Broadband Speed in County Durham
Broadband Speed in County Durham
Fastest broadband in County Durham
We've compiled all the information you could ever need to know about broadband in County Durham using the postcode DH8 5YQ. This postcode is representative of one of the fastest areas for broadband in County Durham.
Check my broadband speed in County Durham
Now you know more about broadband in County Durham you can check if your connection is up to scratch by running a speed test.
Use our fast and accurate speed test to check what speeds you're getting in County Durham.
It's possible the speed test will display results which differ from the advertised speed of your broadband package.
Many factors come into play when looking at speed test readings including: peak time usage, provider issues, router issues, computer viruses and property location.
Broadband providers are obliged to advertise their average speeds which at least 50% of their customers receive. Unfortunately, if you're receiving speeds below the advertised, it's likely that your property is only capable of receiving below average speeds.
What is a good speed for broadband?
Faster broadband speed can play a huge role in our day to day life. It's important to have an understanding of what the speeds you see advertised by broadband providers for County Durham convert to in the real world.
Generally, the more people using the internet, the slower your connection will become. However, this isn't a hard and fast rule and does depend on how many devices are connected to the internet at any one time. Let's compare broadband speeds:
This speed will suffice for smaller households with few devices simultaneously connected. Occasional buffering may occur during streaming.
This is the ideal speed for a standard household. It can cope with multiple people streaming or downloading at any given time. This bracket is likely to offer affordable prices and a suitably fast connection.
This final speed bracket is worth considering for households looking for lag-free connections for several devices. 50-100Mbps is a brilliant broadband option for streaming 4K and shouldn't encounter any connection issues when gaming online.
Broadband above 100Mbps will provide fast speeds for any household and cope easily with streaming and gaming. Speeds above 300Mbps are classified as Ultrafast connections. Ultrafast broadband is not necessary for the majority of UK households however, the incredibly fast speeds can prove tempting for those who rely heavily on their broadband speeds. Gigabit (1000Mbps) connections are also now becoming increasingly common across the UK with speeds above 1Gbps. These types of speeds eclipse older broadband technology.
But how fast is 100Mbps broadband?
Here's what these speeds would look like to download a two-hour movie in HD.
Best broadband deals in County Durham
Now you know the speeds you're getting and the speeds you need, you can check out our best broadband deals in County Durham.
Broadband deals are location-dependent and not every fast deal you find online will be available where you live. Broadband in County Durham is no exception so it's key to use a broadband search tool that is able to find broadband providers and deals at an address-level accuracy.
Our comparison tool has found the best deals for broadband in County Durham.
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Everything else you might need to know
Now you've got all the information you could ever need to know about broadband in County Durham, we've compiled some helpful information to help you understand your County Durham based broadband better.
A popular variety of broadband that utilises your pre-existing phone line. Nothing more than a phone line is required to install an ADSL connection. This form of connection is practical and common throughout the UK however rural houses may encounter limitations. ADSL broadband is the least expensive option but this will likely be reflected in connection speed.
Fibre (FTTC or FTTP)
Fibre optic connections are developed to be exceptionally fast and stable. This is commonly the preferred choice for busy homes with many connected devices that need fibre speeds. Like ADSL, fibre optic connections are accessible throughout the country however rural homes might experience issues. The two types of fibre broadband plans are called fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP).
Exactly as it sounds - unlimited broadband connections have no cap on how much data you can use.
An unlimited broadband deal ensures that you can never use too much data but will cost more as a consequence.
While fibre broadband is offered by numerous ISPs to supply superfast and ultrafast broadband speeds, cable broadband is something specific to key providers such as Virgin Media broadband who operate on their own network.
Regularly chosen as an alternative to ADSL or cable for rural homes. Unsurprisingly, you'll need to have a physical satellite dish in place in order to have a satellite broadband connection. The expense of satellite internet tends to be higher than fixed line broadband.
Advertised vs Actual Speeds
The way in which broadband speeds are advertised changed significantly in May 2018. Thanks to the Advertising Standards Authority, broadband providers must now market their 'average' speed rather than their 'up to' speed.
In simpler terms, your speed is now more likely to match or maybe exceed the marketed broadband speed than it was a few years ago. In order to be described as 'average', more than 50% of users have to receive these speeds between peak usage hours (8 pm to 10 pm).
Broadband providers can also still market their top speeds along with their average speeds. However, remember that these speeds are unlikely to match the speed you would get if you sign up for that particular package or provider. Top speeds are just available to a select few.
There is no guarantee that you will get the marketed average speed so it is well worth checking out what the minimum speed provisions are.
If, for whatever reason, your speeds do not stack up to this minimum speed, you may be eligible for refund or a free cancellation. Ensure to review contracts with care. This will provide you the best indication of what your broadband speed is most likely to be and will provide information on your minimum expectations.
The world of broadband can be confusing at times so we've created an useful glossary of commonly used terms that you might come across when browsing for a broadband deal.
The fourth generation of mobile tech offering improved mobile connections speeds on its predecessor 3G. 4G mobile broadband deals are available in the majority of major towns and cities with pay month-to-month or pay as you go options.
The most advanced variation of mobile tech currently available. Again, faster than its previous version (4G) and with pay monthly or pay as you go options. 5G mobile broadband deals were first introduced in the UK in 2019.
The capacity of a broadband connection. Things that use a lot of bandwidth are using a lot of your broadband data transfer capacity. This, in turn, can slow down other activities that need the use of your broadband connection.
Byte, KB, MB, GB
A byte is a unit of data. KB represents 'kilobyte' which is equal to 1000 bytes. MB stands for 'megabyte' which is equal to 1000 KB. GB means 'gigabyte' which is equivalent to 1000 MB.
A high-speed internet connection. What constitutes 'high-speed' differs from country to country.
A limit enforced by a broadband provider. Used to either refer to a data limit or when discussing throttling. Exceeding your cap can lead to additional charges.
An internet connection that utilises a modem. Mostly only used outside the UK as broadband has made this technology dated. Connection speeds are significantly slower with dial-up internet.
The speed at which your internet connection is able to receive data. This figure is heavily advertised by internet service providers on their broadband deals. This speed will be shown in one of three ways - kilobits per second (Kbps), megabits per second (Mbps), or gigabits per second (Gbps).
A wired connection supported by household broadband routers. Ethernet cables are typically yellow and are thought to be more dependable than a Wi-Fi connection. They have fast connection speeds and are often the connection of choice for online gamers.
Fair use policy. A data cap put in place by the broadband provider. Not all packages will have one and those that do need to make their limits clear thanks to Advertising Standards Authority regulations.
Fibre Optic Broadband
A data transferal approach using pulses of light transmitted across plastic/glass cables. Ultrafast fibre broadband is gradually becoming the dominant form of connection in the UK as outdated copper wiring is changed out. Fibre optic broadband speeds vary depending on kind of connection with fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) being slower than fibre to the premises (FTTP).
A means of distributing files such as images, music, videos, and software. Can be carried out peer-to-peer (P2P) or through a network. In some cases connected with piracy but not fundamentally illegitimate.
Fixed Line Broadband
Internet delivered through a physical link like fibre optic cables or ADSL. Often used to distinguish between fixed line broadband and wireless mobile broadband or satellite internet.
Internet protocol address. A sequence of digits that helps identify the location of a connected internet device. Household broadband connections generally have a dynamic IP address that can change, whereas companies frequently use static IP addresses designated to them.
Your internet service provider (ISP) is the organisation that provides you with your internet connection. This is not always the same company that runs existing infrastructure. Here are eight of the biggest ISPs in the UK: BT, Sky, Virgin Media, Now, Plusnet, Vodafone, John Lewis Broadband and TalkTalk.
Local area network. A network that covers a small location like a house or building. LANs tend to utilise network cables or Wi-Fi.
A telephone line that comes into your home. Typically needed to get broadband but alternatives such as mobile broadband and satellite internet are sometimes available.
The reaction speed of a network connection. Simply put, the time required to send out data and get a reply. Slow latency results in 'lag' which is an issue in online gaming. This issue most often occurs when utilising a satellite connection.
Amalgamation of the words 'malicious software'. A term for applications which cause harm to a device consisted of viruses, adware, trojans, and spyware.
Internet access acquired through mobile network signals instead of fixed lines.
Modulator-demodulator. A device that assists communication from computer to computer. Data is converted into transmissible forms and transformed back at the receiving end.
Several computers connected to one another in order to facilitate data sharing.
In terms of broadband, peak time describes the busiest time period of internet use. This typically falls between the hours of 5 pm and 11 pm, specifically 8 pm to 10 pm. Definitions of peak time can differ slightly.
Also commonly described as a 'hub'. A device frequently responsible for allowing successful internet connections within a property. Routers direct the traffic on a given network.
Accessing and viewing visual or audio media without saving any files on your device. Streaming provides fast and responsive access without the need to download. However, this needs a minimum connection speed to access the media.
A 'superfast' broadband connection must be over 24Mb+ according to EU definition. As a result, this does not include ADSL connections or any mobile tech prior to 4G. Fibre optic, cable broadband, satellite internet, and mobile tech after 4G is most likely to be regarded as superfast.
The term used when broadband providers intentionally slow down an internet connection. This is likely to occur throughout peak times for clients who have surpassed their usage cap.
The term used for a busy network where lots of data is being transferred. When networks are at their busiest (peak time), traffic management may be used to prioritise bandwidth use.
Very fast broadband identified by Ofcom as a connection speed of 300Mb or higher.
The speed at which your computer sends data using your broadband connection. Upload speeds are substantially lower than download speeds.
Virtual private network. A service that utilises encryption to protect your activity from hackers. VPNs also have the added advantage of covering your online identity and hiding your IP address. VPNs are recommended when using insecure networks such as public access networks.
The term used for connecting devices using radio waves. Public Wi-Fi hotspots are typically available in places like hotels, restaurants, and airports.