Complete Guide to Getting Internet for Your Apartment

Safeguarding your data is as important as finding a safe neighborhood to live in. The closer you are to neighbors, the higher the chance of having your data compromised.  Your apartment should be the ultimate safe space for you and your data. 

We’ve compiled a guide to help you get safe, secure internet at your apartment as well as what you should consider when selecting internet service. 

Apartments with Central Wi-Fi 

Apartment buildings that offer tenants an accessible internet connection through property-wide WiFi typically factor in service with the monthly rent. The network is more than likely open, meaning anyone can access it.  Apartment buildings rarely offer unique WiFi passwords for each unit. While convenient, using an open network could put your personal data at risk.  

When considering  tips for apartment hunting, include the question of central internet service with the landlord.  If the service is available, find out who the service provider is and the internet speed. 

Types of Internet  

There are a host of available internet types to choose from for your apartment. We’ve included some of the more popular options below: 

  • Fiber optic

This is the fastest type of internet service. Fiber optic internet signals run through fiberglass cabling, which ensures uninterrupted and lightning-speed internet access. However, it tends to be more expensive than other internet types, and it can be hard to shop for since few companies offer it. If you can find and afford it, it’s well worth the investment.

  • Cable

Copper wiring is used for cable internet. Cable also provides good speed (albeit not as fast as fiber optic) and is a solid connection. Since most people use the internet for downloading data or checking email, you probably wouldn’t notice much difference in the speed.  However, if  you routinely upload data like YouTube videos or documents to web-based share sites like Google Drive, you might have to exercise a little more patience.

Another drawback of cable internet is that the speed tends to drop during peak hours of internet usage. But it is still an effective option if you have rented an apartment that is pre-wired for this type of internet connection. 

  • DSL Internet

DSL internet is an old friend of internet users. It may not be the fastest internet, but it is almost available everywhere. It is also quite affordable now that other internet types have become more popular. 

  • Satellite

Satellite internet is another type of internet that is operated from space. It is expensive and slower than other types. You should only consider it if you live in a remote area where other internet options are not available. 

Getting Internet Access 

If your apartment comes with the internet, it’s a good idea to use it. In doing so, you won’t have to worry about looking for a separate internet provider and paying a separate plan for service. 

However, that may not always be the best option, especially if the service is slow and unreliable.  Research which internet service providers in your area that offer the data speeds that work best with your needs. Look for available options, bundle packages and pricing. It’s also a plus if you can customize your plan based on your data needs.

The Bottom Line

With more people working from home, having reliable and fast internet service has become a necessity. With a little research and comparison shopping, you can score the internet speed you need for an affordable price.