BELD Broadband Internet service gives you several high-speed options to choose from, so everyone in your house can do more of what they love online, on any device, all at the same time. Enjoy everything the Web has to offer, including downloading HD movies, uploading photos, streaming TV shows or simply surfing for fun.
BELD began installing its Hybrid Fiber Coax system in 1998 as part of an automatic meter-reading project. Since December of that year we have been offering unlimited High-Speed Internet access to residential and business customers, who appreciate the benefits of getting lightning-fast Web browsing at low rates from their community-owned Internet Service Provider (ISP).
How much speed do you need?
Here are some factors to consider in choosing your ideal connection speed:
Number of users:
Factor in how many users in your home may be on the internet at the same time.
What are you doing while online:
Some activities eat up bandwidth more than others—streaming video in HD/4K is certainly one of them.
Streaming video; SD 3-5 Mbps, HD 5-10 Mbps, 4k Ultra 25 Mbps,
Online gaming; 5-25 mbps depending on type of game, upload speed makes a difference here too, our 100 Mbps download offers 30 Mbps upload.
Downloading large files; 5-50 Mbps (depending on file size)
Streaming music; 1-2 Mbps
Video calling; 1-2 Mbps
Email/web browsing; .5 Mbps
Types of devices used:
Phones/tablets; smart phones, iPads, Kindles, etc
Streaming TV service; Youtube TV, Roku, Netflix, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, HBO NOW, CBS All Access, etc
Smart TV’s; LED, LCD, HD, etc
Cloud DVR; TiVo, Youtube TV, Hopper, Genie, etc
Gaming consoles; Xbox, PS4, Nintendo, Wii U
Smart appliances; Smart thermostats, video surveillance, Nest, Ring, SmartFridge, etc
Netflix recommends 5 Mbps to stream SD content on one device and 25 Mbps for 4K Ultra HD content, but you'll want faster speeds if you plan on connecting several devices to the web at once. Depending on number of devices and what you are doing online, 100-200 Mbps should work for most households.
Want to go wireless?
BELD Broadband Wireless HomeNet allows everyone in your home to share a single connection. We make creating a network of your connected devices (laptops, tablets, eReaders, etc) easy.
- Free installation ($49.95 savings)
- Free service calls and phone assistance
- No equipment to buy
- Free equipment replacement
- Secure protection
It's easier than ever to set up a wireless network! These home networking tips may come in handy if you want to configure your own equipment.
Many factors affect Internet speed, such as traffic, line conditions, your hardware and software, the data source or destination, and your location. Advertised speeds are indexed to a wired connection to the cable modem. WiFi should be considered a service that replaces a wire with radio waves for the sake of convenience, but it sacrifices speed and performance to achieve. WiFi speeds are better when configured for 5.8 Ghz rather than 2.4 Ghz, but WiFi is shared with all other WiFi-enabled networks and devices in the vicinity— not just your own devices in your home—so speeds can be substantially slower than a wired connection.
Here are some tips to help you get a better experience from your BELD broadband connection:
Which cable modem? We recommend you use a BELD-supplied DOCSIS 3.0 WiFi modem/router combo, or you can use your own compatible cable modem and/or router. BELD Broadband uses a DOCSIS 3.0 standard. You’ll need a DOCSIS 3.0-capable modem to access speeds above 20 Mbps.
Check your WiFi. For best results make sure your equipment is in a high location, and that there aren’t large objects blocking the WiFi signal. Also, make sure devices like microwave ovens or portable phones aren’t causing interference. Here are some home networking tips that may come in handy if you want to configure your own equipment.
Troubleshoot your devices. Sometimes powering your modem off and then on again can fix many connection problems. You can also schedule downloads and other bandwidth-heavy tasks to occur during off-peak times. Check to see how many devices are accessing your connection at the same time— you may need to limit how many are using the net during times of peak traffic.