We finally did it... we turned off our cable and land line at our home. We now have all of our media
we choose to watch streaming though the internet. YEA!
We made the decision due to changes with our cable company requiring that we have one of their boxes on every TV in the home to view our
subscription. Seamed a little controlling when you're paying a lot just for basic. We were paying a lot of money each month for our service so we decided to take inventory of what we actually watched through cable. Turns out we only watched a few channels, Fox News, ESPN and HGTV.
We learned that the channels we watched are available through internet streaming. It didn't make sense to pay for what we didn't watch. We also learned upon inquiring with our cable company that our internet speed was about 35 mbps at a premium price. This low internet speed started to make sense as to why our buffering was an issue whenever we streamed from internet.
After investigating other options for "Internet Only" service we learned that our existing cable company offered a 400 mbps internet package. To save more money we purchased our own router and wireless modem that can handle 400+ mbps. The other option would be to rent their router per month, NOT. Once connected we called the cable company with serial number of our router so they could ping it.
Buy streaming all our programming though the internet we saved about $150 per month and we actually have more choices than ever in what we decide to consume for our education or entertainment.
A few of our rental properties are pre-wired for cable and Ethernet through-out the house. Wireless is very nice... but, Ethernet is better!
In the above example we have every room in a few homes wired to a central location. There is a main line that comes in and any or all rooms can be connected via cable or Ethernet.
We are so glad we cut the cable and went fulltime streaming. With todays smart TV's the cable companies aren't as necessary.
Great place to check your internet speed is: speedtest.net