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Home Internet Cheat Sheet: Where to Find Answers to Your Broadband Questions

Let's be honest: Finding the right broadband plan can be tricky. Let CNET guide you to everything you need to make the best choice for your home.

Trey Paul Senior Editor
Trey Paul is a CNET senior editor covering broadband. His 20+ years of experience as a writer and editor include time at CNET's sister site, Allconnect, and working with clients like Yahoo!, Google, The New York Times and Choice Hotels. An avid movie fan, Trey's career also includes being a film and TV critic while pursuing a degree in New York.
Expertise Home internet and broadband, including plans, providers, internet speeds and connection types. Movies and film studies. Credentials
  • Master's degree in Cinema Studies from NYU and interviews with Conan O'Brien, Stan Lee and some of his biggest Star Trek childhood idols
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If you're fortunate enough to live in an area with multiple internet service providers, you face a tough choice: Which ISP will give you the best home internet connection for the greatest value? How can you connect to Wi-Fi for free while trying to decide?

Whether using the internet for work, school or play, broadband is becoming a utility on par with electricity and water. Here at CNET, we've put together a cheat sheet full of our expert advice. We help answer your most pressing home internet questions, from in-depth looks at undersea broadband cables to the latest information on the Affordable Connectivity Program.

How should I choose an internet provider?

Picking an internet service provider isn't easy, especially these days when you have more options -- hello, 5G fixed wireless -- than ever before. CNET has taken the time to review the top ISPs in the country to help level the playing field for you. We can help you cut through the clutter to determine the right provider for you and what plans best fit your household's needs.

Locating local internet providers

Where should I look for a Wi-Fi router? 

Once you've decided on an ISP, consider choosing a router. We've tested dozens of routers over the last few years and can help you find what you're looking for -- whether it's a Wi-Fi 6 router, a mesh router system, a gaming router or a Wi-Fi extender system.

How can I cut costs on internet bills?

Saving money is top of mind for most of us. Just as we might scrutinize how often we leave the lights on when trying to lower our electricity bill, we can explore ways to save a little money on our broadband service. Whether investing in a router or learning to better manage your data caps, we have suggestions to help you save.

Locating local internet providers

Are there ways to speed up my Wi-Fi?

We all want to get the most out of what we pay for. But even if we're subscribing to our provider's fastest plan, we may not feel the effects of those zippy download speeds in our Wi-Fi. Here are some avenues to explore to see if your ISP is to blame or your setup could be better maximized. 

Can I troubleshoot internet issues myself?

One way to save money (and time) is to learn how to diagnose problems independently without calling in professionals. We've got you covered, whether you're battling choppy video calls or simply trying to avoid the fee that comes with a technician visit. 

How do I keep my Wi-Fi secure?

You might be well versed in spotting phishing scams but not as tuned into the dangers posed to your household's wireless broadband connections. Let CNET get you up to speed. 

What else should I know about home internet?

Whether you're researching the best providers for unlimited data, the best ISPs in Los Angeles or trying to track down how fast broadband speed really is, you can count on CNET to get you the content you need.