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Question DetailsAsked on 1/9/2018

Internet for gaming & Comcast in the Krebs area...who do you have? R u satisfied? What's your cost mo? Contract?

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Price depends a LOT on state and local competition, but in our area high-speed (1GB/sec) 100GB/mo download service runs about $100-120/mo - additional $50-70 for unlimited gigs per month.

If you are talking serious gaming for a lot of hours a month, a 100 or even 250GB/mo plan might or might not be enough for you. Games which are loaded (resident) on your computer and only send small bundles of data to other web players might only take 20-50MB/hour of play, whereas a totally cloud-based game where your computer is basically acting as a dumb terminal so all the graphics has to be transmitted to your computer continuously might take 1-4GB/hr of play, and up to 7-8GB/hr for 4k resolution gaming. Ditto for streaming movies - 1-2GB/hr commonly for regular quality like DVD quality, up to about 7GB/hr for hig-res.

Google for articles and gaming magazine articles about the web usage of your particular game - the user forum probably has a lot of advice on download speeds needed to avoid gapping or slowdowns in play, and on hourly usage consumption.

One other thought - because of the accelerating mergers and takeovers in the industry, and the FCC now eliminating net neutrality so snall providers might be slowed down by the big interstate cable owners, I would recommend going with one of the major nationwide firms - Verizon, Time Warner, etc.

Especially if your eMail is going to be through them too, because eMails only VERY rarely have portability between providers even when a company is taken over - those eMail addresses commonly get terminated after one to 6 months so you have to get a new eMail address (and notify everyone of it), plus in my experience (twice) porting of eMails and files saved on the Cloud to the new ISP is marginal at best - with some getting lost, or taking weeks for stored eMails to be accessible on the new provider. Last time it took my current provider 7 attempts and couple of weeks to get my ESP-stored files and eMails fully restored on the new system and accessible - and on the "cahngeover" day they blocked access to the old addresses with no transition period, so users were out in the cold as far as access till they got them all ported to the new provider system properly - could be fatal to a company using the cloud for file storage.

And sorry - except for the commercial IBM served accounts, I can't recommend any company I have used as being more than marginally competent or "safe".

Plus of course, the big brand names would (hopefully) have better eMail service - my current one (we hacve VEARY limited choices in my fairly remote area) has some fly-by-night-quality third-party eMail servicer handling their eMail processing, which is out of the dinosaur and green-screen days as far as searching for, sorting through, or accessing old cloud-stored data. I have talked to people who found out their ISP was using Chinese or Indian companies to process and store their eMails and Cloud storage, too - without any disclosure of that to the customers.

And hopefully a brandname outfit will have top-of-the-line internet security running, to screen and firewall what gets to you to reduce the risk of virus attacks.

Oh - one afterthought. If going with high-speed service, especially if over phone lines (DSL) rather than over cable TV lines or wireless or satellite, there may be some in-home modifications needed. At least likely a higher speed modem from the provider which may or may not be plug-and-play (some require some configuration changes on your computer or router), and with DSL beyond a certain speed they go back to the old asynchronous transmission method - incoming and outgoing on separate lines, or sometimes using a split service line router which uses two phone lines to speed up the data transmission rate, which can require some wiring changes in your house - and sometimes new incoming line also either to put in a line with more pairs or to go to fiber optic from copper wire. That higher-speed line has to go direct to the modem/router - not through house wiring which slows it down and introduces garbage in the line, so typically takes an hour to four to do the installation.

My provider gave me the upgrade for free because I was a very long-term customer plus they were figuring they would get it back in higher monthly charges, but I have heard of cases where it cost $200-500 for the upgrade to more than about 1/4 - 1GB/second or so. So you may have to weigh how much faster access is worth to you versus the cost.

When I priced around in our area (4 potential providers), all had 6 or 12 month contracts (2 years if bundling cell phone service and getting a free phone). For internet service only (usually including eMail as part of the package) the contracts were written a bit different than cell contracts - generally if you downgraded speed (upgrades were fine) or dropped the service within the contract period then you had to repay a specific installation fee for the cost of what they installed to upgrade you to higher speed - some were prorated, some not so be careful about that.

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