1. Start Streaming Your Media
One of the best ways to use the internet is to start streaming music and television shows instead of saving them locally. Streaming radio stations are extremely popular today and many streaming music stations are completely free. Streaming is better because you can access new songs at any time without having to download them first. You can set your own preferences on many of these radio stations so you’re only delivered the type of music that you’re interested in.
2. Make Your House A Smart House
There are many ways that your home and your appliances can be linked to the internet to make it easier to manage your household. Thermostats can hook up to the internet to record statistics about your thermostat adjustments. This can allow you to adjust the thermostat remotely and to save money. You can also turn lights on and off from a distance, open your garage door automatically, and monitor your own home security system. Home security in particular can be an extremely valuable investment because it allows you to ditch expensive monthly service fees.
3. Switch To A VOIP Phone
A VOIP phone is a phone that uses the internet rather than traditional phone lines. VOIP phones can be far preferable than a traditional phone line because they are much cheaper and because they run off your existing internet service. VOIP systems can be customized easily and allow you to have multiple phones without having to pay for multiple lines like a traditional phone service. For those who can’t bring themselves to ditch the land line, a VOIP system may be an excellent compromise. However, a homeowner should keep in mind that VOIP systems do lose power during power outages unlike traditional phones that can retain power through the phone line.
4. Cut Those Cable Lines
Cable is increasingly becoming a thing of the past with all of the streaming video and video on demand services that are available through the internet. With a media box, game console, smart television, or smart DVD player you can connect directly to these streaming video services and say goodbye to the hefty cable bill at the end of every month. Most of these video services are extremely inexpensive, and most popular shows are available the same week on these video services. There are even some popular exclusive shows available through some streaming networks.
5. Invest In A Good Home Network
What kind of high speed service is clear enough to give you a great network? If you’ve decided to get the most out of your internet usage and implement some of the above suggestions it’s also important to invest in a good home network. If you’re going wireless, you don’t want to skimp when buying your wireless router. Different routers are classed for different volumes of traffic, and you should always buy the highest possible rating if you are creating a complex home network. For a wired network, you should plot out all of the cables before you run them so that nothing is forgotten and the wiring doesn’t become too cluttered.