There are several factors to consider when choosing an internet service provider for gaming. The number of people in your household, the speed you want for gaming, and how much data caps matter to you should all be taken into consideration before signing up with a new ISP. For this list, we’re focusing on the top ISPs that have made our cut for those interested in a quality home connection.
All the ISPs listed below have a fiber optic infrastructure and they all meet our standards for download speed and consistency. Although cable internet speeds are becoming more common, we’re only going with ISP’s that use fiber optics as their main source of connectivity. So let’s jump right into it.
Spectrum is a great internet service provider for gamers who want a low price tag and reliability. And Spectrum has a maximum download speed of 300Mbps and an upload speed of 15 Mbps. Their plans are also fairly competitive when it comes to pricing, especially if you’re looking for bundled services such as TV or phone. They offer 100% coverage in most areas around the US which makes them a top choice in our book. They also provide their own gaming router that can prioritize your gaming data across your network but the rent is high. However, if you buy your own modem router combo for spectrum that cost is lessened to only the price of your equipment.
All in all, Spectrum makes it into our list for not only having fiber optics but also offering great speeds at a low price. At $44.99 you can’t beat their internet services when compared to other ISP’s that use a slower DSL speed connection.
The verizon is another fiber optic ISP with high speeds and low latency along with affordable pricing plans for both new and existing customers. So, verizon Fios has a maximum download speed of 940Mbps across most locations and an upload speed of 35 Mbps. Not only is Fios a great choice for gamers, but Verizon offers their services at a low price and almost 100% coverage in the US. For those interested in bundling, Fios has TV and phone plans available to reduce your monthly rate even further.
The major drawback with Verizon is that they require you purchase your own router or rent one from them for $10 per month. Their routers aren’t bad by any means but we much prefer our own gaming router when it comes to playing online games and staying connected with friends and teammates during sessions. And although they do have good speeds and reliability, Fios isn’t quite as consistent when compared to Spectrum or other top ISP’s on this list such as AT&T.
AT&T U-Verse is a fiber optic ISP with speeds capable of handling multiple devices and bandwidth hogs without any problems. Their maximum download speed reaches up to 24 Mbps which makes them perfect for gamers who play multiplayer games online and stay connected with friends and teammates through Skype or Teamspeak while they’re playing. The upload speeds are less competitive at only 1Mbps but the consistency is there, unlike DSL providers, which is key when it comes to making sure your ping stays nice and low during gaming sessions. On top of that, they cover over 90% of major cities in the US so you don’t have to worry about geographical restrictions on your internet service like some other ISP’s.
But, as with most fiber optic ISP’s, the price is a bit high and you’ll need to buy your own wireless router for AT&T U-Verse. But other than those minor details and restrictions, AT&T U-Verse is a great choice for gamers who like to play multiplayer games online and enjoy staying connected with teammates through voice chat while gaming in general. And they’re fast enough that you won’t have any problems when it comes to downloading your favorite game patches or content updates.
Cox Communications is another fiber optic ISP that has speeds capable of handling multiple devices and bandwidth hogs without any noticeable slowdowns. Their maximum download speeds reach up to 100 Mbps which is perfect for gaming and staying connected with your friends while playing multiplayer games online. Like most other fiber optic ISP’s, the upload speeds aren’t as impressive but you shouldn’t have a problem with them either unless you’re really into uploading files while gaming or something similar.
But the main drawback with Cox isn’t their pricing or anything related to speed. Instead, it comes down to geographical restrictions where only select cities get access to this service so if you live in an area where it isn’t available then there’s nothing more we can do beyond letting you know it exists. If you are lucky enough to have this service available in your area, then Cox Communications is definitely one of the best internet providers for gaming that money can buy!
Comcast has been trying to market themselves as the top choice for gamers but they still have a long way to go before they can compete with other providers listed here. Don’t get us wrong, Xfinity is a good choice if you want standard speeds and aren’t worried about ping or anything related to latency. Their maximum download speed reaches up to 150 Mpbs which is capable of handling multiple devices without any noticeable slowdowns during heavy usage hours. And it also provides competitive upload speeds so you won’t have trouble staying connected with your friends through Skype or Teamspeak while playing (provided you live in an area where this service exists that is).
But the problem with Xfinity comes down to geographical restrictions like most other ISP’s on this list. If you live in an area where Xfinity is available, then go for it because you won’t be disappointed with the performance or speed of this service. But if you don’t, like most other ISP’s on this list, then there are better options out there for gamers who want to experience lag-free gaming sessions during their favorite multiplayer games’ prime hours (if that’s possible).