We may not be hunters and gatherers anymore, but we still need to set up our homes near a running stream of fresh water. OK not really – we can get water anywhere. What we really need is a running stream of fresh data.

In today's digital world, many of our hobbies, jobs and day-to-day activities can only survive on working internet. Here are a few key points to help you choose your next home internet plan and keep your data from drying up.

household data usage

Whether your roommate is a cat, or you have a family full of teenagers, you’ll need a plan that provides an appropriate amount of data for your household needs.

If you only require internet for the essentials, like scrolling through Facebook and streaming M*A*S*H, then a smaller plan will work. But if you’re planning to download the Lord of the Rings trilogy, streaming HD movies and playing online games, then you’ll need a higher bank of data.

Unlimited data plans are your best bet if you know your household will be chewing up data like roast on Sunday. It also means you’ll never go over your limit and have to pay to make up for it.

download speeds

Having a butt-load of data in your plan doesn’t mean it can all be used at once. If one person’s streaming a movie and the other’s uploading their ultra-high-quality photos from their trip to New Zealand, both of their internet speeds are affected.

High download speeds are vital for large households and for internet users who stream HD movies and game online.

  • HD video streaming It takes long enough to decide what movie to watch, so you don’t want to add to that with buffering time. A higher download speed will mean less waiting and more watching, especially if you’re streaming 4K.
  • Online gaming – For people who take gaming seriously, you’ll need a fast internet plan that keeps your ping low and your game points high. After all, that split-second lag is the difference between life and death.

budget

Finding the right home internet plan also means finding one that fits into your budget. The monthly prices on internet plans are the most evident points to compare, but you should also be aware of other factors that affect the costs.

  • Contracts – You don’t want to find yourself stuck in a long-term contract, especially if you’re seeing cheaper plans around. No lock-in contracts are the safest way to ensure you’re always on a plan you can afford, with the freedom to change whenever.
  • Modems – Some internet providers require a specific modem, so you may have to purchase a new one. Other providers may include a free modem, but you might still pay for its delivery. Either way, you should keep an eye out for these costs, especially if the modem you currently have is top-shelf.

When choosing a plan with the right price, you may want to consider the difference between a cheap plan and the next plan up. It may work out to only be a few extra dollars per week and it’ll keep the worries of slow buffering speed and exceeding your data limit away.

nbn availability

Boasting higher internet speeds, the Australian Broadband Network is worth getting into. With the stability of a fixed-line connection, you’ll have reliable internet that ensures you consistently get the download speeds you pay for.

These are the speeds on offer:

  • Basic – ideal for a small household of web browsers
  • Standard – a decent connection for a regular sized household of movie streamers and gamers.
  • Premium – the ultimate speed for big households, serious online gamers and ultra HD video streamers

Some areas, however, may not have full access to the higher-speed options. Find out what’s available for your home by checking your address here.

We can help you find a home internet plan that’s perfect for you, no matter what your internet needs are. Check out our amazingly simple nbn™ plans to see what deals are currently available.

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