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Cox Internet vs 5G Home Internet

What is 5G home internet? Simply put, 5G stands for the fifth generation. The fifth generation of what? The fifth generation of wireless data networks. You're probably most familiar with hearing 5G used to describe better mobile communications and speedier phones. You're not wrong: 5G networks, which use different radio frequencies than previous generations, aim to provide faster data speeds with much less lag or delay than we had with 4G.*

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Cox Internet offers a high-speed, wired connection delivered to your home through an underground, fiber-based network. These cables come from outside into a box or modem in your home. From there, most people attach a WIFI router, which takes the wired internet connection and makes it wireless by creating a local WIFI network for your devices (smartphones, tablets, computers, game consoles, etc.) to access.

Home broadband internet can provide reliable download and upload speeds that are perfect for online gaming, streaming, and video calls. Cox Internet, now with multi-GIG speeds powered by fiber, currently ranges up to one GIG per second (Gbps) for most users. 5G Home Internet

First, 5G stands for “fifth generation” and indicates the most recent version of cellular technology. 5G, a cellular technology, is totally distinct from 5 GHz (a setting you might see on your WIFI router) and 5 Gbps (5 gigabits per second, which is an internet speed).

Although 5G is a mobile/cellular technology, it can also be used to deliver internet service to your home. You’ll see this being marketed as 5G home internet, 5G broadband internet or mobile broadband. In this case, cell towers transmit data across miles to an antenna attached to a modem/router in your home. From there, your devices typically connect via local WIFI, in a similar way to WIFI with home broadband.

Home Broadband versus 5G Home Internet Fiber-based broadband internet remains the better option for most people due to speed and reliability. Speed: 5G home internet speeds can vary depending on network and environmental conditions. Average real-world speeds for 5G home internet currently range from 50 Mbps to 150 Mbps. Cox Internet offers more consistent, higher speeds (up to 1 Gbps and up to 2 Gbps in select areas), making it ideal for activities such as online gaming, video conferencing, streaming videos, and staying connected to loved ones.

Reliability: Cox Internet has faster and more reliable download speeds than 5G Home Internet providers like T-Mobile Home Internet. Since it uses a wired connection until it reaches your home, there isn’t much interference from trees, buildings, weather, etc., so you can enjoy consistent speeds throughout your day. By contrast, 5G home internet relies on over-the-air, cellular transmission all the way to your home and can be affected by obstacles and weather along the way.

*Description of 5G Internet from CNET

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