What is HyperLink High-Speed Internet & is it right for me?
EarthLink now offers HyperLink High-Speed Internet with connection speeds up to 45 Mbps. This high speed internet option is just another internet service EarthLink offers like cable internet, satellite internet, DSL internet, freestanding DSL internet, and dial-up internet. You may be wondering where HyperLink Internet service is available. It’s available across 21 states in the continental U.S. but not necessarily in all areas, so you’ll need to check on that to be sure. And just like the service, the speeds range from 1.5 Mbps to 45 Mbps by area as well. If it happens that HyperLink is not available in your area, you may still qualify for other EarthLink High Speed Internet services.
So let’s take a look at the HyperLink High-Speed Internet service. Will you need equipment installed? Yes, an EarthLink specific modem with Wi-Fi is necessary and is part of the installation. You will not be able to use a modem if you already own one, EarthLink has to provide it. The wireless dual-band 802.11ac router that EarthLink uses supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. The installation must be completed by a professional and the fee is currently $39.95. An additional modem fee of either $4.95 per month or a one-time fee of $74.95 is required. A 12 month contract is required for service with an early termination fee of up to $200. EarthLink may also charge extra for taxes, certain fees, shipping and handling, and additional equipment if necessary.
HyperLink is fast, with variable speeds.
As stated above, HyperLink offers a wide range of speeds from 1.5 Mbps to 45 Mbps. With HyperLink High Speed Internet access you’ll use the swift connection to get more done. With the fastest connection (45 Mbps), you could download 10 songs in 9 seconds or download a one hour TV show in 56 seconds. You’ll also realize other time-saving benefits when gaming online, downloading software, performing online research, or simply shopping. HyperLink provides the supercharged speed required to keep up with your technology demands.
Besides the obvious page load speeds that you’ll notice, with a 6.0 Mbps you could download 48 digital photos in 1 minute. That would take you about 1 hr. 40 minutes using standard 56K dial-up. And HyperLink is 30X faster than DSL so you’ll also realize the same time-sensitive benefits from downloading music or new software, online gaming, surfing the web or shopping. Plus you can do things like set up a home network and share a single high-speed connection on all your computers and devices to save money on your mobile data plans with Wi-Fi. You’ll also have a better experience streaming and watching online videos and movies from sources like Netflix, since speed is what matters when you’re streaming movies. See for yourself, check out this Netflix speed recommendation chart indicating how much speed you need for common activities.
Here are some comparisons for how much faster it is compared to a standard 56K dial-up connection:
- 3 Mbps ― 55x faster than dial-up
- 6 Mbps ― 100x faster than dial-up
- 7 Mbps ― 125x faster than dial-up
- 10 Mbps ― 175x faster than dial-up
- 15 Mbps ― 250x faster than dial-up
- 20 Mbps ― 350x faster than dial-up
Determine Your Internet Activity & the Speed You Actually Need
Internet speeds are measured by ISPs (Internet Service Providers) in terms of megabits per second (Mbps), and the impact on the quality of your Internet connection can range from moderate to severe when talking about the difference in Mbps. While most ISPs provide a range of speeds to fit the needs of consumers, it would make sense for you to figure out first what types of speed you will need.
Below is a generic list of common Internet speeds. But before that, it’s important to understand the unpredictable nature of Internet speed fluctuations. A few you can control and some are uncontrollable. The number of connected devices in the home for instance can be controlled. However with kids it’s unlikely you’ll be able to monitor how often they’re connected and what they’re up to. Online gaming for hours, social media, or streaming Netflix.
And then comes the uncontrollable like time of day, distance, and Wi-Fi signal strength. Time of day is a huge factor when experiencing latency issues. Generally around 7–8 p.m. when everyone is online you start seeing speed issues with the internet depending on the amount of use occurring as it routes data through your neighborhood hub. With distance, technology limits how much data can be transmitted at once.
- 5 Mbps or less: Web surfing, email, steaming music, & video calls (Skype & Facetime)
- 5–10 Mbps: Web surfing and email, limited HD (1080p) video streaming and online gaming
- 10–25 Mbps: Ultra HD (4K) & HD (1080p) video streaming, online gaming, and downloading files on multiple devices
- 25–40 Mbps: HD video streaming, online gaming, and heavy downloading among multiple devices
- 40+ Mbps: Video streaming, online gaming, and downloading large files (HD movies), on multiple connected devices
For a more in-depth measure on the maximum speed you’ll need to adjust for the separate variable like number of people, online activities, and devices in use during peak hours of internet use, this is a great speed tool to help you out.
HyperLink Internet and Apple TV
EarthLink is running a special offer with HyperLink service. Receive an Apple TV when you sign-up for a HyperLink Internet plan. The Apple TV device will be shipped to you directly from Apple approximately 5–7 days after the HyperLink equipment has been installed and your first monthly invoice has been paid in full. The 32 GB, 4th generation Apple TV includes Siri Remote (compatible with 4G Apple TV), Power cord, and USB Cable. If you cancel within your Term Commitment, early termination fees (up to $200) will apply and EarthLink requires you to ship your Apple TV Device to EarthLink.
With HyperLink and Apple TV your entertainment is going to change. You can access your online entertainment through Apple TV, all your streaming favorites like Netflix®, Apple Music® and games. Plus, Apps allow you to customize your TV for personal or shared content. And it’s all powered by a HyperLink High-Speed Internet connection that provides you with unlimited data caps and reliable service that will provide an excellent Apple TV viewing experience. Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion. Apple TV and Apple Music are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
Year after year, EarthLink has been recognized for the overall quality of our Internet services and our outstanding customer support, winning Best ISP awards, #1 ratings, Readers’ Choice Awards, and other highest rankings from industry experts and consumers alike. So if you’re looking for a great alternative in high-speed internet, with a range in speeds and great service, HyperLink may be your option.