Home & Residential Internet Services
EarthLink knows how important your home internet service is — it’s how you stay connected to everything from work to school to loved ones. We’ll find you the right connection, so you get the internet you need without overpaying for what you won’t use. That’s why we’re committed to transparent pricing and no unnecessary bundling. Oh, and EarthLink can service more than 75% of homes in 48 states, so chances are we can meet you where you are.
Depending on how you use the internet and where you live, the best connection type will vary. So how do you know what to get? EarthLink has four different options for residential internet for your home — that’s why we can serve you best.
Types of Home Internet
EarthLink offers four types of home internet service. So, whatever you need, we’ve probably got you covered.
EarthLink Fiber Internet
Why do you want fiber internet from EarthLink? The fastest speeds with no data caps and maximum reliability.
Fiber is the future of the internet. It’s made up of tiny glass strands that send your data at the speed of light — literally. It’s made for streaming, gaming, working, and scrolling social media (even all at once).
With EarthLink Fiber Internet, you don’t have to worry about data caps. That means you can watch movies, play online games, and video chat to your heart’s content without worrying about speed throttling. The one drawback to fiber home internet? It’s not available everywhere — yet.
With prices starting at $49.95 and speeds up to 1 Gig, what’s not to love?
EarthLink Wireless Home Internet
Why do you want Wireless Home Internet from EarthLink? Faster speeds than your cell phone’s hotspot, wide availability, and easy installation.
EarthLink Wireless Home Internet is on the cutting edge of making internet more accessible to everyone — especially in underserved and rural areas. By using nearby cell towers to connect to a gateway inside your home, you receive an internet connection that’s faster (and can support more devices) than your cell phone’s hotspot.
Cell phone towers are plentiful throughout most of the U.S., so Wireless Home can be too. Plus, you won’t have to wait for internet service providers to run cables to your home. You can even get 5G speeds depending on where you live.
And it doesn’t require professional installation (or hefty equipment fees) like satellite does, so it’s more affordable and has shorter lag times than satellite internet.
EarthLink DSL Internet
Why do you want DSL internet from EarthLink? It’s a reliable, dedicated connection to meet essential internet needs — without internet data caps.
DSL internet is a reliable, affordable residential internet choice that’s more available than many other types of service because it uses existing infrastructure.
DSL uses the phone lines to your home to provide a dedicated connection and speeds up to 15 Mbps. EarthLink DSL internet never has data caps — so there’s no limit to what you can do online.
EarthLink Satellite Internet
Why do you want satellite internet from EarthLink? It’s a dependable choice for rural internet with a variety of plans to fit your needs.
Satellite internet is a well-known rural internet option. EarthLink Satellite Internet, powered by Viasat, is good for homes that don’t have access to cable or fiber internet. It’s even more widely available than DSL internet and uses a dish that’s installed on (or near) your home to send and receive information from a satellite in space. Cool, right?
EarthLink Satellite Internet offers download speeds up to 100 Mbps, so you can stream, play video games, and run up to five smart devices at a time. However, it can also struggle with longer lag times and that can make it difficult to participate in things like video calls or even competitive live gaming.
How to Choose the Right Type of Home Internet
So, you know the four types of home internet service. How do you choose the right connection for you? There are two ways to approach this.
First, use our serviceability check or chat with one of our Internet Experts at 866-383-3080. When you talk with our Internet Experts, you’ll get personalized advice about what plan is the best fit for your needs based on what’s available for your home address.
Or ask yourself a few quick questions to get a feel for what plan is right for you:
- How many devices does your household use? If you have one or two devices and occasionally stream, 25 Mbps might be enough. If your household has five different devices and likes to stream entertainment or play games online, 100 Mbps or more might be the better fit. If you’re more of a techie – or are working remotely – and want to be able to work online, videoconference, rapidly stream, and more, you might be better suited to 500 Mbps. Curious what you have right now? Take our internet speed test.
- How much data do you use in a month? Some types of residential internet have data caps, a restriction of how much information you can send and receive online. Things like streaming use more data than surfing the web, and streaming in 4K uses more data than streaming in SD. You should be able to find your data usage on your monthly statement
- Find out what’s available near you. Once you’ve got an idea of the type of internet you’re looking for, check out what’s available at your address. You can use our serviceability check or call us directly at 866-383-3080.
Considering Internet Stability, Latency, and Speed
You want your home internet connection to always be working, whether you’re streaming a movie with the family, doing homework, or researching for a work presentation. That’s why it’s important to consider how stable your internet connection will be — along with the latency and speed.
Think of stability as how dependable your internet connection is, and how consistent the speeds are. A wired connection is the most stable — and, taking it a step further, using an ethernet cable will give you more consistent speeds than your WiFi network.
Having stable internet also reduces your latency, or delay. Latency is most noticeable when you’re playing fast-paced, online games or video chatting. Think frozen co-workers and a lot of “can you see my screen” questions on your presentation. It can make your speeds feel slower, when it’s just a delay between what you’re doing and what data has been sent.
So, what does that mean for your home internet service? When you do the math, fiber wins.
It’s the most stable connection, has the lowest latency, and offers the fastest speeds. From there, things get slightly more complicated.
Wireless home internet offers relatively high speeds and lower latency than other types of wireless internet but can be less reliable depending on where you are in relation to the closest cell towers.
DSL internet is extremely reliable and has a low latency but has slower speeds than either fiber internet or wireless home internet.
And finally, satellite internet can offer speeds comparable to a cable connection, but it has to send and receive signals from another satellite in space, making the connection more prone to disruptions and higher lag times.
Whatever is available, don’t worry: we’ll find you the best EarthLink home internet service.
See What Residential Internet Options Are Offered Near Me
Ready to get started with EarthLink Home Internet? Use our tool to find out what’s available at your address or call one of our Internet Experts at 866-383-3080.