5 Tips on Selecting the Fastest Internet Modem for Rural Areas

As wonderful as high speed internet is, the sad fact is that a large portion of the country isn’t afforded access to this kind of blessing. The reason for this is because it is simply harder to deliver broadband and cable internet to locations where the population is more spread out. Much of this has to do with the fact that it is more expensive to send wires so far on their access point. It is doable, but it is also quite expensive and there is no guarantee that the connection speed will be any faster than, say, dial-up. But this doesn’t mean that it is impossible to get a good high speed connection in sparsely populated locations. To be sure, much of it comes down to the speed of your modem. These tips should help to ensure that the modem you choose is up to the task.

1)    Consider DSL

There is much hoopla about how slow cable internet is in rural areas but DSL often gets lumped into the conversation. The truth, though, is that DSL is actually becoming much faster with each passing day even in the most unpopulated locales. After all, cable internet of course requires cable wires and DSL works on phone lines; something even Hill People are well acquainted with. What’s more, DSL is quickly becoming more affordable as cable grows in power everywhere except rural areas and there are more DSL internet modems than any other type of connection. Combine these qualities and you’ve got a fast connection speed that is getting faster with each passing day.

2)    Ask Your Neighbors

Now, this doesn’t mean that you should ask your neighbors for advice on buying modems. What this means is that you should ask your fellow citizens what service they use. This will let you know what type of internet is most used in your location, a fact that you can use to your advantage by choosing a different service. If all your neighbors are on the same dial-up service, you can choose one that isn’t so clogged with IP requests. If your townsfolk all subscribe to the same satellite, you can opt out of that service knowing already that it will be too cluttered for fast connection.

3)    Don’t Rule Out Dial-Up

Yes, we know that it is the 21st century and dial-up carries kind of a stigma these days. Still, there is the distinct possibility that your potential broadband or cable speed might be only a bit faster than dial-up. Take that idea, and then add the people in your area that might be using the same connection. Now, consider how many people aren’t using dial-up because of that same stigma we mentioned above. Yes, it won’t be fast but dial-up is the fastest its ever been and if it is faster than the broadband you might be dealing with, it still may be the fastest internet modem offered to you in your area.

4)    Use A Mobile Phone

Many people don’t realize that they have a modem in their pocket. Rural areas may still be sketchy on good high speed internet connections but phone companies have already mastered the art of constant connection. If you have a relatively advanced phone, you might just be a few steps away on having a handy modem right in the palm of your hands thanks to bluetooth tethering or wi-fi.

5)    Don’t Listen to Salesmen

Most importantly, don’t let a salesman tell you what internet modem to buy for your area. Yes, there is no doubt that some of them are being genuine and truthful but the best way to gauge a modem’s speed is to ask the actual owners and users of the product. They’ll give you the straight dope in a way that a Staples employee could only dream of. Many of these employees get a commission for selling certain products and the worst part is that, at the end of the day, they aren’t the ones who have to deal with the sluggish connection speed that you just spent a bundle on.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Twitter