Broadband Speed in St Albans
Broadband Speed in St Albans
Fastest broadband in St Albans
We've compiled all the information you could ever need to know about broadband in St Albans using the postcode AL1 5BJ. This postcode is representative of one of the fastest areas for broadband in St Albans.
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Now you know more about broadband in St Albans 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 St Albans.
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 St Albans 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.
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Now you know the speeds you're getting and the speeds you need, you can check out our best broadband deals in St Albans.
Broadband deals are location-dependent and not every fast deal you find online will be available where you live. Broadband in St Albans 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.
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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 St Albans, we've compiled some helpful information to help you understand your St Albans based broadband better.
A popular form of broadband that uses your pre-existing phone line. Nothing more than a phone line is needed to install an ADSL connection. This form of connection is practical and commonplace in the UK but rural houses may experience restrictions. ADSL broadband is the least expensive option which will likely be reflected in connection speed.
Fibre (FTTC or FTTP)
Fibre optic connections are developed to be extremely fast and stable. This is often the preferred choice for busy homes with lots of connected devices that need fibre speeds. Like ADSL, fibre optic connections are available across the UK but rural households might experience issues. The two kinds of fibre broadband plans are called fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP).
Just as it sounds - unlimited broadband connections have no cap on the amount of data you can use.
An unlimited broadband deal guarantees that you can never use too much data but will cost more as a result.
While fibre broadband is offered by numerous ISPs to deliver superfast and ultrafast broadband speeds, cable broadband is something specific to certain providers such as Virgin Media broadband who operate on their own network.
Often selected as an alternative to ADSL or cable for rural homes. Unsurprisingly, you'll need a physical satellite dish set up in order to have a satellite broadband connection. The price of satellite internet tends to be more than fixed line broadband.
Advertised vs Real World Speeds
The way in which broadband speeds are marketed changed considerably in May 2018. Thanks to the Advertising Standards Authority, broadband providers must now market their 'average' speed instead of their 'up to' speed.
In simpler terms, your speed is now more likely to match or perhaps surpass the marketed broadband speed than it was a few years ago. In order to be referred to as 'average', more than 50% of users must receive these speeds between peak usage hours (8 pm to 10 pm).
Broadband providers can also still market their top speeds in addition to their average speeds. However, bear in mind that these speeds are unlikely to match the speed you would receive if you sign up for that particular plan or provider. Top speeds are just available to a select few.
There is no assurance that you will get the advertised average speed so it is well worth checking 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 read through contracts with care. This will give you the best indication of what your broadband speed is likely to be and will provide details on your minimum expectations.
The world of broadband can be confusing sometimes so we've created a handy glossary of commonly used terms that you may encounter when browsing for a broadband package.
The fourth generation of mobile tech offering improved mobile connections speeds on its predecessor 3G. 4G mobile broadband deals are offered in most major towns and cities with pay monthly or pay as you go options.
The most up-to-date version 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 launched in the UK in 2019.
The capacity of a broadband connection. Things that utilise a great deal of bandwidth are using a lot of your broadband data transfer capacity. This, in turn, can slow down other activities that require the use of your broadband connection.
Byte, KB, MB, GB
A byte is a unit of data. KB represents 'kilobyte' which is equivalent to 1000 bytes. MB stands for 'megabyte' which is equivalent to 1000 KB. GB stands for 'gigabyte' which is equal to 1000 MB.
A high-speed internet connection. What constitutes 'high-speed' varies from country to country.
A limit imposed by a broadband provider. Used to either describe a data limit or when discussing throttling. Surpassing your cap can lead to added fees.
An internet connection that utilises a modem. Primarily 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 greatly promoted 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 home broadband routers. Ethernet cables are often yellow and are thought to be more dependable than a Wi-Fi connection. They have fast connection speeds and are normally the connection of choice for online gamers.
Fair use policy. A data cap put in place by the broadband provider. Not all plans will have one and those that do need to make their limitations clear thanks to Advertising Standards Authority regulations.
Fibre Optic Broadband
A data transferal approach using pulses of light transmitted throughout plastic/glass cables. Ultrafast fibre broadband is progressively becoming the dominant form of connection in the UK as outdated copper wiring is replaced. Fibre optic broadband speeds differ depending on kind of connection with fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) being slower than fibre to the premises (FTTP).
A method of distributing files such as images, music, videos, and software. Can be carried out peer-to-peer (P2P) or via a network. Often associated with piracy but not fundamentally illegitimate.
Fixed Line Broadband
Internet provided 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. Home broadband connections generally have a dynamic IP address that can change, whereas companies frequently use static IP addresses assigned 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 operates 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 use network cables or Wi-Fi.
A telephone line that comes into your property. Typically needed to get broadband however alternatives such as mobile broadband and satellite internet are occasionally available.
The reaction speed of a network connection. Simply put, the time taken to send data and get a reply. Slow latency results in 'lag' which is an issue in online gaming. This problem most often happens 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 achieved through mobile network signals instead of fixed lines.
Modulator-demodulator. A device that assists communication from computer to computer. Data is transformed into transmissible forms and converted 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 frame of internet usage. This generally falls between the hours of 5 pm and 11 pm, specifically 8 pm to 10 pm. Definitions of peak time can differ slightly.
Also frequently referred to as a 'hub'. A device typically responsible for enabling successful internet connections within a household. Routers direct the traffic on a given network.
Accessing and viewing visual or audio media without saving any files on your device. Streaming provides quick 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 standard. As a result, this does not consist of ADSL connections or any mobile tech before 4G. Fibre optic, cable broadband, satellite internet, and mobile tech after 4G is likely to be regarded as superfast.
The term used when broadband providers deliberately slow down an internet connection. This is most likely to happen during peak times for clients who have exceeded their usage cap.
The term used for a busy network where a lot 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 uses encryption to protect your activity from hackers. VPNs also have the extra advantage of covering your online identity and hiding your IP address. VPNs are highly recommended when using insecure networks such as public access networks.
The term used for connecting devices using radio waves. Public Wi-Fi hotspots are generally available in places like hotels, restaurants, and airports.