Why Upload Speed Matters

The future of the internet is sharing―from capturing Instagram-worthy meals to enjoying video chats with friends―and Race’s unmatched upload speeds make that future a reality.

Upload speed is also crucial when taking classes from home, or while operating a home business. Here are a just few ways that fast, reliable upload speeds make your life easier:

  1. Video chat and live sharing

Skype, FaceTime, and other video messaging services all require robust upstream connections to ensure clear audiovisual quality and to prevent freezing and blackouts. Sharing big news on Facebook or Instagram Live also works better with greater upload speed.

  1. Working or going to school from home

You need a robust upstream connection to interact with colleagues during video conferences, collaborate on team projects, and share important files. Online studies also can tax your upstream connection, especially if you join a virtual classroom or share large portfolios.

  1. Keeping family, friends, and followers in the loop

Upload new videos to YouTube or share photographs with Flickr faster with a better upstream connection.

  1. Faster data backups and online file synching

If you back up your data with a service like Backblaze or Carbonite, you need upload speed that meets basic requirements to ensure your data is protected quickly and without glitches. File and photo synching services like Dropbox, Google Photos, and Microsoft OneDrive all require a minimum of 5 Mbps upload speed to operate properly, and the more upload capacity available, the faster these services can sync and share files.

  1. Online gaming, remote security and much more…

From online gaming to connected security systems that send real-time images through an internet connection, a fast upload connection is key to ensuring all your interactive online activities function well.

If you’re not already a Race customer with Gigabit service, check the availability of your address at www.race.com/order. If service is not available to you, fill out the inquiry form to let us know you are interested and increase the chances of Race building a network in your area.

Five Smart Devices That Can Save You Money

When you’re connected to fast and reliable internet from Race, the “smart home of the future” instantly becomes a reality. Here are a few of our favorite devices on the market that can save you money and make yours the smartest home on the block.

  1. Third Generation Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest’s newest thermostat takes being a smart device seriously. The Nest Learning Thermostat can turn down the temperature at night to ensure a good night’s sleep, boost the temperature during the morning and evening for cozy family time, and stabilize the temperature during the day to keep your bill under control. The device can even track your whereabouts in the house and adjust the heating and air conditioning accordingly, so you spend less to climate control unoccupied areas of your home.

  1. Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensing Switch

These smart switches employ “XCT Sensing Technology” that detects fine motion. If you’re in the room reading, typing, or watching TV, the smart switch will keep your lights active. Leave the room and the lights will switch off until you enter again, ensuring you don’t waste electricity and money on an empty room.

  1. My Smart Blinds

These smart blinds provide two levels of intelligence to manage privacy and energy in your home. The blinds are app-controlled, allowing you to open and close them from your phone or tablet. Turn the blinds to “Energy Saving Mode,” and they’ll sense the light coming through the windows and automatically close when the windows heat up, saving money on energy bills that can skyrocket in the sunny summer months.

  1. Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller

This smart irrigation controller features an easy-to-navigate app that indicates yard zones and types of foliage to provide maximum control over how and when your yard is watered. The device also adapts to the needs of your yard, drawing on weather data, seasonal trends, plant and soil varieties, and sun exposure by zone to tailor the most effective and energy-efficient watering solution.

  1. EvaDrop Smart Shower

The makers of the EvaDrop Smart Shower claim it can save up to 50% on water bills. The system uses a sensor to modify water flow based on your location in the shower. If you step away to condition your hair or shave, the device will automatically reduce the water flow until you move closer to rinse off. The app will even track your water usage and quantify your savings.


Why You Should Ditch DSL and Cable for Fiber

Not all internet options are created equal. All it takes is one missed virtual meeting or one lagging video game to realize that your current internet speeds may not be sufficient. If you aren’t happy with your current speeds, you may want to look into other options. But which service is best for you? Let’s explore the speed, reliability, and bandwidth of the three major service delivery options—landline telephone line (DSL), cable TV line (cable), and fiber-optic line (fiber)—to understand why fiber is the clear choice for today’s citizens of the internet.

Internet Speed

Fiber-optic broadband, which uses glass, offers faster internet speeds over greater distances than its copper-based competitors such as DSL and cable. “Fiber to the Home” (FTTH) internet service providers (ISP) boast gigabit-level speeds up into the 100–1,000 Mbps range—several times faster than the maximum offered by its counterparts. Comparatively, DSL speeds max out at about 45 Mbps, while cable hits top speed at 300 Mbps. While that may sound like more than you’ll ever need, the capacity and speed of cable and DSL fluctuate during times of demand, which can leave you lagging when you have a pressing deadline or virtual meeting to attend.

Internet Reliability

Simply put, if reliability is important to you, choose fiber. DSL and cable experience significant slowdowns during peak hours and during extreme weather conditions such as drastic temperature changes and flooding. Fiber alone withstands all of these conditions, including the heave usage of peak hours. Keep in mind that unplanned downtime adds a serious cost to both your productivity and bottom line.

Internet Usage

Don’t make the mistake of underestimating your internet usage. The reality of technology advancements is that most of us are now high-capacity users. How many desktops, laptops, tablets, phones, and gaming systems are competing for bandwidth in your home? Do you stream Netflix or Hulu or videos on YouTube? Do you play video games or games on your phone? Do you have a security system or a video doorbell monitor that requires internet connection to function? What about a home assistant device? Even smart appliances like washers, dryers, and refrigerators usually need an internet connection. As we get more connected, a lightning-fast internet connection becomes increasingly important.

Ready to make the switch to fiber? Contact Race today!