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How Do I Choose the Best Unlimited Internet Plan?
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November 2019

Broadband unlimited plans save you from a lot of hassles and inconvenience that are commonplace with a limited broadband plans. You no longer need to worry about remaining data for the month. Also, you don’t have to keep a check on your usage at all times, or feel guilty when you abort an activity due to no or insufficient data.

Imagine you are in the middle of an important Skype/video call with your boss or a client, the call gets disconnected abruptly, and you get a message saying you have exceeded your quota for broadband data for the day or the month. Obviously, you will feel bad about losing your face with them. Or, let’s suppose you are playing a game online with your gamer friends and go out of data while still in the action. Wouldn’t it be heartbreaking for you?

With an unlimited Hathway broadband data plans, you can avoid such unpleasant experiences from taking place. Plus, you also don’t feel guilty about watching a movie in high-definition or downloading high-res music videos.

Hathway Broadband offers various unlimited broadband data plans at different data speeds to its customers in key metros and cities across India. You can browse through broadband plans available in your area on the Hathway website and decide on one that fits the bill.

That said, there’s an even better way to do it. You Take it upon yourself to decide the right broadband speed for you! Who does possibly know you better than you yourself ? Well, nobody, so without ado, let’s get to it.

To decide on the right unlimited broadband data plans, first, think of all reasons you and others in your home or flat, would like to connect to the internet via your Hathway Broadband Connection. Once you do that, you can figure out the amount of data that you require on average every month.

Now let’s get to calculate the speed you need for a seamless broadband experience. And for that, you must be aware of what broadband connections you have. Broadly, there are three types: light users, average users, and heavy users. The following information can help you figure out which one you belong to and hence, the right speeds for you.

Light Broadband Users

You are a light broadband user if use your broadband internet for basic tasks. You use it mostly for checking/sending emails, scrolling your social media feeds, putting out updates, stream/upload/download movies and photos once in a while.

You don’t have problems switching to low-res data settings or waiting for a couple hours for files to download. Also, there are only few members in your family/flat who, more or less, have the same usage pattern.

Average Broadband Users

You know you are an average user if you do a little bit of everything, video streaming, live gaming, downloading, coding, etc. You demand a little more from your broadband connection in terms of internet speed and data. Aside from basic tasks, as described above, you do a lot of high-definition downloading, streaming and uploading of data and you want to do it faster, much faster than 4G speeds on your Smartphone.

Heavy Broadband Users

You are a heavy broadband user if you are a ‘pro’ in the truest sense. You live and breathe off the internet, you just can’t live without a high-speed broadband internet connection. You don’t even know what slow internet speeds feel like, nor do you have any curiosity about those.

As a heavy-user, the things you do on the internet require unlimited broadband data at ultra-fast data speeds. You do a lot of HD live gaming, you stream and download video content in 4K/Full HD resolution, you love binging video content on popular on-demand video apps, such as Netflix, Prime, YouTube, Hulu, and Zee5, or you spend hours doing live coding and work-related tasks that require high speed broadband connections everyday.

We believe you now have a rough idea of the kind of broadband user you are and also, of the right unlimited broadband connection for you. If this isn’t enough to clear your doubts, you can always contact your local Hathway office and seek help from our experts. Happy surfing!

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How do I decide on the right broadband speed?
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November 2019

To get the best out of your Hathway Broadband connection, the first thing you need to do is to decide on a broadband plans. A plan that’s right for you and that doesn’t burn holes in your pockets while giving you enough high speed broadband to have an awesome broadband experience.

That said; while we all realize all that, most of us fail to get another very crucial thing right. The right broadband data plans let’s help you with that.

To zero in on the right broadband speed for your Hathway Broadband, you will need to keep a few factors in mind: what’s your purpose to use a broadband connection, how much data you require in a month on average, and how many users would connect to the internet via broadband internet at a time, and what their peak activity hours are. Once you have a rough idea of the number of average users, key activities and peak hours, you can evaluate your broadband needs easily.

Honestly, you can go ahead with any Hathway unlimited broadband plans if you are planning to use your connection for basic tasks, such as emailing, surfing the web, and occasional streaming, downloading and uploading videos. Or even if multiple users will connect to the internet for such basic tasks, simultaneously.

However, you need a high-speed unlimited broadband connection when you plan to do heavy-duty tasks, such as streaming, downloading and uploading 4K and HD video content, HD live gaming, and live coding for hours on end. This holds true even when there are multiple users connecting to the internet at the same time and do more than basic internet tasks. Simply put, the greater the number of users, the more broadband speed you need for a pleasant Hathway broadband experience.

Most users don’t know how much data and minimum data speed a particular online activity requires on a monthly basis. So, you need to keep that in your mind as well, while deciding the right speed for you. You can easily find that information of broadband internet provider the web and calculate your broadband data speed need accordingly.

How did you like this information? Please share your feedback below. Also, do ask us things you would like to know more about. Happy surfing!

How do I choose the best Wi-Fi router for myself?
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November 2019

For most of us, choosing a broadband wifi plan router is a no-brainer, we usually go with the one that falls within our budget. For many, all internet wifi router regardless of their shape, size and technology offer the same value and buy the ones that our pocket allows. And this strategy has served well them fairly well so far.

However, in the last few years, new trends like online HD gaming, 4K streaming, increased connected home devices at homes, increased Smartphone capabilities, and an increased number of Smartphone’s per home have made our good old broadband router out of the league.

They can't go beyond capabilities they had been designed for and have already been pushed to their limits. So, this new wave of heavy users, pro’s as they are known, is bound to have underwhelming broadband experiences due to the limited capabilities of their existing routers. They should clearly be looking for a better upgrade.

If you are facing similar issues with your broadband router, before you decide on an upgrade, here are a few things to consider:

What speed do you really need?

Today far too many devices are connecting to the internet wirelessly at the same time in a home, shop, or workplace, requiring the broadband wifi router to carry loads of data to and from smartphones and computers. This is a bit overwhelming for your fairly old router that still runs on years old technology.

The result: you experience annoyingly long buffering and stuttering while doing regular stuff, such as streaming HD videos, live gaming, and web surfing. Mostly, you tend to blame the slow broadband speeds when you go through similar experiences and miss the real culprit. The outdated broadband wifi router.

If you are experiencing the same problem with your current router, you need to upgrade it. And to do that, first you need to decide on the right broadband speed for you. Only then you can pick the one you need:

Go for an802.11nrouter

802.11n routers came long after the 802.11g/a router, which were way slower and could support up to 56mbps data speed. Typically, 802.11n routers can support up to 600mbps speeds and are good for most use cases, barring the data-intensive applications, such as, 4K streaming, live gaming and live coding, video calling and multiple users.

If you use your internet for regular tasks, emailing, surfing, HD streaming and you only have a few users connecting to it simultaneously, an 802.11n rated router is what you need.

Go for an 802.11ac router

The recent advancements in broadband technology have enabled humans to achieve Gigabit speeds. This had left a huge gap when it comes to our broadband wifi capabilities that couldn't support these ultra-fast speeds. But, that’s no longer the case, a new breed of routers that can support very high-speeds up to a few Gbps are now available for masses: An 802.11ac or Gigabit router, as they are popularly known.

These are the ones you should go for if you have a high-speed broadband internet and do a lot of 4K streaming, live gaming, live coding and such data-intensive tasks, and also when there are multiple devices connecting to the internet wirelessly at the same time. Or, if you are, at least, planning to do the above in the near future, when high-speed broadband are available in your region.

That said, keep in mind when you have a broadband connection that offers up to a few hundred Mbps speeds and you don't plan to upgrade it anytime soon, you don’t need an ultra-fast Gigabit router, an 802.11n will do the job. Not only it is underwhelming for a Gigabit router, it will also save you money as well.

What's the extendibility or range you are looking at?

The second most important aspect you should be looking is extendibility. If you want to cover a large expanse of area with Wi-Fi connectivity and want to ensure seamless broadband experience at every corner of your home, you will need more than one Wi-Fi device.

Typically, a Wi-Fi router can cover a few square feet, meaning a few rooms, as you go away from it the signal strength starts depleting or become inconsistent. Most likely, you have already experienced Wi-Fi dead zones inside your home or workplace where it's hard to connect via broadband wifi. You did everything, tried different locations, but to no help.

In such cases, you need multiple routers which can offer you seamless Wi-Fi connectivity in and about your home, covering all areas where you like to connect to the internet. This requires special broadband router with Mesh Technology that allows them to connect with other mesh routers and share a broadband connection simultaneously. These are popularly known as Mesh Routers or Routers with Mesh Technology.

If you have a large area to cover and need high-speed broadband internet connection at every corner of your house or office, Mesh Routers are for you. Moreover, these often come with Gigabit speed support and capabilities so you don’t have to suffer on that front. Plus, you get greater mobility.

What's style and size you prefer?

One equally important, however, largely ignored aspect of buying a new Wi-Fi router is the design aesthetics and size of router. Since your Wifi router is part of the décor of your interiors, you may like to consider its appearance alongside the technical capabilities.

There are various theme-based designs available in the market at present that go with different user personalities – you’ll find plenty of options if you are heavily invested in gaming. Also, if you have got a palate for finer things in life, you may like to go with the expensive cool-looking ones out there.

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What broadband speed is right for streaming movies?
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November 2019

Any broadband internet speed really! All Hathway Broadband plans are good enough for streaming video content. You can choose any broadband plans and start streaming and downloading videos immediately with no difficulty whatsoever.

If you don’t usually download and stream HD or higher resolutions video content on Videos-On-Demand platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO, Zee5, and Hotstar, you will be able to do that seamlessly with a broadband plan that offers just enough speed.

Thanks to the advancement in digital technologies, these platforms can deliver high-quality content without exhausting too much data. For instance, if you have a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription, you know you can choose from multiple playback settings to manage your data. The higher the content quality you set it to, the more data you burn every hour ranging from somewhere around 0.3GB per hour to 7GB or more per hour.

So, for small-screen devices, such as smartphones and laptops, you can manage with data saving and standard modes as these don’t need to burn a large amount of data every hour. But when you want to stream Netflix on a bigger screen, such as that of your smart TV that supports FHD or higher resolutions, you need to switch to a high-definition mode or other higher modes or the pictures will appear pixilated.

Therefore, if you ask us what broadband connection you need to stream movies and videos online seamlessly, our answer is: It depends on what devices you wish to stream on, what video quality you prefer, how much data your broadband plan allows you, and how many users will connect to the internet via broadband and for what purposes.

Let’s make it simpler for you. The following are the different use cases/scenarios. Bear in mind that these classify usage of a single user and doesn’t take into consideration multiple users that connect to the internet through your broadband internet simultaneously or other purposes you use your broadband for.

1. You stream a few movies every week

If you like to stream videos for up to 25 hours every week, and that too, on your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone, choose a hathway broadband plans that suits this requirement. You can stream videos, movies, showing standard and HD quality without any difficulty.

2. You like to binge on weekends/week-offs

If you like to binge videos for hours on end during weekends and week-offs, you need a broadband plan that gives you ample data and speed for steaming in standard or HD quality.

3. You like to binge every day

If you are a serious movie and TV-series buff and like to be on top of the latest and hottest content on popular VOD platforms, 1mbps Internet plans aren’t enough for a seamless broadband experience. Go for a Hathway unlimited broadband data plan that offers high-speed data every month.

4. You like to binge on bigger high-definition screens

If you love big screens and like to stream your favorite movies and shows on VOD platforms/digital cable TV on those, you need your broadband connection that delivers superior broadband data speeds. That said, since you do not use your broadband for only streaming videos and like to do much more on the internet, be advised to keep in mind the other major purposes you use your broadband for and also, how much bandwidth those requiredbroadband plans. Did you find the information helpful? Let us know in the comments.

Which is better, a Wi-Fi connection or a broadband?
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November 2019

In this day and age when you feel the need to stay connected to the internet at all times, one question keeps coming to mind: what’s the best way to do it? A wifi-connection or a broadband?

We assume you have already asked this question to yourself so many times before. Probably, every time when you needed a new broadband connection or felt the need to upgrade the existing one. And it’s clear that you haven’t figured it out yet. Isn’t it why you are here in the first place?

So, without ado, let’s address the elephant in the room and get a definite answer. For this, you need to know what the difference between the two is. Is it just in the way you connect through a wire or without it, or is there more to it? Is it the technology? The equipment? The medium? Or is there more?

But first, what’s a Wi-Fi?

Going by the books, internet wifi technology uses radio signals and frequencies to transfer data and hence, doesn’t require wires. It typically makes use of cellular radio frequencies or 802.11 Wireless Ethernet technologies. Do you still confuse a Wi-Fi connection with a Wi-Fi router? Well, let us assure you both are different.

As the name suggests, a broadband wifi connection doesn’t require a physical connection between a sender and a receiver. An access point (AP) transmits signals, which nearby computers and mobile devices with in-built mobile network adapters could tune in to, to access the web.

What’s a broadband connection?

Your broadband connection lets your device connect to a high-speed internet connection with or without wires. Yes, you heard it right, a broadband connection doesn’t necessarily need wires!

There are various types of wired broadband available, namely, DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), Cable Modem, Fiber Optic, and EFM (Ethernet First Mile). Each type has its own advantages and limitations. Typically, you have a dedicated LAN, cable, optical fiber, or a dial-up connection via telephone wire that connects to your devices physically, offering high-speed internet.

So now that you know a few things about both, let’s tell you which one is better.

Wi-Fi vs Broadband

Seemingly, Wi-Fi technology offers much more convenience than broadband internet the way it allows you to connect to the internet via multiple devices simultaneously, even on the move.

Convenient, although it is, you can only connect to the web within a small area, a room or small office, typically, a few square meters. Moreover, even with the improved data speed of a Wi-Fi connection over the years, it’s still far behind the data speeds a high-speed broadband connection can offer you.

On the contrary, broadband connections directly connect to your stationary devices offering faster internet speeds with greater consistency. However, you would still need a internet wifi router to get broadband connectivity on your mobile devices. All you gotta do is couple your broadband connection with a good quality Wi-Fi router.

One more downside of a Wi-Fi connection is that it is susceptible to interference while a broadband is largely impervious, until the physical connection is damaged. Also, you can connect to the internet through a broadband cable anytime, while with a Wi-Fi, you usually have a modem, router, hotspot that need powering on for the connection to work.

It’s likely that you share your Wi-Fi connection with other users, who may connect to the internet, simultaneously, affecting its performance and speed. Typically, telecommunication service providers offer Wi-Fi access to the internet through portable modems, Wi-Fi/USB dongles as you know it. These either connect directly to the computer through a USB connection or work like a Wi-Fi hotspot, which lets you access the web wirelessly through a device. As for broadband, you don’t require a router/modem at all.

So, in a nutshell, here are a few advantages, a Wi-Fi connection has over a broadband:

1. You can connect to multiple devices at a time, provided you are within its range.

2. You can connect anywhere within the range of the hotspot/dongle, depending upon your service provider.

3. It’s often cheaper than a broadband connection.

Now, here’s why a broadband connection is a better choice for you:

1. It offers you far superior speeds than a Wi-Fi connection ever will, you usually get a large amount of data every month that allows you to download large files faster.

2. With an unlimited plan, there is practically no limit to what you can do online. With a speedy connection, you can do any heavy-duty task, such as, 4K streaming, live gaming and live coding without any stuttering whatsoever.

3. Broadband connections are far more secure and consistent than Wi-Fi connections.

4. Plus, you can always connect it to a Wi-Fi router to enjoy high-speed wireless internet connectivity on your mobile and computer devices at the same time.

5. Given the superior speed and considerably large amount of data you get on a broadband connection every month, it’s rather affordable. The only downside is that you can only connect a limited number of devices physically as specified in your broadband plan.

6. Hathway Offers you a Wi-Fi router bundled with your broadband connection so you have no problem connecting to your smart devices wirelessly, without having to endure comparably much slower Wi-Fi connections.

The Winner

Clearly, both types of broadband connection have their own advantages and disadvantages. However, given the vast amount of data, higher speeds and superior security you enjoy with a broadband connection, you are more likely to go for it. You can get Wi-Fi connectivity with the free Wi-Fi router, anyway. So why do you have to compromise on things that matter: speed, security and data, a lot of data, actually?

Tell us what you prefer still, a rather slow and less secure Wi-Fi connection or a faster, more secure broadband connection. Leave your comments below.

Discover the Right Router for a Smooth Gaming Experience
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December 2019

Are you a gamer and want to boost your gaming experience? Did you know that if you choose the best routers for streaming and gaming purposes, you can have a much better gaming adventure? There are a few differences between regular routers and gaming routers in terms of their Quality of Service (QoS) features.

All types of the broadband routers have QoS features, but in the best gaming router, the QoS feature prioritizes the incoming traffic for your game over your other internet activities. This prioritization boosts gaming performance, reduces lag time and buffering.

Apart from a well-designed Qos feature, here are some other features you should consider when choosing the best router for gaming:

  • Gigabit Ethernet Port: Choose an Ethernet connection over wifi-connection to avoid delays in your gaming performance. Always look for a gaming router with Ethernet Ports that can handle speed up to 25 MB/s.
  • Dual-Band Support: Use a wireless AC router with a bandwidth of 5GHz, which is more reliable and faster when compared to the routers with 2.4 GHz bandwidth. There is a drawback, as the wireless AC router does have a shorter range, but if you keep your gaming system close to your router, you can overcome this problem with ease.
  • High-Bandwidth Range: Most router for gaming and streaming purposes also support tri-band wireless networking. Choose for a tri-band gaming router that adds a second 5GHz band for faster torrent downloads, better video streaming, and more vivid gaming experience.

How to configure your gaming router?

Once you have bought the best router for gaming, the next step is to configure its settings so that the gaming traffic gets priority. All you need to do is prioritize the usage of incoming data based on online activities, for instance, video streaming and gaming or IP/MAC address. When your device connects to the internet, the router receives the MAC or IP address and accordingly diverts the incoming data to your device.

The best router for streaming and gaming also allows you to combine the prioritization methods. For instance, you can prioritize the network based on IP address and service to avoid lag time in gaming traffic.

Is a Gaming Router Worth the Money?

If you are a keen fan of gaming, then you might be considering choosing a specialized router. However, while features such as QoS tools and network prioritization, Gigabit Ethernet Ports, higher bandwidth and a powerful processor are found in gaming routers, they are not exclusive to them. Other best home broadband routers also provide gaming routers. High-end broadband routers including wifi router for Hathway broadband have similar features as any of the best gaming router. Therefore, you should make a wise comparison between a gaming router and other high-end routers before purchasing a gaming router.

How does fiber optical technology impact your broadband speed?
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December 2019

When life is moving at full speed why should your internet lag behind? A high speed broadband connection is all you need to scroll through your social media feeds, for a non-stop streaming of your favourite Netflix shows, gaming, and for many other day-to-day online activities. With fiber-optic broadband, you can get a fast internet connection and do whatever you like online, but much faster.

Here’s why you should opt for fiber optic internet connection to get a high-speed internet connection

  • Faster transmission of information:

    Information and data in fiber cables are transmitted at the speed of light. The cables can transfer more data quicker than the traditional copper lines, which were earlier used for transmitting voice data.

  • No difference in the uploading and downloading speed:

    Fibernet broadband connection gives you a faster and more balanced download and upload speed. You can easily stream HD videos and play games with the fiber broadband connectivity. Whether at home or work, the fiber optic internet connection will ensure that there is no lag time, and you can check off every task on your digital ‘to do’ list. You can easily multi-task by downloading and uploading data at the same time.

  • Stability of connection:

    Regardless of where you are located and how far you are from a major city point, the Fiber optic broadband offers a stable connection over long distances. The Fiber optic broadband is more stable than alternatives in the market and is unaffected by water or changes in temperature. So your high speed broadband connection will be ready when you are.

  • No delay in the connection:

    With fiber optic internet, everything happens at lightning speed. There are hardly any delays in the transfer of data after you have clicked the mouse or tapped the screen. The balanced download and upload speed further reduce the lag time in your internet connection so that you can download as fast as you upload.

  • Better access to cloud technology:

    Another major benefit of a fiber optic network is fast and easy access to large data stored in the cloud. Whether you want to share movies, pictures or even office data, with fibernet broadband connection you can access your data from the cloud anytime and without any trouble.

  • No relation to the cable size:

    The best part about fiber-optic cables is that the speed of the internet does not depend upon the weight of the cables. In case of copper cables, you will have to install more cables to get a higher speed. However, this is not true for optic fibers. These cables are light and internet speed is not related to the size.

Although, the cost of installing fibernet broadband might be high initially, especially when compared to older copper cables, in the long run, the benefits of fiber broadband will make every penny worth it.

What is the meaning of Upload Speed/Download Speed in an internet connection?
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December 2019

Have you ever wondered why you’re able to download things faster than uploading on a web server, for instance, a video on Facebook? This difference in timing happens because your internet download speed is higher than the upload speed. High-speed internet does not always assure a balance between download and upload speed, and if you are wondering what the reason behind it is, here’s why:

What are download and upload speeds?

Broadband download speed means how much data is required per second to download data from a web server in the form of texts, images, videos, etc. to your device. Whereas, upload speed means how many megabits of data per second is needed to send data from your PC to the server or another device.

A regular high-speed broadband connection usually has a faster download speed than upload because most of the activities based on the internet require more substantial download speed than upload speed. However, if you want higher upload speed as well, you can further increase by choosing fibernet broadband connections with a proportional download and upload.

Which is more important?

Depending on your online activities, you may choose any one of the best broadband plans that offer either high download speed or upload speed. If you use your broadband internet connection for activities that depend more on download speed such as watching Netflix movies or YouTube videos, then opt for a broadband plan that guarantees a good download speed. Generally, most people require a higher download speed as per their usage.

On the other hand, if you engage in online activities with higher upload bandwidth such as sending emails, video calls, uploading videos on social platforms, then you can choose a high-speed broadband plan that offers a reasonable upload speed.

What speed should I have?

It would help if you always chose a broadband plan that suits your daily data consumption. You can select a policy that offers a speed of 4-6Mbps if you want to share audio and video files without any interruption.

If you are a gamer, 6-10 Mbps is the preferred speed. Business professionals usually opt for a broadband internet connection that offers a speed up to 50 Mbps to enable multitasking among employees and better internet connectivity on different devices.

How to check your internet speed?

There are many free internet speed test tools available online. To check the download speed on your connection, you will need to download a file of a specific size from the test server to your PC, and the test tool will measure the total time taken to make the transfer. Similarly, upload speed is measured by uploading a file from your computer to the test server and measuring the time taken to complete the same.

If your internet speed is slower than what was guaranteed by the service provider, you can check out a few simple hacks to improve your broadband connection here, or maybe contact the internet service provider.

How to secure your broadband connection?
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December 2019

Whether you are using your smartphone, tablet, desktop or even smart TV, an internet connection is vital. Did you know that your Broadband WiFi connection signals are not only limited to the walls of our homes and offices? WiFi signals are broadcasted out into the streets and cybercriminals are in a constant lookout to access a free broadband internet connection. It is always better to secure broadband connection and to stay safe from the illegal and fraudulent activities that take place over the internet.

Follow these few easy steps to stay safe and maintain a secure WiFi connection:

  • Encrypt your WiFi connection:

    For a stable internet connection, you should encrypt your WiFi access points, so that only designated people can use your internet connection. There are a few standard types of protection in-built in a WiFi router including WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy), which is rudimentary encryption and is least secure, WPA (WiFi Protected Access) and WPA2. WPA is the most used encryption, suitable for homes and office spaces where the residents or the employees can have access to the network through a shared password key.

  • Pay attention to your password:

    While setting up a secure WiFi connection, do not forget to enter a long password which is random and hard to guess. Also, please change the default username and password of the new WiFi router as soon as you start using it to reduce the risk of being hacked and maintain a secure broadband network.

  • Hide your SSID:

    You can further maintain a secure WiFi connection by restricting its visibility to your family members or employees. The Service Set Identifier (SSID) also referred to as the network name, can be set to ‘hidden’ so that strangers cannot trace it, and only those who know the name of the network can get connected to it.

  • Set up MAC authentication:

    Just like every laptop and mobile device has a specific IP address, they also have a unique MAC address. To secure internet connection, you should add the MAC addresses of all your devices to WiFi router’s settings. This way, only those devices whose MAC address you have added to the router can access your broadband Wifi connection.

  • Limit the range of the wireless signal:

    If you are using your WiFi for a smaller area, whether at your residence or office, you can limit the scope of the WiFi signal by switching the router from 802.11b or 802.11n to 802.11g. Another way to physically secure WiFi router signals is by painting your room with WiFi blocking paint. The paint contains chemicals that absorb WiFi signals, thereby not allowing them to penetrate beyond the walls.

These simple steps can help add layers of protection to your broadband internet connection. They can also help you control the access for your broadband connection so that hackers do not abuse your internet and you get the best deal out of your internet package.

How to fix the common issues of your Broadband Connection?
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December 2019

Are you frustrated by various issues related to your broadband connection? Do you quite often come across an unresponsive webpage, higher page loading time and excessive lagging while video streaming or gaming? There might be a high possibility that your broadband connection requires troubleshooting.

However, before you contact your service provider, follow these easy tips for fixing your broadband internet connection:

  • Check the cables and the extensions:

    One of the easiest ways for broadband troubleshooting is to check if all the wires connected to your router and Ethernet Ports are undamaged and are in place. Check the wires outside your home as well, since the weather or even overeager birds or other animals might damage the cables, affecting your internet connection.

  • Power cycling and decoding the blinking lights:

    You can fix broadband connection through power cycling as well. Power cycling means disconnecting the cables from the primary power source, waiting until the router has undergone the usual boot-up sequence and then plugging the wires in again. There is a higher chance for your broadband connection to start working after power cycling.

    Also, check the light indicators on your modem or router. If, after plugging in a few lights are flashing or not glowing, then it might indicate that there is no internet connectivity or that the WiFi button is turned off on the modem.

  • Check the micro-Filter:

    Another option If you face an issue of broadband not connecting to the internet is checking the micro-filter that connects to devices such as telephone, fax, and modem that might interrupt the flow of the internet. Disconnect each of the devices from the micro-filter and try reconnecting them one at a time. Remember to check your broadband connection every time you connect new equipment.

  • Scan for Viruses:

    Apart from damaging your computer, viruses can affect your broadband connection as well. Your broadband connection might get infected with malicious spyware present on your PCs which, in turn, will affect your browser’s performance and surfing speed. It would be best if you scanned your computer regularly to avoid damage from viruses.

  • Check your Data Pack:

    One of the everyday situations of broadband not connecting to the internet is when you have used all your data or subscribed to a pack that provides a slower connection. Visit your service provider’s website and check the data usage history. If you are still experiencing a slower connection than what was promised by the provider, then contact the operator.

  • Update your Firmware:

    Firmware is software in your router or a modem which needs to be installed in your PC before you start using the internet. If you face an issue of broadband not working, then you might try reinstalling or updating the firmware.

If you still face problems troubleshooting your broadband internet connection even after trying these tips, you should contact your service provider. The problem could be at their end and solving it might require replacing or adding new equipment.

3 easy ways to pay your Hathway broadband bill
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Feburary 2020

We have made your Hathway broadband bill payment a breeze. With secure technology and various methods you can easily pay for your broadband connection for hassle-free and uninterrupted service. Here, we have listed down ways for you to recharge your broadband connection:

Simply click http://www.hathway.com/Broadband/BroadbandPaymentOptions

  • Online Payment: Make a Broadband online payment by simply clicking http://payonline.hathway.com/HathwayPG/QuickBill/QuickBill.html

  • Collection box: Deposit the cheque at your nearest Hathway Drop box / Relationship centres between 10am- 6pm between Monday to Friday. For the list of locations simply click http://www.hathway.com/Broadband/BroadbandPaymentOptions

  • Payment pick-up at door step: You could make the request by clicking on "Cheque Pick up" at http://www.hathway.com/Broadband/BroadbandPaymentOptions.

  • Alternatively, you can send an SMS by typing ISP_Renew Acc No to 575759. We shall send a collection executive to collect the payment. A charge of Rs.100 + taxes will be levied for the pick-up.

Apart from the above you may pay your broadband bill online via various third party trusted portals. These days there are many options available for your convenience.Also, you may pay bills online on our bill payment portal using your credit card or by using net banking safely. Once you go on our website you can easily click on the box which will take you to the enter details page where you can choose to feed in your account number or registered mobile number along with a CAPTCHA code for security reasons, next you need to simply click on the submit button to pay your broadband bill.Earlier people were a little hesitant to pay bills online, but now as times and technology has changed people are paying all kinds of bills online. The online payment trend has become prevalent due to its many benefits. First and foremost when you pay your broadband bill online you save money both on postage and late fee along with time. Broadband recharge online is much safer than snail-mail method. Your personal information is much more vulnerable to theft when on paper and physically moving. Apart from this when you pay your broadband bill online using your credit or debit cards you get many offers and cashback opportunities.

We recommend that you take full advantage of the digital methods of payment and make your broadband bill payment a cakewalk while availing the best advantages.

Choosing your router as per your Broadband Plan: Things to keep in mind 
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Feburary 2020

A broadband router is a central node of your home network. It either connects directly to the network cable or through a modem. The modem then acts as a medium through which all inbound and outbound traffic is passed. Your WIFI router for broadband also acts as first line of security in protecting your home network from malicious online attacks.

Speed is crucial when it comes to choosing your router for home broadband. If the router transmits data too slow then you will experience lag, your broadband WIFI router specifications should match your broadband speed. The speed of your broadband depends on what type of data you use and how you use it.

For example if you need to transfer or download huge files or stream movies and videos you will need higher speed. Also broadband speed is heavily dependent on the number of people who are using the broadband at your home.

No let’s understand broadband WIFI router speeds and how it affects your home broadband. The speed of your router for home broadband depends on the router’s bandwidth. Both bandwidth and speed are interchangeable terms which technically mean the same thing. Broadband routers can have different speeds ranging from 150 mbps, 300mbps to 1900mbps. However, your actual internet speed is determined by your Internet Service Provider where the speed of the router has little role to play in the speed you receive. The actual role of high-speed routers is in managing the flow of data and creating the network where you can enjoy interruption-free streaming of videos, music and file transfer.

Routers are essential in establishing your network security as well. The router is the first line of defence when it comes to hackers and malicious activities on your network. Different routers use different protocols for security such as WEP, WPA and WPA 2. Out of the three WPA2 security protocol is the best and most modern routers offer it, routers come in handy if you wish to block some websites or content from getting accessed by anyone at home.

Antennas of the broadband router are very important and they help transmit data. Most routers have an internal antenna, however broadband WIFI routers with external antennas are able to transfer data easily from one part of the room to another. Hathway broadband is one of the few service providers that gives its customers a top notch router along with their subscription absolutely free.

An important thing to note is that there are multiple appliances at your home that might create disturbances if kept near the high speed broadband router as their frequencies are same. To avoid this you must choose dual-band routers that allow connections at frequencies exceeding 5GHz.

Relocating to a new house? Things to keep in mind before transferring your broadband connection
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Feburary 2020

Home re-locations are an important part of our lives. But when we change our home our broadband connection should not suffer. Relocating Hathway broadband connection is very easy and hassle-free. We have listed down a few steps that you just need to follow to successfully shift your Hathway broadband connection to a new address.

Contact customer care on the number provided to you and make a shifting request. Share all your details and the new home address with our representative. We will first confirm if we are operative in and around your new address and if it is feasible to accept your broadband shifting request. Post that we will get back to you within 7-10 working days. Our customer care number as per your city is provided on our website.

Although the above are the main points for anyone but there are certain other factors also that you should consider before you plan to relocate broadband connection. You must always compare between various service providers and local connections and see which one is the best suited for your everyday use. Today, there are so many different brands and data providers each selling something different, unique offer or price. We suggest you consider all points that are required for you to make an informed choice.

The next thing in the list would be the speed of the broadband connection. Again, there are multiple options available when it comes to data speed. Download speed on broadband internet can range from as low as 2mbps and can go up to 1 GB. So deciding what speed whether you want a fibre optic connection or not is important.

A plan that offers speed up to 50 mbps is great for a household that requires streaming videos, entertainment, games and download of large files. Sometimes having many options can confuse us all, that’s why we recommend that you use any of the available online broadband speed checking portals. This way you will get to know what speed you are at currently and how much of a boost you really need. Also, it’s always better to do a comparison before settling for something.

Lastly, if you observe today majority of broadband packages are unlimited, which means one can download as much data without hitting a cap. So, if your home uses limited data just for basic browsing and no online gaming or watching videos, it’s beneficial to invest in a plan that’s cheaper and offer a caped data package.

What is fair usage policy and benefits?
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Feburary 2020

If you are considering getting a broadband connection, do make sure that you check the fair usage policy or FUP. There are certain broadband services in India that do not have FUP.

You should make it a point that you check the Fair Usage Policy and other benefits of broadband.

So, what does Fair Usage Policy mean?

In simple words FUP means that even though you may have subscribed to an unlimited unlimited data plan, due to your usage being high if your data crosses a certain cap as decided by the broadband provider your connection speed will get reduced for the rest of the month. 

Broadband traffic management

If you are streaming a lot of HD videos, downloading and uploading large files you could be slowing down other people’s data speed and broadband connections. Therefore, if your home broadband is constantly affecting other users, your network provider may restrict your connection during peak times. 

This is called traffic management and network providers use this during peak hours so that all users have a consistent experience. 

To manage your data needs you should keep a check on how much data you have consumed and even before you go ahead and choose a plan for yourself you should consider referring to online broadband usage calculators. You can find numerous broadband usage calculators online that are simple to use and prove to be very beneficial in helping you understand your data needs. 

You can find Hathway broadband data usage details on our website under the broadband section. We have listed everything clearly along with the Fair Usage Policy. Hathway’s broadband plans are designed so that our customers avail the maximum advantage even in peak hours. 

Today, broadband internet has become our lifeline and people are choosing broadband internet as compared to dial up for many reasons. Broadband connection is up to 100 times faster than dial up connection. You can download large data, movies, files and pictures within seconds and minutes. 

Today youngsters are drawn towards online gaming. Modern high speed gaming is possible on broadband internet only.

Broadband internet does not affect the phone line. You are connected through cable while using broadband therefore your phone is not preoccupied while using broadband internet. One of the best advantages of broadband is that it gives you high-speed internet along with cheap phone services via VoIP technology. 

Today, due to many advantages of using broadband internet connection everyone is opting for it. Broadband internet can be kept connected continuously without attracting any additional charges. Therefore, this avoids frequent dialing or logging on to the service provider’s service while accessing the internet. 

Will additional devices slow down the internet connection?
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Feburary 2020

Having additional devices connected to broadband internet does not slow down internet speed. However, when more devices are transferring data over the internet WIFI speed does slow down. This happens because the router can only transfer and manage a fixed amount of data per second and that data is shared with all users and devices. 

If you plan to connect more devices to your broadband connection here are a few tips you can follow to speed up your data and connection.

As your devices increase you wonder how to improve your internet speed?

  • As your devices go up in number the first and foremost thing you should do is to check your internet speed. There are a number of online portals that check your internet speed and show you the details of download speed, upload speed and ping rate. Once you are clear about the above, you can then think about how to improve your internet speed.

  • The biggest reason for slow internet speed is an outdated modem. Consider upgrading to the latest broadband modem which offers you maximum speed and network security as well. An easy way to boost your internet speed is to place the modem at a centralised location in your home. Most people place their routers at one corner of the house and that leads to limited signal reach. In addition to the above you may also consider getting a WIFI signal extender that can help you increase the speed of your broadband internet. 

  • Next thing you can do is scan for any potential viruses that may be slowing your broadband speed down. Sometimes malware and viruses can limit the power of your resources and slow your broadband speed down. Checking for viruses will definitely help improve your broadband internet connection’s speed. 

Check for external interference

Today, most of us have iPhones, iPads, sound systems and at least one other form of electronic device around our broadband modems. By removing any electromagnetic interference caused due to the above devices you can truly speed up your internet connection. 

Apart from the above if you still wonder how to boost your internet speed, simply plug in wireless wifi. However, it’s just a little bit slower than plugging into your modem, if you’re using your desktop then we definitely recommend plugging directly into the modem. 

Things to consider before choosing a broadband connection
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March 2020

In today’s time, having a good broad band connection has become one of the most important utility for homes. A good broadband connection is a service that is being used by everyone be it young or old, for work, staying connected or binging.

Therefore, the broadband connection needs to be the best with great broadband offers, high speed broadband connection and broadband packages.

Homes look for a broadband connection that can take care of web surfing, games, emails, downloading of data and online streaming for entertainment purposes. There are a number of high-speed broadband connection brands that have a multitude offers. Here, we have listed the top things to consider before choosing a broadband connection:

We recommend that you take full advantage of the digital methods of payment and make your broadband bill payment a cakewalk while availing the best advantages.

  • Location and availability:

    One of the easiest ways for broadband troubleshooting is to check if all the wires connected to your router and Ethernet Ports are undamaged and are in place. Check the wires outside your home as well, since the weather or even overeager birds or other animals might damage the cables, affecting your internet connection.

  • Power cycling and decoding the blinking lights:

    The first factor to consider before choosing your broadband connection is the location and the availability of the service. Where you live matters the most and if the Internet service provider offers service there or not is a big question you should ask before choosing the brand. Do your research and get a list of local service providers.

  • Download and upload speed :

    is a very important aspect. The rate at which you download and upload data plays a huge role in the user experience. Many people pay for very high speeds that they don’t really need. For streaming a movie on some of the most popular OTT platforms, you need speed between .7 to 5.3 mbps (approximately). When it comes to upload speed, HD video calling requires 1.2 mbps (approximately). Although broadband connection speeds differ according to what and how you are using we recommend that you list out your use thoroughly before choosing your high-speed broadband connection.

  • The cost :

    The cost of your broadband package plays a vital role. There should be a good balance between speed and price. Many homes are using their broadband connection for working from home to things like shooting mails or simply surfing the web. Some homes have very high use of internet data with heavy upload and download of internet data. Therefore you need to clearly list out your exact use and then compare the high speed broadband plans and offers.

  • Reliability:

    Reliability is also a very important aspect when it comes to choosing your high-speed broadband connection. Having unreliable broadband connection is stressful. You must make sure that your Internet service provider offers a connection that does not face a lot of interruptions and that the customer service is good. If at all the broadband connection faces any problems then it should be addressed quickly

Hathway Broadband offers customized broadband offers and packages that add value to your life and Internet usage. Check out our website for more information about broadband connection plans.

Why is download speed always faster than upload speed?
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March 2020

If you are wondering about your download speed being way faster than your upload speed, here’s where we will tell you all about it. The difference between Internet download speed and Internet upload speed is simple to understand. When you download, you receive data from the Internet to your system and when you upload, you transfer data from your system to the Internet. Speed is just the rate at which the data is transferred. Cable companies set the default settings as download speed being faster than upload speed. People generally download more data than they upload and with the above setting users are able to enjoy good download speed.

Some businesses may require good upload speed, there are not many people who require really fast upload speed. In most cases when data is uploaded it goes from one system to a specific site. The cables, connections and modems that maintain this difference are all designed to be asymmetric.

Your Internet upload speed and download speed will in most cases never match what your ISP advertises about the speed of your connection. It is but normal to get only eighty to ninety percent of the maximum that has been advertised. Most service providers play safe by using the word ‘up to’ to elucidate that you are not going to get the promised speed at all times.

The reason why you don’t get consistent speed and why service providers advertise in the above way is because when you’re broadband Internet Connection is shared by other people in your society or building generally there’s a slowdown. In such cases the servers are busy uploading and downloading data for multiple users at the same time and are not able to provide the best speed.

If you want to check the exact difference between your Internet upload speed and download speed you can try out a simple speed test. There are multiple online platforms to test your Internet broadband speed. This way you will be able to monitor the difference easily. Especially when it comes to homes, people generally consume data rather than sharing it which means homes stream movies, watch online series, download big files or even play heavy online games that require downloading of data.

That’s why you will see most broadband connections are configured to offer an asymmetric data speed. If you are looking for symmetric data transfer where you get consistent download speed and good upload speed you can explore fiber internet options that offer the above advantage.

How is fiber optic broadband different from traditional broadband connections?
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March 2020

Today, data is the key and speed is a very important aspect when it comes to transferring data. Everything that we consume today online is data delivered from one computer to another through the medium of wired connections.

Traditional or standard broadband (ADSL) connection uses copper phone lines to transfer data, while fiber uses a newer network of high-speed fiber optic cables. Fiber is much better when it comes to delivering big data across greater distances.

Fiber optic broadband deals were once very expensive as compared to slower traditional options however, with the growing demand, coverage and decrease in prices are making fiber the new standard. Here, we have listed some prominent differences between fiber optic connection and traditional broadband connection.

These days both cable and fiber optic broadband connections are available in speeds fast enough for anyone to do most of their work however, they can vary depending on your location, the kind of building you live in, the technology used in your local cabinet, wires used at your home and many others.

Fiber optic connection offers speed up to 10Gbps with symmetrical upload and download bandwidth. Cable internet offers speed that meets the demands of most small and medium-sized businesses however it’s much slower than a fiber optic connection.

When it comes to reliability, fiber optic broadband connection is considered to be more dependable than traditional broadband connections. Fiber optic connection offers a number of advantages when it comes to consistency and performance. Fiber gives the users a dedicated line while cable shares the connection with other users. A dedicated line saves the user from delays in data processing and latency. Cable internet speeds tend to slow down during high-volume data transfer.

There is a noticeable difference in the pricing between copper and fiber cables. In general fiber internet connection is going to cost more than traditional copper cable connection. Although the price gap is decreasing but it’s always good to check and consider all options before investing your money. The cost also depends on the brand and Internet provider you choose.

These are some of the most significant advantages when you compare fiber optic broadband connection over a cable or DSL connection:

A business that uses fiber will be more productive and give a higher output. Fiber offers increased reliability and less downtime along with more dependable access to cloud based services. Last but not the least with fiber optic connection you enjoy uninterrupted streaming and conferencing.

Hathway broadband offers end-to-end fiber optic connection for users. We recommend that you do read up more on fiber Internet before making a decision.

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Why is my download speed so slow when I have a fast Broadband Connection?
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March 2020

When you use your high-speed broadband Internet and you experience that it is slow and does not offer what you have been promised, here are a few things to keep in mind to identify if you are actually getting what you are paying for.

  • Check your current broadband internet speed:

    The first thing you need to do is to test your current Internet speed. This way you will be able to tell if you are getting anything lower than you should be. You can check your broadband download speed by simply doing a speed test online, there are multiple platforms that are free and easy to use.

  • Upgrade to the latest router:

    The biggest issue that may be keeping you from getting fast Internet download speed may be your old and outdated router. Your broadband speed suffers greatly if you don’t update your router model. There are numerous advantages of purchasing the latest model of your WIFI-router. You don’t just invest in better internet speed but also a more secure network.

  • Throttling:

    Your Internet service provider may slow down your broadband download speed or throttle certain types of traffic, such as peer-to-peer traffic. Sometimes even when you have opted for unlimited usage the ISP may decide to slow down your broadband speed after you download a certain size of data.

  • Update your Internet browser :

    Updating to a faster internet browser offers many advantages for better broadband download speed. You will be able to see a magnitude of a difference by just updating your browser to a faster and a more powerful one. Try out different browsers and see which one gives you the best results as compared to your old browser.

  • Scan for viruses:

    This one is very important, you need to check that your computer or device is not infected. Viruses can also lead to slowing down your broadband download speed. Viruses can live on your device without you realizing and can suck away your resources. Update to the latest anti-virus programs to avoid losing data and speed and scan your system often.

  • Interference from home appliances:

    WIFI interference can be caused by a variety of home appliances like baby monitors and microwave ovens. Depending on the positioning of your wireless router, your networked device and the appliance, you may even have the wireless network cut out when the microwave or the baby monitor is in use.

    A simple fix to this situation is to just place the household appliance in such a way that it is not between the router and the device.

  • Time of the day:

    You may experience slow broadband download speed in the peak hours of the day when many users are online. Mostly evenings are when people are online and you experience slower speeds at this time.

How a VPN can protect your broadband connection from viruses.
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April 2020

As you browse through the online space you are always being watched. This may not be malicious all the time however, it is definitely intrusive. Networks track browsing habits to acquire data for better targeting. Simply put, it’s like someone monitoring the public WIFI hot-spot. To avoid being watched all the time, you should consider getting a VPN home network or a VPN for broadband.

  • What is a VPN?

    A VPN home Network allows you to use your computer as if you were on a secondary network. VPN for broadband connection curbs any eavesdropping or unwanted monitoring activity while you are online.

    VPN broadband connection is used by a number of businesses so that their employees can access local files and data even when they are far away. Their laptops are connected to the corporate network via VPN technology therefore they all appear to be on a local and secure network.

  • How does a VPN work?

    A good VPN home network allows you to browse and surf online anonymously by connecting your device to a secure private server and hiding your true IP address. A VPN home network uses a process called tunneling which encapsulates and encrypts your data. VPN broadband connection hides and makes your data unreadable so that no one can access or discover it.

  • Choosing your home VPN router.

    There are many routers available in the market however; there are very few VPN home routers that support VPN client or Client Mode. Since there are only a few routers for home that offer VPN support you need to compare and choose very carefully to avail maximum advantage and security of the highest standards.

  • Ways you can use VPN to protect yourself from potential threats.

    After you select your trustworthy VPN broadband connection provider for your home, you need to make sure of the following:

    Your VPN technology for home streaming allows you to enable a kill switch which is a feature that helps you protect your home broadband connection through VPN technology. When you enable the kill switch, your VPN for broadband connection automatically cuts off the broadband connection if the VPN broadband connection is lost.

    To get the latest bug fixes and robust protection against viruses and threats your VPN broadband connection should be up to date with the latest security protocols.

    To make the most of your VPN broadband connection, go to encrypted sites only. Being a little cautious along with having a robust VPN technology for home streaming helps you protect your data successfully.

    We want you to have a safe and secure broadband experience, therefore apart from the above information, you can always count on our dedicated technical support professionals to help you with other information. Do check out our broadband deals online.

Fiber broadband: WIFI range takes a leap.
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April 2020

Tiny strands of plastic or glass not thicker than human hair, bound together, transmitting coded signals in pulses of light. Fiber-optics are as fascinating as they sound and they can probably give you the fastest broadband speed in the world.

Fiber optics use binary signals. Binary number system consists of zero and one where zero being off and one being on, creates a world of complex symbols and instructions to make fiber broadband speed the fastest.

  • What makes fiber optic broadband download speed so fast?

    Broadband speed depends on how much data the setup can handle. Fiber broadband connection uses modulated light which has much higher bandwidth capacity. When we talk about fiber broadband speed every second matters because fiber broadband connections work at speeds up to one gigabyte per second.

  • Long distances? No problem.

    There are issues with copper cables when it comes to signal strength.

    Copper cable links are limited to 328 feet or less however, fiber-optic cables can run up to almost 25 miles before they lose any signal strength.Fiber-optic increases WIFI speed and also makes the whole system very robust.

  • Ready for a different modem?

    Fiber optic broadband connections use two distinct technologies.

    FTTC: Fiber to the cabinet is a connectivity technology that is based on a combination of fiber optic cable and copper cable. The fiber optic cable is in place from the local telephone exchange to a distribution point, hence the name fiber to the cabinet. From this distribution point a standard telephone line based on copper is then used to deliver the fiber broadband connection.

    FTTH: Fiber to home technology is by far the best for fiber optic broadband speed and fiber broadband connection. The fiber cable directly reaches the customer’s house rather than a central location and dramatically increases the fiber optic broadband download speed.

    The above two technologies have a slightly different WIFI router for the fiber optic connection:FTTC connection happens exactly as on ADSL modems which means connecting a copper pair to the telephone socket of the house. In FTTH technology the wire is replaced with a fiber optic cable that enters directly into the router or from a wall distribution box, which converts the signal to Ethernet (the modem/router will, therefore, be connected via Ethernet). This increases fiber broadband speed. There are various brands making the best WIFI routers for fiber optic broadband connection.

  • Improve WIFI connection speed and durability.

    Fiber broadband lines are very small in size but are much harder than copper. Fiber broadband connection line can withstand up to 100 to 200 pounds of pressure as compared to copper that can only take 25 pounds. For those who are looking at data efficiency and reliability while downloading and uploading at super high-speeds, fiber is the way forward. With fiber broadband connection you can improve WIFI connection speed.

Broadband and fiber optic internet - difference and benefits.
Blog
April 2020

With the rise in demand of broadband connectivity and services, customers are looking for new technology to improve their quality and get speed that’s unprecedented. Amidst this, the constant war between copper and fiber broadband continues to be in the spotlight. However, the benefits of fiber network are more powerful. Let’s take a look at some of the major differences between copper and fiber lines and why does fiber stand out?

  • What’s the basic difference?

    Fiber optic cable is considered more advanced. Fiber broadband uses tiny threads of glass to transmit information as light. Cable broadband uses copper lines to transmit data in the form of electricity. Copper cables have been in the market for decades. Fiber is considered to be the fastest broadband connection.

  • Which one’s easily available?

    Fiber broadband was earlier not very easily available but now with the advent of corporate revolution and more companies demanding powerful and high-speed fiber broadband technology, fast fiber broadband connection is now available in most markets. However, to bring fiber to your selected location you might need to pay extra. Copper cable networks are more readily available and most businesses and home locations have pre-installed cables in the building and societies.

  • Which one’s faster?

    One of the most prominent benefits of fiber network is that it offers amazing speed. Up to 300 Mbps symmetrical download and upload bandwidth is definitely a feature that differentiates fiber broadband.

    Cable broadband is slower however; it serves well for the small and medium-sized businesses. Standard cable download and upload speeds may vary from 1 Mbps up to 50 Mbps.

  • Which one’s more reliable?

    When it comes to reliability, fiber connection is considered to be more dependable. There are many advantages of fiber broadband technology and it promises consistency and performance.

    Fiber broadband connection has a dedicated line whereas copper lines are often shared. A dedicated line safeguards you against latency and helps you get a consistent home broadband speed.

  • So, before making a decision on settling for a particular technology, do consider your usage and requirement. Fiber broadband technology is definitely faster and better however, it is flat out high-priced and you will need to check the service availability in your location. As compared to fiber, copper broadband connections are affordable and available. Consider all the above before you decide to invest. You can always call up our customer care number to enquire about more details about home broadband speed, technology and availability.

Getting good broadband speed for streaming- things to consider
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April 2020

Broadband connection and speed is a very important element when it comes to streaming movies, TV shows and playing online games. Today, almostall broadband providers are providing high broadband speed for streaming. However, there are a few things you must consider before you invest in your next broadband streaming plan.

Today, content qualities on various OTT platforms are quite high. To enjoy the full depth and scale of content available online you must know the basics of what broadband speed for streamingis required. To watch impeccable standard definition content you can opt for a broadband connection for home that’s above 2 Mbps. The speed requirement will further increase if you want to enjoy 3D content, high definition and 4K streaming.

If you are going to watch lots of online media, then you might need a plan with higher data caps. We suggest you choose one of the high-speed broadband service providers who offerat least 200GB data per month. You can also start with an affordable plan and scale upyour broadband speed for streamingas per your usage.

  • Broadband speed tests

    are a useful tool to assess your broadband speed for streaming and identify any broadband speed issues. There are multiple free online platforms and websites available for free on which you can check the speed of your home broadband connection.Youshould conduct speed tests and take a note of your broadband connection’s quality.

    Your broadband connection’s speedis measured by how much data it can transfer in a second. Mega bits of data per second or Mbps is the more familiar acronym that almost every user knows.Data travels in two directions; you can download and upload information to and from your computer. Every computer has a different broadband download speed and broadband upload speed. Usually download speed is much faster than the upload speed. But this also depends on your connection and the high-speed broadband service provider you choose.

    If at all you are facing a slow broadband connection, then there are a lot of ways in which you can fix this situation. First thing to do is to check your broadband connection cables any lose end can lead to a drop in your broadband speed for streaming. Next thing is to check if there is any interference from any household product like the microwave etc. certain household devices absorb WIFI signals and create interruptions.

    Lastly, you can check if you have the latest WIFI router or modem. By simply upgrading your modem to the latest model you will be able to get a good boost in your slow broadband connection and scale up to a comfortable broadband speed for streaming.

5 ways to avoid frequent disconnection of your broadband connection
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April 2020

If your broadband connection drops frequently and you are experiencing issues with your home broadband connection it could be due to multiple reasons. Here we have listed a few solutions on how to fix alost broadband connection. First and foremost, if you have multiple devices connected to the same broadband connection you can check the connection of different devices. In many cases it could be a device or a hardware issue rather than a connection problem. Test your broadband connection on your devices separately. If all devices on the network have the same problem then this indicates an issue with the cable, router, DSL modem or the ISP.

  • Cable or DSL modem

    If the cable modem is having trouble maintaining a steady connection and you are facing frequent disconnection of broadband connection, power cycling might resolve the issue as it might be overheating.

  • Restart the modem

    The first thing to do to fix a lost broadband connection is to turn off the cable modem. The modem can be disconnected by removing the power cord from the back. Keep your modem unplugged for at least 60 seconds before putting the power cable back and turning it on. A cable modem requires a little time to run self-checks and reconnect. You will see the broadband connection light indicator in front of the modem, when you see it’s illuminated, plug in your router. Check if you were able to fix broadband connection problems doing the above.

  • Network issue from the side of your ISP

    Your ISP is a good resource to check if your computer is experiencing frequent disconnection of broadband. The technical and support team can run system checks and line checks to determine if there are any issues between your computer and the broadband connection that might be causing frequent disconnection of broadband. You should also ask for suggestions on how tofix broadband connection problems.

  • Virus or malware infection

    A virus or malware infection could cause frequent disconnection of broadband. If the infection is severe enough then you will experience broadband connection drops frequently. You need to remove the virus or spyware from the computer to fix broadband connection problems. Check if your virus protection is up to date so that you experience a stable and secure broadband connection.

  • Upgrade your modem

    After multiple attempts at trying to fix your lost broadband connection, if you still face the same problem then you might want to look at getting a new modem or upgrading it to the latest version. Modems have in-built security cards which not only provide you with home broadband security however; it also upgrades your broadband speed to a considerable degree. Updated modems can easily fix broadband connection problems.

Hathway broadband offers end to end customer service & support. So, if you opt for any of our plans you can rest assured that we will be there for any technical support. Check out our website for customized plans for your city

More binging, less buffering please!
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May 2020

With binge-watching your favorite shows becoming the new Saturday night, it’s imperative for your broadband connection to keep up.

The world of Mbps or Megabits per second can be a tad confusing for those of us who just want something fast that lets us watch without interruption and download without a long wait.

Here are a few things to keep in mind while choosing the perfect broadband service to fulfill your sitcom watching dreams.

  • How fast is fast enough ?

    While OTT services like Netflix, Amazon, and others recommend that your internet speed for streaming needs to be at 5 Mbps to watch high-definition shows and movies that does not take into account the number of users using the connection or the quality you want to watch your videos in. For multiple users, a high resolution, and a seamless, non-buffering viewing experience, go for a high speed broadband connection that is higher than 15 Mb/s. For HD, 3D, or 4K, that speed is sufficient on most OTT platforms like Hotstar, Prime Video etc.(Netflix recommends a 25 Mbps speed for streaming 4K, while Amazon Prime Video says you’ll need at least 15 Mbps for the highest-quality video.)

  • Do a Speed Check

    Not sure if your connection is up to speed? There are several websites and applications like speedtest.com, fastest.com to name a few that offer free speed checks and give you a good idea about your current broadband internet speed for HD streaming. Do keep in mind certain factors that could hamper speed , no matter your choice of connection. The location from where you are streaming for one, certain geographical areas fall under the low end of the connectivity spectrum and may not be able to provide the optimum connection speed you are looking for. Blog Another factor is the distance of your WiFi Router from the device , the farther you go, the signal strength varies. Also, if your household has a separate 4K video streaming in every room, things may slow down no matter how fast a connection you have to your Internet Service Provider.

  • Wireless or Wired ?

    The next point of debate when it comes to a broadband connection is to go for wired or wireless. Broadband speed for HD streaming is always better with a wired broadband connection as compared to wireless broadband (Mobile internet or WIFIdongles). If possible, configure your system to stream HD videos over a cabled broadband connection for maximum transfer rate and uninterrupted entertainment.

Now that you’re armed and ready to get the best broadband connection out there, check out these Hathway Broadband plans: https://www.hathway.com/Broadband/HomeBroadbandand find what’s best for you. it’s time to get that popcorn popping and let the binge-watching begin!

Take the winning shot without any lag
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May 2020

The simple days and games of Donkey Kong and Super Mario have been PUBG’d into a sophisticated gaming universe that connects gamers from around the globe. Thanks to high-speed broadband, professionals and kids from all over the world can connect and compete with each other online.

A fast broadband connection and a high broadband speed are the game-changers that are required today to make the most of your gaming experience. It’s very important to understand the broadband bandwidth and Mbps required for gaming before choosing your broadband plan.

  • Latency/Ping Rate:

    Network latency is how long it takes for data to travel between its source and destination. The lower the latency, the better,it’s also called the ping rate.) A low latency number means the network is running well and your connection to another computer is fast. Higher latency means there is a lag somewhere in that link. Ping rate is measured in milliseconds (ms) and a high-speed broadband connection should ideally give you a ping rate of below 50 ms . There are many websites online where you may check your current ping rate. As you may have guessed, low latency or lag is imperative for a seamless gaming experience.

  • Speed:

    The faster the broadband speed for online gaming, the lower the risk of lags. Faster broadband upload speed and download speed widens your broadband bandwidth needed for gaming. The Broadband speed required for gaming varies from different consoles to different games and some consoles like Xbox One clearly indicate the speed and ping rate required. But, on average, the majority of online gaming sessions require a broadband connection with an upload speed of at least 1 Mbps and download speed of nothing less than 3 Mbps for single players. If multiple players are using the same broadband connection, multiply the speed by the number of users, who are playing at the same time.

    If other people in your household are going to be doing other internet-based activities (such as streaming movies, video chatting and downloading/uploading) at the same time, it can strain the bandwidth. Activities like streaming videos and downloading files are particularly big as they require a lot of data - a lot more than gaming, in fact. This can significantly slow your internet and game down if you don’t have enough bandwidth to support it all.

  • Wired vs Wireless:

    For online gaming, fixed-line broadband generally works better than a wireless connection. Wireless connections are susceptible to disruptions in gameplay.

  • Data Limits:

    Downloading, streaming and games takes up an enormous amount of data, so it is best to opt for an unlimited data plan.

The future of gaming is changing at a lightening pace, so it is important that your broadband doesn’t lag behind. Check out the Hathway plan that is best for youat  https://www.hathway.com/Broadband/HomeBroadband and let the games begin!

Is your home broadband connection ready for the new normal?
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May 2020

As millions set up their home offices and working from home becomes the new corporate culture, internet connections are being put to the ultimate test. While Zoom calls in your PJ’s sound blissful, the frequent interruptions of “Can you Hear me now?” and “I got disconnected again!” are all too familiar.

To make sure things run smoothly while working from home, here are a few things you can do to make the most out of your home broadband plan

  • Check Your Broadband Speed

    An easy way to check your home broadband speedis by running a speed test online. This will help you decide if you need to take steps to save the bandwidth of your home broadband connection or change your plan altogether. 
    The speed you need depends on the kind of work you do, if you mostly need the internet to check and send mailsthen a speed of 10 Mbps is sufficient, but if your job includes video calling or downloading and uploading large files, then you might need to be a little more strategic in using your data in case you aren’t planning to change your plan.

  • Streamline your computer

    Program updates, security scans, media player pop-ups, media-rich web pages and chat notifications could all be affecting your home broadband speed by using up the bandwidth unnecessarily. It’s essential to make sure you quit these applications/windows on your computer that could be slowing it down or utilizing your home broadband connection’s bandwidth. This will free up your home broadband connection and make things faster. 

  • Proper Router Set-Up and Placement

    To make the most out of your home broadband connection you’ll need to make sure you’re getting the best Wi-Fi signal. Firstly, make sure your home broadband router is plugged into your master socket and not an extension (this should be the largest socket in your house).

    Secondly, make sure your router is positioned correctly, upright and facing towards you, and that it’s in the best possible location. The best place for your home broadband router is in the middle of your home and unobstructed by walls or furniture as much as possible. Avoid placing it on the ground.

    Electrical devices can also disrupt your Wi-Fi connection for home, so keep it away from cordless phones and microwaves.

    Finally, check that it is set up properly, with all the wires connected securely and a micro-filter connected if you need one.

Take the above measures and you’ll be zooming through those video calls, emails and files without any hassle. In case of any further questions, you can always contact Hathway’s customer care https://www.hathway.com/About/ContactUs .

Get your broadband up to the speed you need.
Blog
May 2020

Over the last fifteen years, broadband has become one of the main technology components of our daily lives.The broadband connection speed at our homes needs to be at least at a certain level in order to keep us in sync with the world, entertainment, and other important things so it is imperative you get the quality and speed you require without the disruptions. The actual connection, the placement, the devices that you connect to all play an important role in optimizing your broadband connection speed.

  • Check Your Broadband Speed

    An easy way to check your home broadband speed is by running a speed test online. This will help you decide if you need to take steps to save the bandwidth of your home broadband connection or change your plan altogether. 
    The speed you need depends on the kind of work you do, if you mostly need the internet to check and send mails then a speed of 10 Mbps is sufficient, but if your job includes video calling or downloading and uploading large files, then you might need to be a little more strategic in using your data in case you aren’t planning to change your plan.

  • How to conduct an internet speed test ?

    Anyone who wants to test their internet bandwidth speed can find access to multiple free online platforms that will do it quickly and simply like Speedtest.net, Speedof.me to name a few.
    Broadband connection speed is typically measured in megabits per second or Mbps. When checking internet bandwidth speed at your home, there are two measurements to look at download Mbps speed and upload Mbps speed.
    Download speed checks how fast you can get something from a separate server onto your device, and upload speed measures how fast you can send something to a server.

    If you find you aren’t getting the speed you signed up for, make sure you have the following best practices in place for getting the maximum speed.

  • Keep your Router and connected devices up-to-date:

    Like your laptops or TV’s, it's a good idea to replace your router every five years or so to make sure it can cope with advancements in broadband technology. 

    Update Your Browser:

    Check whether you're using the latest version of your web browser - newer versions not only provide better security but should also work faster.

    Password Protect Your Broadband:

    If you don't keep your wireless router secure with a unique password, anyone nearby could latch on to your broadband. Not only could this slow down your internet speeds but your online security could also be at risk.

For further information on anything technical you can always connect with ourcustomer service and they will be happy to put you through our dedicated team of technicians.  Click the link below: https://www.hathway.com/About/ContactUs

Why GPON broadband technology is the next big thing.
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May 2020

Passive optical networks (PON) technology was available in the middle of 90s. Since then, it has constantly been evolving and various standards have been established and matured.

Gigabit passive optical network, or GPON, is the next evolution in structured cabling technology. GPON use a fiber-optic broadband connection to create a point-to-multipoint network, granting individual users’ all-fiber access to any Ethernet end-point.Gigabit PON (GPON) brings great improvement in data transmission distance and bandwidth. Let’s take a look at all its

BENEFITS OF GPON

  • Greater range: GPON systems, can transmit data over 10 to 20 kilometers. On the other hand, conventional copper is typically limited to a range of 100 meters. This makes it possible for the GPON broadband technology to deliver high speed in spite of the distance from the service provider.
  • Faster speeds: The Fiber optic network provides high-performance bandwidth of 5 gigabits per second (Gbps) downstream and 25 Gbps up to the hub. Such speeds are inconceivable for copper wires, especially over a great distance.
  • Space-saving benefits: GPON fiber is a fraction of the size of traditional copper cables, meaning less space is required to run the cabling through your building.
  •  Environmentally friendly: As a more efficient and powerful fiber to home network technology, it requires considerably fewer active components to remain up and running, and it doesn’t have strict operating temperature requirements. This means it uses less electricity and air conditioning at the backend and hence save on energy.
  •   Security: The level of security that GPON broadband technology  offers is a great attraction. Because GPON uses fiber, it creates a closed circuit meaning it cannot be hijacked or tapped. Not only that but it is encrypted to keep the user data secure.
  •  Sophisticated Technology: Some of the features of GPON are more advanced than other technologies, such as the ability to employ burst-mode (high-speed) transmission with statistical usage capabilities, allowing dynamic control and sharing of bandwidth, using committed and excess information rate parameters. This means that providers are able to offer users a minimum guaranteed bandwidth at peak times and superior service during less busy times.
  • STABILITY: Optical fiber is unaffected by electromagnetic compatibility and radio frequency interference, which can disrupt traditional Ethernet networks, particularly at high speeds.
  • FUTURE PROOF: GPON speed is future proof to 1.6 Tb/s per fiber.

Take the above measures and you’ll be zooming through those video calls, emails and files without any hassle. In case of any further questions, you can always contact Hathway’s customer care https://www.hathway.com/About/ContactUs .

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