In this lockdown era while most of us have been confined to our homes, internet is the thing that’s keeping most of us sane(at least it is for me). The stuttering internet speed that most of our ISP used to offer that we didn’t notice enough or even didn’t care became an issue. Online classes, Webinars and what not demanded a steady internet connection that the mobile internet simply was not unable to deliver. From when I came home because of lockdown till now, I had been using my mobile internet connection of Airtel. The problem was the speed wasn’t constant throughout, from an absolute slow in the working hours of the morning to a workable speed of 1–2 Mbps in the wee hours of the night. This low bandwidth was a major issue, since my online classes were about to begin along with online exams of my sister. So finally after much deliberation I went for a 100Mbps Jio gigafiber connection in my home. This was obviously a huge jump for me in terms of internet speed, from having a 3G Micromax modem in class 11 that ever hardly offered speeds above 200 Kbps(the average was never beyond 100) to this. Also the offer from Jio was too good to be true. A minimal security deposit (₹2500) that comes bundled with a dual band router and a 4k set top box that promises to turn your non smart TV to a smart one (more about them in later posts) was nowhere close to what the local ISP were offering both in terms of speed, FUP limit and the security deposit (most of them don’t even bundle a router with the security deposit even if it’s as high as ₹5000 or more). Hence I decided to join the bandwagon and get a Jio gigafiber connection. The whole process was smooth. You request for a connection online on their website, their local representative calls you, asks for a preferable time to come and do the documentation, you pay the security deposit + 1 month of recharge online (here’s the first bummer you’ll probably encounter, the fee advertised on their website is devoid of extra 18% GST, so a monthly fee of advertised ₹699 comes around ₹824) and their installation team comes the next day or the day after for the installation. I had an inkling that the real download speed from the websites I use in my day to day life would never be as close, but I was excited anyway. Surely enough this was the case. The Wi-Fi speed was around 40 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band peaked at around 98 Mbps in the 5 GHz band in online speedtest. But the speed on download from Google Drive, YouTube, Torrent etc. peaked at around 7–8 Mbps. This is important because to a layman, if he’s paying for a 100 Mbps connection, he should get 100 Mbps speed, but that’s seldom the case. Most of the sites that we use to download and stream content are primarily Ad-supported (all Google services) or use peer to peer networking (Torrent) and thus they don’t use the full ceiling of the internet speed available. Even streaming a 4K video on YouTube wouldn’t use as much bandwidth as you would imagine (recommended speed of 20 Mbps) and for a 1080p video it’s even less (recommended speed 5Mbps). Speed as high as this is perfectly utilised when you download content from paid content providers, e.g, Steam or need high consistent upload speed in uploading content. So internet speed as high as this doesn’t matter much in day to day usage, what matters is the FUP limit that comes with your plan. In my case in the 15 or so days that I’ve been using this connection already 180 GB is used of my 250 GB monthly quota(my monthly plan is of 150 GB and only because of lockdown I’m getting the extra 100 GB), so you can safely say this plan isn’t adequate enough for me.Due to the high speed of the connection, most of the clients pull the content at the highest resolution available and hence this situation. So moral of the story here is if you are planning to get a new internet connection at home, opt for a connection that has high monthly FUP limit (preferably unlimited plans that most ISP offer) with a reasonable speed limit (10–20 Mbps is more than enough) rather than going for eye catching marketing gimmicks.Do your research prior to getting the connection and ask around if anyone near you has taken the same connection before and how has been their experience with it, trust me no matter how much research you have done online about the same, nothing compares it to first hand experience.

So that’s it for now. See you in my next post. If you like this post, take a minute to like and share this post. Thanks for your time :-) .

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Hello, I’m Aswini Kumar Sahu and this is my temporary blog, before I decide to move it to a more permanent home.