Breaking the Internet Speed Barrier

Some fast choices for going around the web
How fast does “fast” really go these days when it comes to broadband internet? Bear in mind that there are a quite a few really fast internet mediums out there that will fit everyone, and each with its own characteristics, strengths and conditions. They also are accessed through computers, smartphones, mobiles or tablets, connecting through different means.

These connection formats were designed to not only provide high speed broadband internet, but also provide it in their own peculiar ways. As they differ in format and varying speed, so do they differ as well in delivery and performance, depending on a few factors.

With that said, let’s take a look at what high-speed online connections options are available, and how they go about their business for certain connections and conditions.

Top Five High Speed Internet Formats

ADSL – using existing phone lines, ADSL or Naked DSL (without phone line rental services, strictly broadband internet only) can provide pretty fast internet, especially ISP’s with reliable connections and those living within the coverage area. ADSL can pretty much hit up to 5 to 10 Mbps depending on the connection and settings. This is one of the most commonly used household / residential broadband services.

Cable – usually sponsored by Cable TV companies, high speed internet via Cable is also a good format for fast online services. Barring both a congested network and the peak usage times, Cable can reach up to 30Mbps in optimal conditions, allowing for very fast downloads and uploads, although a few factors can affect its speed and bandwidth. It is often bundled with a Cable TV service for two services in one connection.

Fibre / NBN – This is the new standard of ultra-fast internet. However, it is currently on an expansion phase as copper lines are continuously being replaced and connected to the network. This means that coverage is strictly limited for now, with nearby NBN stations the best source, as it can only cover territories within the exact coverage area, with finished National Broadband Network lines installed. It is also offered in bundles, more popularly with VoIP or a voice over internet protocol service.

With either a fibre to the home or fixed wireless, fiber will deliver speeds of up to 100Mbps, and support quality broadband connections for uninterrupted streaming or Internet TV, downloads and uploads, teleconferencing, seamless online gaming and big online networks.

Wireless – With the proliferation of 3G and 4G LTE, broadband wireless is an exclusive speed contender for the mobile crowd. With many smartphones and mobile phones in use everywhere, strong and far reaching wireless networks using radio technology are supplying fast broadband mobile connections to high end phones that run every day for gaming, communications, online mobile internet access and other telecommunications via mobile. It can reach of speeds up to 5.8Mbps in optimal settings. An ISP can offer bundles for new mobiles or smartphones on a locked in period with wireless internet service.

Satellite – This format may not be as popular as these four other fast formats, but satellite is a powerhouse connection that can offer speeds of up to 10-50Mbps, depending on how updated the connection is, how strong the signal is and the total coverage area. It mainly relies on radio waves that pass through the network from the satellite to the gateways.

4G LTE – is it what it’s all cracked up to be?

Living and browsing in the high speed mobile world
High speed internet access and reliable mobile connectivity is recognised these days as the standard service for all smartphone, mobile phone and handheld gadget users who want the most out of their usage. In optimal conditions, it provides outstanding speed and reliability while on the go. 4G is currently the widely used format for most smartphones with a demanding high speed connection.

Previous high speed standards such as 3G have achieved this so far, however, higher levels of high speed access have been achieved in the form of the 4G and soon (in development) the 5G as well, ever increasing the speed limits of what global users are accustomed to, and providing the optimum in high speed, broadband internet access. There are some things to consider in order to optimise this technology and reap its benefits for a more powerful and stellar mobile and smartphone performance.

The road to the 4G summit
What sets the 4G apart from other connections is the global speed requirement of at least 300 Mbps, especially for most on the go, mobile access. This is supposed to be the maximum theoretical speed that can be reached, a higher threshold from the 3G connections used before.

In all actuality, this actual  “speed” threshold is regularly around half or more than half of this theoretical maximum speed limit, achievable in the most perfect of conditions; meaning it is the highest possible optimum speed level to achieve with a perfect 4G connection. It remains as the ceiling speed that can be attained, not as a concrete standard, but more of a highest capacity level threshold to shoot for, but not necessarily reached.

For the 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) high speed mobile broadband access, the data ceiling is the same, and is also the highest speed level among all networks. Since it is the highest level involved, using the 4G network presents significantly higher quality of service for both on the go broadband access and network connectivity.

What 4G can actually do, plus other things to consider…
For one, 4G especially benefits mobile users with exceptionally high data usage rates, i.e. those who use a lot of streaming media, high data downloads and uploads, high data browsing, online gaming and similar online activities. It avoids data throttling as well by using advanced technology to match the high speed mobile internet access to ensure smooth data flow.

If the connection is fast and powerful enough, the 4G connection in the phone can be configured to also serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot to provide access to other devices by interconnecting them into a smaller mini-network. However, it is advisable to gauge the level of usage and how many other devices can be connected without significantly cutting down on the access among the users involved. With this, data as well as phone call quality is improved, avoiding interference and making sure volume and call quality are both at its optimal levels.

However, to ensure effectivity and getting what is actually offered, we have to keep in mind that the rollout for 4G services is currently ongoing, and it is not a hugely widespread service yet like many other high speed online connections. For one, there are only a few existing networks operating them in full, and the coverage area might be limited to just a particular location, and lessens as it becomes farther from the central point from where the main signal is broadcast.

This connection relies on wireless radio technology and the signal plus coverage area might be limited in availability, depending on the strength of the signal and how far reaching the network claims. It is heavily dependent on these two main factors. Other factors include interferences and other network access disturbances or interruptions. In many cases, it is also important to follow certain restrictions on the tablet, smartphone or mobile using it, and it is the user’s responsibility as well to make sure it uses software and operating systems that are compatible for 4G LTE usage.

Although smartphone technology such as MIMO (Multiple Input and Multiple Output) can help improve speed and bandwidth, not all mobiles are equipped with it, and not all LTE connections are strong enough to guarantee fast and reliable connections when used with this capability. It will help, but in most cases it is advised to check local networks and do some pre-research to ensure effectivity. Some pre-testing and recommendations from other users in the same area can help gauge the quality level of the LTE service in these particular areas. LTE is still on the way to becoming a standard, and it will continue to improve as the number of networks and systems expand and improve their radio transmitting conglomerate.

How bundles can help you?

Thinking of buying a bundle that fits the budget? In order to determine what best suits for each person, we have to do some preliminary checks. For a fitting bundle, check what basic needs are needed, and what could be added to it to complete or enhance the monthly service. This is by knowing daily usage and what type of connection perfectly suits the single home or household.

We also have to know what devices are mainly used for broadband internet, and if there are any other additional devices used for access, such as tablets, smartphones, mobiles and home phones. Are there any needed additional connections that can be included in the bundle? Or is it just for a basic bundle that covers everything?

Weighing options…
Some important things to consider: the service coverage area, the terms and conditions and any other fine print details, such as those that refer to locked in periods, requirements and other crucial information. These are important to make sure the subscription package deal plan is understood and suits the need and the budget, and also delivers quality service without any issues.

Some bundles only support one main connection, plus a secondary one on a smartphone, tablet or modem. Other plans include a home phone or VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). Others are plans with a new mobile phone or tablet or other gadgets. There are many options and combinations to choose from, and what follows are some basic bundles and what to expect from them.

With phones – Internet services are usually bundled with internet phones via VoIP that cuts costs, since it practically puts phone bills and internet bills into one package deal service and does away with the traditional phone line. It may or may not include broadband access for additional gadgets or mobiles.

Two connections in one – for users that have computers and macs, plus a smartphone or mobile as an extra, a bundle is offered for two high speed internet services in one. Sometimes, this comes with a bonus gadget, device or a new phone as well, and might be set in a locked in period.

A New Handheld / Gadget / Mobile – brand new gadgets and phones such as Samsung Galaxy, iPhone, HTC and many others are offered in installment monthly payments with an accompanying internet plan, and usually set in a locked in period. The prices are competitive and subscribers get accompanying mobile broadband access along with a brand new phone or handheld device.

Unlimited offers – recommended for households with extensive internet needs, or for the single user or subscriber with heavy online access, the unlimited bundle can come in a variety of bundles, paring the service with a new computer, laptop, tablet, phone or other offers. It may or may not be set in a locked in period as well.

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A Different kind of Internet TV

Even more entertainment on Internet TV
We have so many options today for recreation and entertainment on TV that it’s practically impossible to experience all of them. Local network and satellite TV are the formats that are usually available at most homes and workplaces. Although most are limited to these two main TV sources, some users with high speed broadband internet connect their TV’s online and subscribe to get exclusive and non-scheduled content from Internet TV networks. It’s also another world of onscreen entertainment full of fun options.

Internet TV provides exclusive content and other conveniences much different from our usual television access. These are passed through Internet TV boxes that can access awesome web content, unlisted streams and other forms of internet multimedia, some of which are also from favorite standard TV networks, such as episode sets of favorite shows. Best of all, Internet TV does not follow a schedule, so depending on the type of internet connection and subscription, customers have a 24/7 access to great content such as streaming videos and movies all the time.

Always available content
The main types of content on Internet TV networks are TV series and episodes already available as a set or as anytime “on-demand” viewing, so there’s not normally a restrictive TV schedule, and the content is available anytime. Episodes are streamed from servers and don’t necessarily follow any strict settings from Cable TV or network TV stations. This means users find awesome TV shows and series available from many online hubs, servers and other networks at times that suit them.

Major TV networks also offer these in their internet TV services in the same way for viewing content at convenient times. Set times and schedules are not followed for this type of content, and viewers can choose an array of episodes available as streams, or downloads in some cases. Sometimes the content may have an expiry date. The material is loaded direct to the TV via the internet TV box or gadget on a fast online connection. The other material is streaming multimedia from a wide range of sources such as websites (including YouTube and all streaming websites), media hubs, local servers and other online sources.

The content is varied for Internet TV – and can include documentaries, drama series, sitcom episodes, recently aired programmes, telemovies, period dramas, reruns of classic and cult television, past shows, current affairs, streaming media from different websites (who also have exclusive content of their own), educational TV for kids, news, panel shows, reality shows, cooking and instructional videos, recent films, classic movies and also bonus content and exclusive material not shown on public networks and cable TV.

Three important components
The main set-up that provides the service for Internet TV are: the TV or monitor screen used for viewing, the Internet TV box (with remote control) and the high speed broadband connection connected to the Internet TV box – any form that delivers optimum online connections such as ADSL, Cable, and for some, NBN or the National Broadband Network. Some service providers will even package the service into a bundle that includes the TV top, the broadband connection plus an extra option item such as a TV, phone or mobile/smartphone bundle or a similar service package deal.

The TV set generally has to at least deliver resolutions of up to 720 and up, as most Internet TV service have high resolution settings at 1080 HD video streams. The online connection must be able to keep up to provide a steady stream of data and information without interruption, lags or fallouts, in this case popular formats include ADSL, Cable or NBN and any ultra-fast internet. The specifics have to be known ahead of time, and the connection tested and measured to ensure seamless service, as well as the correct data connections, such as a power over Ethernet cable.

Which Internet TV box to use is the consumer’s choice, and should be checked to see if it meets the demands and delivers popular content that’s heavily followed and favorite. While there are some major top box sets for sale out there, some can be supplied or put into a bundle as well by an internet service provider so everyone can easily get Internet TV and broadband needed to access Internet TV.

Top Five Fun things to do on a smartphone

More cool stuff to do
Who said that smartphones and mobile phones are just for calling, texting and using or playing apps and games? Virtually anyone with a good smartphone, plus maybe a cool app and a fast internet connection and an add-on outside device linked to a phone via an app can do some really awesome functions. And yes, including some of those burgeoning and still-unheard of and unused by many already using it every day. We count the ways…

Solving a Rubik’s cube – although officially a human by the name of Mats Valk from Belgium has the fastest Rubik’s cube solution at 5.55 seconds, that distinction is still owned by a smartphone-led system called Cubestormer. Using a Samsung Galaxy II “brain” and Lego parts enhanced by machines, it beats all human competitors at a mere 3.253 seconds, proving that an ordinary smartphone has brains and speed that can accomplish advanced extraordinary feats despite being a commonly used item in many devices and systems today.

Unless a new Rubik’s cube champion (a human this time) emerges with something much faster, everyone is in genuflection in front of the Cubestormer’s feet, in mighty praise of its innate speed and calculating smarts, ironically even if humans also coded and invented the speed monster all along.

Being an all-around purity tester – equipped with an add-on device, that mobile or smartphone can break down and analyse virtually any type of substance to test for its purity and safety and to know the main components of that solid or liquid. It pays to know just how pure a given substance is and its toxicity levels, especially when dealing with unknown items. It also doubles as a fun science project, too.

MyDx is an app that can do this with its add-on partner device. This would definitely help people test for food, water and chemicals to ensure complete safety, not to mention also test air purity to detect unseen compounds, poisons and harmful chemicals hidden away and other health hazards before any further steps are taken. This is an invaluable tool to check elements in an area, test water sources, know all details of food, edibles and all substances and also make sure the environment in a specific area is safe.

Future instances of this app plus maybe a broadband connection can also make it possible to send and analyse these findings with qualified chemists, doctors or experts to know more facts, get advice or perhaps share in a discovery or a chemical breakthrough.

Top secret thorough surveillance – It might be old news to some, but seriously, higher level surveillance is now available on the smartphone. Best of all, this technology allows the person being spied on to not have a clue that he is the subject of a thorough surveillance. Just using the smartphone normally is enough. Mspy is just one of these, which uses powerful apps in a preloaded phone that watches in the background with no telltale signs.

Main elements tracked are location, activities, all messages and calls, apps used, terms searched online, emails, social media activity, locations and places visited, mapping, conversations and other directly involved activities on the smartphone.

Of course, with the advent of other technology that is bound to the phone as add-ons or as controlled devices through apps, extraneous devices such as drones, smart watches, can now add other surveillance information that is as important as other main surveillance points.

Drone remote control – Apps today now have tie-ins to the wonderful world of drones, and now, any smartphone can become an instant remote control to navigate drones. Using two or more related apps, it can function as an airborne spy dog, delivery carrier, surveillance gadget and filming aide, most especially for those that involve high altitude activities or on top of a scene or situation. Many apps now use the smartphone as default / makeshift remote control with even some real time video and audio for complete monitoring. And these apps and their actions are becoming more advanced, more refined and super accurate as it continues to be used and upgraded.

Underwater Photography – The line of waterproof cameras with decent cameras has also given rise to underwater photography, although for now, it is limited to upper and mid-level areas, due to water pressure and other factors. If most smartphone shots are selfies, models, hobby items, food, scene locations, hot events or shows and other now common subjects of photos, we now have a different category possible.

But in general, these two main capabilities of being water proof with having a high resolution camera are all that’s needed to explore this type of photography. These are available in many smartphones, and aspiring photographers can go underwater to take artistic shots, marine life spottings, fun vacation photographic documents, or just simply to feature what lies beyond the great vastness of the oceans, or any interesting water forms out there.

Five future scenarios with the Cloud

Looking forward to its future technology
The Cloud has so far enabled us many great conveniences: eliminate physical storage, build larger,  better networks and advance our telecommunication capabilities. It also provides secure data storage and networks.

With technology backing its continued advancements, we are close to making some ideas into functioning technology for the future. Some of these may not stay as ideas any longer. We have to take a look at future applications that are slowly shaping up.

A World Database – With further advancements in Cloud technology, eventually it will be possible to create a World Database – a digital archive and storage and repository of files, blueprints, history, medical and technological research, life experiences and many other important information related to the progress and advancement of mankind in many important fields.

Since we’ll be able to create and maintain perpetual clouds unaffected by time, these will help future generations, with this database serving as a complete reference and historical information hub. Since it will be for public access, it can easily be explored through any broadband or high speed internet connections, and may also be in mobile format for mobiles and smartphones.

It can also hold the digital versions of original artifacts and items, for the original physical copies to be stored safely for safekeeping, leaving digital versions for complete reference. These formats could be in 3D, hologram or on a simulated graphics app in an interface.

Global network remote access – Since Cloud technology continues to expand and process more and more information, it will be possible to interlink Cloud systems for communication and to remote-control networks, systems and devices from a distance. Individuals connected on the network can use it to network all gadgets, equipment and even vehicles used in daily life.

With any reliable broadband or other high speed internet or even NBN, a seamlessly connected network can be set up to enable global remote control of synced devices, computers and phones. This will also involve linking the cloud network to devices, smartphones, computers, home systems and other possible items. It can also be linked with VoIP or voice over internet phone systems to add communications and remote viewing into the network.

This will allow for example, a couple on vacation abroad to take care of their homes or monitor it with a smartphone. It can allow monitoring and security from different locations in one hub all in one laptop. A manager can easily check global factories or shops, process orders or have items checked and delivered by using the cloud network in the other area and controlling it from elsewhere. It can also be an alternative to global video conferencing, and can even make it more interactive as well.

Alternate Realities on each Cloud – by using the concept of a cloud as an exclusive network, we can apply it to a virtual reality project that can be developed to exist as alternate realities. These would be using virtual reality apps, programs and devices that are inside the Cloud network, to create a fully interactive digital world that can be used for education and for showing other distant realms, planets or galaxies even. Reliable high speed broadband or NBN can provide seamless access to avoid lags or fallouts. These could be used in conjunction with other devices that can map distant areas or those recreated from the past. New worlds can be constructed for training, exploration and accurate simulations.

Super Advanced VR Gaming Hubs – in creating virtual reality worlds, gaming will be one of the first to benefit this technology aside from the simulation and educational applications. With the arrival of the Oculus Rift VR headset plus accompanying hand based control gadgets, interactive online gaming and can be taken into new worlds in HD VR. Other devices such as smartphones, computers and digital cameras can be interlinked and used with the VR system and placed in a Cloud for an independent network VR gaming environment stored in a Cloud. It’s like visiting a virtual world inside a computer for gaming, effectively transporting gamers into fun, exciting game worlds, offering a much different and fully immersive physical gaming, from the usual TV and console (or computer) gaming set-up.

Global Interlinked Broadband Networks – Developing these Clouds and expanding them into global networks is also very possible. This network building can be used to provide broadband or NBN access or networking with same the speed as the region or area. Currently, smaller networks within regions in a country or region exist in an exclusive network, and over time, it can be developed to a national level. All that needs to follow is the bridging of countries and areas to eventually form a global interlinked cloud network that can also serve a number of uses, both on a national and global scale. This will provide uniform, high speed internet connections and a huge network that can be used to enhanced telecommunications as well.

Top Five Things that NBN will deliver

Superfast internet does have its benefits
For the past two years, the NBN or National Broadband Network has provided some of the fastest known working broadband internet connections. It continues to branch out to other areas, replacing old copper line networks with high-speed, fibre-optic connections. Fibre to the Home is the most common type, and is specifically used for residential connections. It provides high speed services and entertainment far beyond the usual residential broadband can deliver or match.

As more residences and businesses sign up on the fastest broadband network of all, the overall speed and quality that was once unattainable has now become standard. It also comes with some awesome capabilities we can expect see more of as it’s use becomes far and widespread. Here are some of them.

Faster Home Networks – a household with a normal broadband connection when compared to a household with fibre optic internet technology are two very disparate homes. Everything will be accomplished in five times the speed, from normal communications, VoIP or voice over the internet phone calls, remote controlling the house from a different location, to even sending a video message from half the world away. The household network becomes a more efficient and powerful hub that meets family broadband needs in lightning speed.

High Quality, streaming HDTV – Those with HDTV box services or hook up their computers to an HDTV now enjoy High Definition movies, series episodes, videos and online documentaries without any interruptions or lags on their streams direct to the TV. NBN more than makes up for delivering the stream in high quality HD like watching real time TV and in crystal clear resolution. Very soon, blue ray quality viewing will also become the norm, connecting viewers to the best and fastest loaded movies and videos online. This also applies to video, audio or multimedia applications, enabling ultra-fast, real time HD viewing.

Teleconferencing – lags, buffer times and interruptions are now a thing of the past for those who use VoIP, video teleconferencing and video calling. They can now be easily set up and accommodate a number of participants on a voice-over-internet-phone connection with video and digicams set-up without worrying about anyone of the participants falling out of the meeting, adding efficiency and productivity with this reliable connection. Even high speed broadband connections experience a few issues with this technology, and the NBN is the best solution.

Database transfers- a huge database that is more than the average hard drive of several hundreds or even thousands of gigs can be a huge problem to transfer, especially over usual broadband internet connections that can be unreliable and much much slower.

Now, with incredible speeds of fibre-optic technology, huge data transfers are super manageable and take five to even ten times the speed of ordinary uploads and downloads and direct file and copy transfers, especially for recipient computers, drives or networks. Cloud server uploads and access for example is more streamlined and will not experience any delay issues anymore.

Seamless Online Gaming – speaking of huge interconnected networks, the kind also in use with complex online gaming networks and competitions, this higher level of broadband internet enables graphics and gameplay intensive networks online to interact flawlessly and seamlessly, eliminating gaming lags and delay issues to deliver real-time gaming like never before. Very soon, other higher level gaming in 3D Virtual Reality will also benefit from its top shelf, top level speed.

Accessing the elusive VPN

Understanding how its system works
The Virtual Private Network or VPN is widely used today especially for businesses and corporations with huge networks and storage. It exists on a tightly walled and invisible area but is very much accessible. It services the company exclusively with its own network, internet access and data storage, but can be used outside work as well, preferably on a broadband online connection.

VPN uses the concept of a separate independent network and storage area for retrieving highly confidential and important information and files. Although it is hidden from public connections, this enclosed hub is directly accessible through it as well. It essentially acts as a secure cloud that can be accessed anywhere, anytime.

Why go VPN?
Widely used but not a popular choice, the VPN or Virtual Private Network is suitable for any organisation running a huge network and database, but cannot be stored anywhere, but in the company’s own system only. It has been used for handling company files, sites with secure online payments, VoIP or voice over the internet phone, online broadband networks and for huge databases and archiving.

Despite the exclusive static location of this network, it remains an all open full access area that is available anytime with the right portal access only. The VPN can be accessed through any preferred high speed or broadband access or connection, even on NBN, and provides a reliable networking and data hub.

The VPN is a separate network like the cloud, and performs the same way, with higher security involved. The network has a connection to the public access network online and uses this as a bridge for authorised users from the company to open their files, programs and apps from the invisible network, from say, their laptops or home computers or even smartphones and mobiles (with limited options).

The bridge is the actual connection, but no other individuals or organisations have access to it since there is only one portal with deep encryption. It is also closed and invisible to public use as well. The structure is similar to a cloud service except that no third party is involved here. There is also local encryption involved from the company or organisation who owns and maintains it.

The Issue of VPN Security
VPN is not only used by companies and such, online businesses also use it for high security SSL or Secure Sockets Layer systems for online payments. Anything that uses credit cards, Paypal and other electronic payments use this system for added security and encryption of customer data. Other companies involved with a high speed and broadband connection also use it for networking with VoIP or voice over the internet phone, among others. It is a more reliable network in some cases for these functions.

With this, the issue of security is taken care of by protecting the data through encryption and other tight security software. In the event that someone is able to break through and hack, the information is in packets and is still encrypted, ensuring no information can be taken from it for double security. This works for both stationary devices (personal computers or macs) and all compatible portables (smartphones and mobile that have been configured). Other companies use their VPN with added security options, such as combination of VPN tunneling with Security Gateways, which prevent high level intrusion and hacking.

How to get the most out of an internet bundle

A basic guide for maximising your connection
Internet services have two options: a plain plan that only provides the service, with one main speed per each type of broadband connection. The other is a bundle or package deal service that has an extra thing or two – it is offered with a bundle to add extra value, provide a device along with the connection or offer two similar services in one package. These bundles usually have a special price and can save money for the customer, especially if it’s perfectly suiting, and according to how it’s used.

Internet service bundles available today are peppered with so many options to help the customer get a perfect plan that suits them and also fits their budget. This is important in order to get the most out of a plan or bundle. A short basic guide follows to help make sure the plan fits well and works well.

Identifying the bundle specifics
When getting a bundle, it is important to know the details of the deal, if there is a locked in period or contract, how long the plans are and more importantly, the coverage area. Some areas are not suitable or reliable for some specific connections, and might not work optimally for some customers. This is to ensure the connection is good and reliable before getting into it. This can be checked or inquired ahead of time with the companies offering it in the vicinity.

Main types of connection to choose from for broadband and high speed internet are cable, ADSL, NBN and Wi-Fi. The most commonly bundled broadband service is usually these formats. There are also other less popular connections, depending on availability: T1, satellite, 4G LTE among others, but some of these are used strictly for high speed mobile access or for businesses and large networks, and might be limited in coverage areas.

There are also a few types of bundles to consider here: with phones (home phone or mobile / smartphone plan), with a handheld gadget or tablet or Wi-Fi device or router. Check which one is most applicable, or if the pay plan gadget is really needed, depending if a new phone or device is necessary and fits the budget. Other options include a home phone and a VoIP or voice over internet phone service as the bundle extra.

Individual use or family / household use: for both, it is necessary to check how much data is actually needed or used in a billing cycle, as some plans have levels of data that might meet the needs of the user or users and can be cheaper, and save money in the long run. If the usage is always beyond the given data packages, that’s the time unlimited deals become the best option, however it is usually more expensive than limited plans.

There are bundles with set or limited data packages, designed for those with limited or minimal monthly internet use, mostly for emails and low-data online activities. It is important to know how much is used, to determine if a bigger plan, an unlimited plan or a set plan is applicable. This can often spell the difference and save money.

Another thing to check is the type of usage: stationary, mobile or combination of both. This will determine if the customer would want to put the service to a smartphone or mobile as the main connection or if a computer at home will need it more. It also determines if there will be two similar connections needed for two different devices.

Yes you can do your own DIY Websites

Skills preferably required, but not necessary
The world of websites isn’t really limited to experienced web designers and creators only. Basic web tools and pre-made but highly customisable templates are freely available, and help people get their stuff online.

People access sites and pages everywhere these days – not just on computers. Through broadband and Wi-Fi, tablets, smartphones and mobile phones are now also involved in the online game. They help people expand from basic social media, email and multimedia and help produce other quality sites and pages.

Making online presence felt has always been available and free, but these days, it has improved a lot for common folk to use and develop on their own. There are also tie-ups and links that benefit the beginner to intermediate level independent website creators out there.

Everything is already online, just add some extras…
Those do it yourself website things back in the late nineties (geocities, angelfire, etc.) are not much different compared to the instant sites we have today; some of them were also free and easy to set up to begin with. The only difference today is much better graphics and layout and more dynamic content. They are basically the same: a choice of templates, with color and background options and places in it where stuff can be posted and also modified. Except now, we have even more options to explore with, and even money generating schemes, if done right.

Although owning prime real estate online (i.e. dynamic and fully working whole websites) involve some money, there are simpler, template based basic ones that can be had for free, with basic layout and design. Yes, it still pays to know coding and web design and to have skills in creating great, dynamic sites that pull people and also generate hits for advertising and linking. But these fully working whole sites are best left for the upper level: companies, brands, professionals and those that have major presence on the World Wide Web.

For individuals that want their own sites for personal, hobby or indie-level business needs, everything is possible online, just add some basic smarts and limitless imagination to create visit-worthy sites and for free too. People can start by creating accounts on free basic web building sites online, or use wordpress, blogspot or any other blog generators out there. Although these are just basic sites, the level of customisation allows for a lot of personalised parts. Most of them can also be used with code, either from programmers and actual web designers and web developers, as well as the code generated from website making apps which are easy to use.

A great layout and eye catching aesthetics are possible using these free sites. Basic color, fonts and frame combinations can be used effectively. After this, well-chosen images and content follow, in order to make simple but awesome webpages. Also, a lot of imagination, ingenuity and web smarts help a great deal will go a long way.

Some important things to keep in mind
Aside from these ready-made templates that we can customise and add content on, we also have simplified programs that lets users layout a website as it actually appears online, often without generating a code or html code from scratch. In this case, it’s the other way around. It lets users with no knowledge or experience to use a graphics layout program to create a pages and “layout” the site per page, which then generates a simplified code. Programs such as Dreamweaver CC lets individuals create in this manner, and a whole package includes a Cloud server for uploading pages and content in one easy to use app.

The design must be tweaked further until ready for publishing, and must abide by basic internet “laws” or courtesies. Material must be safe from minors, and not espouse anything offensive or illegal. Final versions must follow these basics and have worthy content. As it develops over time, interlinking and exchanges with other sites can happen, and for those that build up bigger followings online can help monetise their creation by dealing with advertising. There are several levels – from ad-clicks, link exchanges, hit generation and many other ways, and generate money to support the site and the creator as well.

Since we are now in an age where there are several formats online and many ways to access pages, we have to take them into consideration. As mentioned, web access from handheld gadgets and devices like smartphones, mobiles and tablets are highly involved and must fit their format as well. Some sites are to be optimised to make sure they appear and load properly on smartphones and mobile phones. Others might take a while to load and will be proper for those only on broadband and high speed internet. Those that load with flash, heavy multimedia, animation or with streaming audio or multimedia are much preferred for users on a fast speed / broadband internet connections like ADSL, Cable or even NBN.