Upgrading From 200 Mbps to 2 Gig? What Will It Feel Like?14 comments
Do I really feel the need for speed? That’s the big question on most people’s minds when they consider upgrading to a faster internet connection. Getting a boost from 2 gig internet can make a big difference in all the ways you use connectivity in your home, whether it’s working from home, managing your household or unwinding at the end of the day.
Not sure if you need gigabit internet? Let’s break down the gigabit internet speed comparison and get a sense of what the upgrade could mean for you.
What is gigabit internet speed?
Gigabit internet is the fastest internet available on the market. It can handle more bandwidth and provide smoother, more streamlined connections than your typical broadband package. In some cases, depending on your current network, gigabit internet could run 40 times faster than what you’ve got now.
To compare the numbers: A regular broadband connection typically gives speeds of about 10 to 115 Megabits per second (Mbps).
In the earlier days of home internet, about 25 Mbps was considered a speedy connection, but today that’s a bit of an outdated number. And now we rely more on connectivity. Between smart home devices, working and learning from home and constantly being on our phones, most households need far more speed and power.
Enter gigabit internet. Running on a fiber optic network, 2 gig internet means you’ll get speeds of 2 gigabits per second.
Check out the difference that upgrading to 2 gig internet can make in your home:
1. More supportive of multiple users
You’re not just looking for more speed—you’re looking for more bandwidth. Take a second to count the connected devices in your house. It might be a whole lot more than you think—the average number per family has more than doubled in the last two years alone. You might have 70 devices connected to your home network!
Do you have a few smartphone and laptop users in your place? A smart speaker like Alexa, or a video game console? What about smart home devices like a Ring doorbell, a Nest thermostat, a smart fridge or a smart sprinkler system? Wearing an Apple Watch or a Fitbit on your wrist? Using a Bluetooth mouse, keyboard and speakers?
Now think about everything you do on those devices throughout your day. You might be on a work Zoom call while also scrolling through your phone, while one roommate spends hours on multi-player video games and another streams movies. Or maybe your kids do their homework on tablets while Alexa plays music in the background and your Fitbit tracks your Peloton workout.
To support all of these uses, you need increased bandwidth. Fiber—especially with gigabit speeds—provides it. As long as you’ve got speeds of 940 Mbps or more, your household can easily hop on to multiple devices at once without concern about slowdowns.
2. Improves working from home
Made the shift to remote work? Then you’ll likely benefit from a shift to gigabit internet. Most people think of download speeds when they think of faster internet, but the real key to working from home without headaches is faster upload speeds—what you need when you’re sending data out to other users rather than using it up yourself.
Faster upload speeds will give you greater ability to quickly share giant files and have smoother Zoom calls. Plus, you’ll be better able to quickly get uploads into the cloud, which could be important if your job requires constantly sharing, updating or accessing documents that are stored there.
3. Provides reliability
Gigabit internet runs on the fiber optic network, meaning it uses durable glass cables. Along with being able to carry stronger connections than copper, they’re more reliable and can be less vulnerable to extreme conditions like poor weather.
A switch to a gigabit fiber network will give you the peace of mind you need when it comes to your home’s connections.
4. Enhances your entertainment
Faster internet isn’t all about work. Who wants annoying buffering while you’re streaming your favorite Netflix shows? And the real noticeable difference is when it comes to gaming. If you’re playing multi-player games, gigabit internet will make that play more seamless and enjoyable.
All in all, if you’re only hopping on the internet once in a while to check an email or Google a recipe, you’re probably okay with a broadband connection. But if your network has to support the variety of connected devices common in homes today, it’s worth it to make sure you have gig internet now, before your home gets even more connected and your current network comes up short.
Frontier 2 Gig keeps you ready for the future
Count ’em up. You might have as many as 70 connected devices today, but where are you going in six months or a year? Let gigabit take you there. If you think your household needs the boost now, check out if gigabit internet on the speedy fiber network is available in your home already. Ready for Frontier Fiber? Check here to see when it’s available at your address.
I have the 12mbps at my home can I upgrade to anything else? My address is 223 Baxter street Hawkins Tx 75765
Hi Jeremy, at this time I can’t provide you with an ETA, but I did check and we do have plans to build FTTH in Hawkins. We do suggest removing this comment to protect your privacy after you see this. ^Michael
Frontier installed the Fiber Optic cable in my neighborhood a few weeks ago. The technician informed me it would probably be ready to go in a few weeks. Called Frontier about the new service but they didn’t know anything about it. Can you help? I’m ready to sign up. My address is 18 Lower Coach Rd, Hurricane WV 25526 Thanks
Hi Carl, for your privacy we suggest removing your address from this post. We are doing build out in Hurricane however it’s still underway. We don’t want to speculate on availability but we can say it will be soon and once that fiber is ready to light up we’ll make sure everyone knows! ^Michael
Am I eligible for this?
Hi Thelma! We would be happy to check for you! If you can just give me a zip code, I’ll be glad to check. If you would like us to check your specific address I’d ask you to message us on Facebook privately at https://fybr.to/3sz4PFc. You can also chat with us online at https://fybr.to/3IxykMY. ^Michael
I keep seeing billboards all over CT for your fiber optic internet, “do what cable can’t”, yet at my address, the fastest available is 90 mbps. When will you bring fiber optic to Broad Brook?
Hi Earl, thanks for your interest! We’re working to expand fiber to us much of our footprint as possible but we’re not able to be too specific on locations in advance. We’ve expanded to 4 million at the end of 2021 and are aiming for 10 million by 2025, so hopefully you’ll see us in your neighborhood soon! ^Michael
Thinking of upgrading from 1 to 2 gig. what are the requirements? i am a 10 mo. old subscriber.
Hi Maynard, you’re in luck because the only major requirement is being somewhere that our fiber network reaches! This is because fiber is truly future-proof and the current technology we’re utilizing has up to 5 Gigabit per second symmetrical speeds available and will still be capable of faster in the future. In your home, you might want to consider a few things, however. To really take advantage of multi-Gigabit speeds I would recommend a wired connection for your highest bandwidth devices. It will always be superior to wireless. With Tri-band Wi-Fi 6E, you can exceed Gigabit speeds, but performance will drop off very rapidly as distance and any interference increases. Another thing to consider is that at Multi-Gigabit speeds you might need to upgrade your wired connections, too. A vast majority of devices are equipped with 1 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, but to take advantage of these 2 Gig speeds to a single device you would need a machine with a 2.5Gbase-T Ethernet adapter, or faster. For 5 Gig you would need a 5GBase-T or 10GBase-T Ethernet adapter. These speeds also require newer Ethernet cabling types (Cat6, Cat6a, or Cat7). It’s not entirely necessary to do these upgrades, either. At 2 Gig speeds, it’s more about sharing your connection with many bandwidth hungry devices. So even if all your devices are connecting individually at 1 Gig or a bit less wirelessly, having that 2 Gigs of bandwidth available when the combined bandwidth demand peaks, that’s where Multi-Gig Internet access can really shine. ^Michael
Hi is there an upgrade available in my area? I stay in Long Beach Ca 90806
Hi Marc, we do have Fiber available in Long Beach. You can check this site here to check your specific address and if it’s not available you can nominate your location for expansion. https://fybr.to/3GduA4k ^Michael
Any sorta info timeframe wise for zip 25508 in wv lines are hanging they are up about 8-9 miles down Logan several people are like super excited in Cville are but we have also heard rummirdd as of a delay till next year that would be dissapointing if true any update appreciated or date if possible but know how they don’t like those date commitments
Hi Paul, you can check for updates, sign up for notification, and nominate your area for our Fiber expansion at this site: https://fybr.to/3NWSMwi Be sure to share with your neighbors. ^Michael