CHOOSING THE RIGHT FIBRE INTERNET PACKAGE
Not all broadband is created equal. With an array of super-fast fibre and standard fibre packages to choose from, there’s a lot to get to grips with when you’re looking for a product that will meet your needs. To help you make the very best buying decision, we’ve put together some guidelines to help you make an informed choice.
FIBRE FOR BEGINNERS
If you’re just starting out and don’t know yet what you’ll use the internet for, it’s a good idea to choose an entry-level fibre service. This way, you’ll avoid paying for super-fast speeds that you may not need if all you’re doing is checking e-mails or watching the odd YouTube clip. Try a capped 20/2 package with 50GB of monthly data or less.
FIBRE FOR MOVIES, TV AND GAMING
If you enjoy downloading HD movies or if you make extensive use of TV streaming services like Netflix or Showmax, you’re classified as a heavy user. The same goes for if you use peer-to-peer software a lot, are a big fan of online gaming or are constantly streaming or downloading music.If this sounds like you, it’s important that you select a package with an unlimited download limit (uncapped). That means you’ll be free to enjoy the web as you want to without worrying that you’ll exceed your allowance and run up extra charges or have a slower connection imposed on you by your provider. We recommend a line speed of 40Mbps or higher.
FIBRE FOR FAMILIES
Families are also almost certain to be heavy users, especially in homes with teenagers who’ve grown up with the web.With four or more people in a household, all of whom are likely to be using a range of web-enabled gadgets and going online simultaneously, you’ll find it’s easy to eat a hole in your web allowance and put a strain on your connection at busy times. You’ll likely want to sign up for the heavy use fibre products aimed at gamers and movie buffs in the previous section. We suggest an uncapped package with a speed of 50Mbps to 100Mbps.
FIBRE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
If you run a business, you’re probably better off signing up for a broadband package that’s tailored to the needs of many users. Uncapped and ultra- high speed is recommended, such as a 200Mbps line or faster.
DO I NEED VOICE OVER IP (VOIP)?
If you make use of a landline telephone, you have the option of moving your calls onto the fibre network. Certain ISPs such as Vox Telecoms offer bundles whereby you can make phone calls anywhere in the country for a fixed price or even for free. VoIP does not require a Telkom telephone line and you can save money on line rentals and call charges by using VoIP. Speak to one our friendly consultants to find out more.
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1. Smart Bulbs
Own your lighting mood and get much more from a light bulb than you ever thought possible with these nifty gadgets! You will never need to find a light switch once you connect these smart bulbs to your home Wi-Fi.
You can turn it on with an app or your voice, programme it to turn or automatically at a certain time, dim it, change the colour and some even have built-in speakers so you can play your music.
With the app you can also monitor the usage and its cost. Best part about it is you could do all this and more from halfway around the world or right from your couch using an app on your Smart Phone.
2. Connected Coffee Maker
For some of us, nothing beats a fresh cup of coffee first thing in the morning! It’s the getting out of bed and having to wait for your first brew that’s the problem.
How about a coffee machine that’s always online, controlled from your phone and ready to brew at the push of a button? We know, heaven sent right! With an app you will be able to control certain parameters like the strength of your coffee and these preferences can be saved for future use.
Vacuuming for some is therapeutic, but for the rest of us it can be a back-breaking nightmare! That’s where a RoboVac comes in.
Aside from initial programming, this little wonder goes about its duties with no assistance. It is able to detect dirt and debris and makes quick work of it. What makes it really smart though is that it can learn your homes layout, detect walls and furniture to avoid collisions and comes with a charging dock that it can find on its own. Ok so vacuuming can be therapeutic after all!
4. Smart TV
With a Smart TV, you can have the world at your fingertips without having to get off your couch. But it’s the fact that it becomes so much more than just a TV.
Once connected to your Wi-Fi, you’re able to browse the web as you would on your computer. Netflix and chill, get around to some grocery shopping or catch up on everything happening on Social Media, the choice is yours!
5. Smart Hub
The gadgets above often come with their own apps, but using a different app for each can become a bit much! One app sounds better than five, right?
That’s why a Smart Hub is an absolute must for a Smart Home. With the right Smart Hub you’ll be able to connect most if not all of your smart, connected gadgets and appliances, controlling them from the Smart Hub’s app.
Depending on the Smart Hub you get you’re also able to set up sequences so that your gadgets work together, when needed, as soon as one is triggered! This means your connected coffee maker can switch on once you get home and turn on your smart lights.