We carry the nation’s premium internet providers so that in one phone call, you can get the best home internet options for your lifestyle and family. With five of the top ten internet providers, we can help you find the right plan for your budget.

We carry the nation’s premium internet providers so that in one phone call, you can get the best home internet options for your lifestyle and family. With five of the top ten internet providers, we can help you find the right plan for your budget and needs.

Finding the right internet plan for your budget and lifestyle

The first step in identifying the right internet plan for your budget and lifestyle is to count how many users will be sharing the same internet plan. If one of those users is a heavy user (IE – gamer, digital marketer, online education), than make sure to keep that in mind as you estimate the bandwidth usage.


The second step is to consider how many devices in total will be connected to the internet, whether via wi-fi or ethernet connection. What devices do you need to consider as you make this list:

+ Smart appliances like an Amazon Echo or Nest thermostat
+ Smart TVs, streaming devices or DVRs that will require internet usage

+ Security Systems for example ADT, Vivint, Ring etc
+ Computers, laptops and tablets
+ Cell phones
+ Gaming consoles

After you have considered how many devices will be connected to the internet, than you want a clear idea of the usage for all these connected devices.

For example here is a good list of activities that will help you understand how much bandwidth you need for each activity and possibly for each simultaneous user:



User Activity

Recommended Bandwidth


Streaming 4K video @ 2160p



25 Mbps

Downloading large files (HD movies, Games, etc)

10 Mbps

Streaming music

1–10 Mbps

Streaming HD video (1080p)

5 Mbps

Streaming SD video (480p)

3 Mbps

Gaming

3-4 Mbps

Making video calls

0.5–1.5 Mbps

Checking email and social media

1 Mbps



A couple of special notes to keep in mind are:

1. If you have several users that will be gaming or streaming video at the same time you will need a higher bandwidth, even if you don’t many devices connected
2. If you are on a budget, remember you can always disconnect devices that are not essential when not in use. This will help you save on bandwidth and overall costs.


After you take the time to count total users, list devices and consider usage with this chart the you can easily identify the total bandwidth you need. At SmartConnect we always recommend plans and solutions that will help you with your budget and lifestyle.

Each one of our representatives is trained and focused on asking you questions, just like these. Our priority is to help you identify an internet plan that meets your needs and is affordable for your family budget.


Whether you are a casual internet browser, binge TV show streamer, hardcore gamer or you run a home office – we are confident we can help you find the right internet plan at the right price.

Our most affordable home internet plans start at $30 per month for rural areas and $40 for metro areas. In less than 10 minutes on a phone call with one of our representatives we can help you identify if you could be saving hundreds of dollars every year on your monthly plan. Our team is available from 9am to 9pm EST to answer your questions and help you find the right monthly plan for your budget and lifestyle.

Top Customer Satisfaction Ratings

We Carry 5 Of The Top 10 Providers

At Smart Connect we carry 5 out of the top 10 internet providers, so that we can help you find the best monthly plan for your zip code, lifestyle and budget.

*We carry all of the brands highlighted in orange

Key Survey Highlights

EarthLink earned the highest customer satisfaction scores overall and in six of our eight categories.
EarthLink doesn’t have “teaser” rates at the beginning of your contract, only to raise prices later. And EarthLink doesn’t have any data caps.
EarthLink’s ratings for installation and setup, billing, support, and customer service are significantly higher than the competition

1st Overall

(Rated 4.01/5)
4.1/5

2nd Overall

(Rated 3.96/5)
3.8/5

3rd Overall

(Rated 3.92/5)
3.9/5

4th Overall

(Rated 3.88/5)
3.8/5

6th Overall

(Rated 3.83/5)
3.83/5

9th Overall

(Rated 3.77/5)
3.77/5

10th Overall

(Rated 3.75/5)
3.75/5

Coverage

As the largest DSL provider in the U.S., EarthLink’s DSL internet is available to approximately 169.5 million people while their fiber internet is available to approximately 22 million people. EarthLink has introduced HyperLink, which is their high-speed fiber internet. Available in 21 states, HyperLink offers speeds of up to 1000 Mbps.

Affordability

EarthLink’s HyperLink plans have no data caps, which is great for power internet users. Customers can enjoy unlimited data and high speeds of up to 1000 Mbps. Compared to similar plans from other providers, EarthLink’s 1000 Mbps plan is on the lower end

Dependability

EarthLink is a solid choice for dependable high-speed internet. They might not be the first provider that comes to mind when you think of internet service, but we think this will start to change.