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Choose the right internet package to stay connected at college or university

Three factors to consider when shopping for the best internet for you and your roommates

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If you’re a student, the internet is your lifeline. It connects you to everything you need, including friends, family, entertainment and resources necessary for your studies. It’s your portal to almost everything. So it needs to be fast, reliable and affordable. Consider these three key factors as you start shopping for your home internet package for the school year.

1. How many people/devices will be connecting to the internet?

If you’re like most students, you’re probably sharing a place with three or four roommates, and chances are many of you will often be hopping online at the same time. That means you need plenty of bandwidth – enough for between five and 10 devices to be connected at any given time, including laptops, cell phones, tablets, speakers and gaming consoles. If you’re lucky enough to be living on your own, you can scale back and assume that up to three devices will be connected simultaneously.

2. What will you use it for?

Understanding your monthly usage is key to figuring out the most efficient package. If you only use your home internet for checking email, social media updates, the occasional movie and a bit of Web surfing, then you probably don’t need to go all out on usage. However, if you or your roommates intend to watch HD or 4K movies often, stream loads of music, download massive game files for PCs and consoles and love to facetime with friends and family, then you’re best off with an internet package that offers unlimited usage.

3. What’s your budget?

You don’t have unlimited resources, and neither do your roommates. The good news, though, is that the more people you live with, the further your dollar goes. By splitting the cost of internet among housemates, you can get a lot more bang for your buck. You can share unlimited usage and blazing-quick speeds for a fraction of what you’d need to spend on your own. Making sure your household has enough speed for everything and everyone is key.

Doing your homework upfront to find the right internet provider will pay off every time you’re online. Consider this: Rogers has been awarded Canada’s fastest internet by Speedtest for three years running and was just recognized as Canada’s fastest internet service provider1 for 2017 by PCMag.com2. Keeping all of this in mind, here’s a cheat sheet of Rogers Ignite internet packages suitable for students with different needs.

The first tier, Rogers Ignite 75, is ideal for two or three individual users. You can comfortably stream 4K content on up to three devices at the same time, so visiting friends can connect without slowing you down. The best part? Download HD movies in under six minutes3. Ignite 75 comes with download speeds up to 75 Mbps4 and 500 GB per month of usage, so you can comfortably watch hours of video every night.

The next tier, Rogers Ignite 150u, is a good bet for smaller groups of housemates, say three or four. You’ll be able to stream 4K content on up to six devices simultaneously, and with download speeds of up to 150 Mbps4, you can grab an HD movie off the Web in less than three minutes3. Plus, it has unlimited data, which means you can stream as much as you want without ever worrying about overages.

For those living in larger groups (five or more), Rogers Ignite Gigabit is the answer. With download speeds of up to 1 Gbps4 – the fastest Rogers internet yet – you can download an HD movie in as little as 30 seconds3. Or stream 4K content, including sports, TV shows, movies and games on 10 different devices at the same time. And with no limits on usage, your whole house can be online as much as they like. Just remember to use some of that time for studying.

To learn more about these and other Rogers Ignite internet packages, click here.

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1Based on Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence data for Q1 2015 to Q2 2017.

2A trademark of Ziff Davis, LLC. Used under licence. Reprinted with permission. © 2017 Ziff Davis, LLC. All rights reserved.

3Based on a 3-GB movie file downloaded with a wired Ethernet connection, assuming optimal network conditions and compatible modem; may vary with your configuration, internet traffic, server, computer, equipment and other factors.

4Speeds may vary with internet traffic, server gateway/router, computer (quality, location in the home, software and applications installed), home wiring, home network and other factors. An Ethernet/wired connection and at least one additional wired or wireless connection are required to reach maximum download speeds of up to 1 Gbps for Rogers Ignite Gigabit Internet. See the Acceptable Use Policy at rogers.com/terms.