber lines as they do allow it currently on their over the air.

 

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IMO the 250 plan is fine. Better can be nice, but it doesn't sound like you really need that much speed. If it turns out that you do need more you can always upgrade later. 

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HD video (720p or 1080p) streams require a bandwidth of at least 5 Mbps, while the best internet speed for 4K streaming is a minimum of 25 Mbps

from a quick google search. so lets say you have 3 pcs streaming hd video and 5 other people in your house are each streaming another hd video. You're up to 8 hd video streams for a total of 200 mbps needed for THE BEST situation. Add in 50 mbps for other things requiring internet, smart appliances, phone use, app updates, etc. 250 can handle it, and that's not a normal usage.

To conclude: 50 is tiny, 100 is bare minimum for a small household. 200 which is starter for my area with Spectrum is a really good spot to be in for most situations and households. anything above that is gravy for most. Now if you do a lot of streaming/uploading you might benefit from a higher tier to get more than 10 up, but 200 is fine for the majority. I have myself, wifey, and 5 kids. Each kid has a fire tablet and we have 4 smart tvs, 2 pcs and a nice tablet for wifey. Wifey and I each have a phone as well. Can I run off 200, yes. Do I get a discount based on my job that let me get the 600 super cheap and took it cuz why not, absolutely.

With your tiers 100, 250, 500, and gig, I'd say 200 is fine, if the 500 is within your price range, it's gonna be nice, but not necessary. I don't see you needing more than that unless there's something you didn't tell us

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20 minutes ago, Voluspa said:

Do they give you the option to step the plan up later? If so, I'd get the 250 plan. If you find that all three of you watching videos makes you wish you had more bandwidth, step the plan up to the 500

wait are there companies that won't let you upgrade?? that would be a very stupid business move to not let people spend more money

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Just now, Jtalk4456 said:

wait are there companies that won't let you upgrade?? that would be a very stupid business move to not let people spend more money

It would be stupid, I'm not sure if there are or there aren't. You never know what some companies try to fit into contracts, cancel this contract to set up to 500 etc. I also generally don't trust people or companies. When I stepped my internet up I got it in email that there would be no extra set up costs even though I'm not in a "yearly" contract.

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It really varies user to user. Start with the plan you think will best suit you. If you find you never use that much bandwidth you can step down one to save money. If you need more go up a step.

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Alright, you all have spoken. When it comes out I'll start with the 250, if I need more I'll upgrade more. Thanks Y'all!

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