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Finding the best Wi-Fi provider in your area is easy when you use HighSpeedInternet.com. We’ve done the hard work for you by compiling a database of over 1,200 Wi-Fi providers and their plans so you can quickly compare options. Just enter your zip code to see exactly which Wi-Fi providers and plans are available in your area.

After that, you can compare each available provider by internet type, speed, customer reviews, and more. If you want to dig into our research further, check out our annual customer satisfaction survey to see which Wi-Fi providers come out on top in terms of overall satisfaction, speed, reliability, and more.

What are the best Wi-Fi providers?

The best Wi-Fi providers depend on where you live. Not all internet providers will be available to you. Instead, you’ll see only the Wi-Fi providers that offer internet in your zip code when you use our tool.

For example, you’ll likely see a cable internet provider, a DSL internet provider, and two satellite internet providers. Of the three, cable internet is typically your fastest Wi-Fi connection.

But if you see a fiber internet provider listed in your area, go with that instead. Fiber offers the fastest Wi-Fi speeds and the best reliability, but its availability is fairly limited.

ProviderCustomer rating*Max download speedInternet typeGet it
Xfinity3.7/53,000 MbpsCable, fiberView Plans
AT&T 3.8/55,000 MbpsFiber, DSL
Spectrum3.7/51,000 Mbps°CableView Plans
Verizon Home Internet 3.9/5Up to 940 MbpsFiber, DSL
Google Fiber N/A2,000 MbpsFiber
WOW!N/A1,000 MbpsCableView Plans
Optimum3.7/5940 MbpsCable, fiberView Plans
CenturyLink3.4/5940 MbpsFiber, DSLView Plans
Xtream Powered by Mediacom3.8/51,000 MbpsCableView Plans
EarthLink4.1/51,000 MbpsFiber, DSLView Plans
WindstreamN/A1,000 MbpsFiber, DSLView Plans
Astound Broadband3.8/5940 MbpsFiber, cableView Plans
Cox Communications3.8/51,000 MbpsCableView Plans
FrontierN/A2,000 MbpsFiber, DSLView Plans
Optimum3.8/5940 MbpsCableView Plans
Sparklight3.8/51,000 MbpsCableView Plans
HughesNet N/A25 MbpsSatellite
Viasat N/A100 MbpsSatellite

Types of internet technologies nationwide


79%
get DSL

86%
get Cable

8%
get Fiber

100%
get Satellite

Other provider types:
5G | Mobile Wireless | Fixed Wireless | Wi-Fi

How to find the best Wi-Fi provider in your area

To find the best Wi-Fi provider in your area, enter your zip code in our tool to see what’s available to you. Here’s what you need to know about each provider type so you can decide which type of Wi-Fi provider is best for you.

Overall, EarthLink ranked in the top spot in our annual customer satisfaction survey. It was our best performer in overall satisfaction, speed satisfaction, reliability, price, and customer service. If you want a Wi-Fi provider that checks all the right boxes, EarthLink is the way to go.

AT&T and Verizon Home Internet also had high marks in our survey, both of which offer DSL and fiber connections. Xfinity didn’t rank so well in terms of customer satisfaction, but it’s one of the more widely available Wi-Fi providers and has the fastest speed you can get (outside of Google Fiber ). Spectrum covers a broader area but keeps its cable internet options short and sweet.

Best fiber Wi-Fi providers

ProviderBest forSpeedsGet it
AT&T Promotional dealsUp to 100–5,000 Mbps
CenturyLinkValueUp to 940 MbpsView Plans
Google Fiber SpeedUp to 1,000–2,000 Mbps
Verizon Home Internet OptionsUp to 200–940 Mbps

Fiber internet is the best and fastest connection you can get, with speeds up to 10,000 Mbps. Fiber uses light rather than electricity to send and receive data, making it more reliable. Plus, fiber offers equal upload and download speeds, but its availability is very limited—you’re lucky if it’s in your area.

If fiber internet isn’t in your area, cable internet is your next best Wi-Fi option.

Best cable Wi-Fi providers

ProviderBest forSpeedsGet it
Cox CommunicationsVarietyUp to 25–1,000 MbpsView Plans
OptimumReliabilityUp to 100–940 MbpsView Plans
SpectrumPackage simplicityUp to 200–1,000 Mbps (wireless speeds may varyView Plans
XfinitySpeedUp to 50–3,000 MbpsView Plans

Modern cable internet uses a mixture of fiber and cable TV lines, so it’s widely available and easy to find. The main drawback with cable is that download speeds currently don’t go beyond 1,200 Mbps due to how cable internet providers distribute bandwidth across their networks. Upload speeds are typically just a fraction of a plan’s maximum download speed.

If fiber or cable isn’t in your area, your next best landline Wi-Fi option is DSL internet.

Best DSL Wi-Fi providers

ProviderBest forSpeedsGet it
AT&T Promotional dealsUp to 75–100 Mbps
CenturyLinkValueUp to 100 MbpsView Plans
EarthLinkCustomer satisfactionUp to 3–45 MbpsView Plans
FrontierAvailabilityUp to 25 MbpsView Plans

DSL internet uses existing telephone lines and is the slowest of the three, delivering speeds up to 100 Mbps. It’s a good alternative if you don’t need the speed of fiber and cable—it may even be your only landline connection, especially in rural areas. However, DSL plans are typically more expensive than comparable fiber and cable internet plans.

If you don’t have a landline internet connection in your area, wireless internet is your only solution.

Best rural Wi-Fi providers

ProviderBest forSpeedsGet it
AT&T Promotional dealsUp to 25 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite alternativeUp to 15–75 Mbps
T-MobileSimplicityUp to 115 MbpsView Plans
Verizon Home Internet SpeedUp to 300–1,000 Mbps
Viasat VarietyUp to 12–100 Mbps

A fixed wireless internet connection is your best bet if you live within range of a cell tower—it supports 4G LTE and 5G cellular connections. If you’re not within range, satellite internet from Viasat or HughesNet is the only Wi-Fi connection you can get.

See which Wi-Fi providers are available in your area by entering your zip code below.

Which Wi-Fi provider has the cheapest internet?

Mediacom has an incredibly affordable plan that costs $19.99 per month for 60 Mbps. Suddenlink isn’t too shabby either, with a 100 Mbps plan for $24.99 per month, and AT&T offers something similar using fiber.

Frontier wins the megabit-per-dollar trophy with its 500 Mbps fiber plan for $49.99 per month. See our guide on the best cheap internet plans for more details.

ProviderPlan's maximum speedTypeGet itGet it
AT&T 300 MbpsFiber$55.00/mo. for 12 mos.*
CenturyLinkUp to 100 MbpsDSL$50.00/mo.†View Plans
Cox Communications25 MbpsCable$29.99/mo.‡View Plans
Frontier500 MbpsFiber$49.99/mo.§View Plans
Frontier100 MbpsCable$19.99/mo.||View Plans
Optimum300 MbpsCable, fiber$29.99/mo.#View Plans
SpectrumUp to 200 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary)Cable$49.99/mo. for 12 mos.**View Plans
Optimum100 MbpsCable. fiber$29.99/mo.††View Plans
Verizon Home Internet 300 MbpsFiber$39.99/mo.‡‡
WOW!100 MbpsCable$19.99/mo.§§View Plans
Xfinity50 MbpsCAble$25.00/mo. ||||View Plans

What are the best deals on Wi-Fi?

Internet providers frequently offer promotions as an incentive to sign up for their services. Be sure to check our Best Internet Deals page for the latest. Here are three to get you started:

ProviderDealTypeGet it
AT&T Get AT&T Internet 300, which gives you 300 Mbps speeds for just $55 per month.Fiber
SpectrumGet a free, 90-day trial of Peacock Premium when you sign up for a qualifying internet plan.CableGet the Deal
FrontierYou'll get $5 off your monthly bill when you set up online autopay.DSLGet the Deal

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Which Wi-Fi providers are available where you live?

Wi-Fi provider availability depends on where you live. The fastest way to find out which Wi-Fi providers are available to you is by entering your zip code in our tool. The typical zip code search result will list several Wi-Fi providers offering different types of connections. The most common are cable and DSL, while fiber internet is relatively new and less abundant.

Wi-Fi provider availability also depends on your physical address. For instance, fiber may be accessible in your zip code but not on your street. You’ll need to supply your address to the fiber internet provider—or make a call to customer service—to see when it will become available to you.

To find out which Wi-Fi providers are in your area, enter your zip code below.

What is the fastest available Wi-Fi in my area?

The fastest available Wi-Fi service depends on where you live.

Fiber is the fastest Wi-Fi connection you can get, with residential internet speeds up to 10,000 Mbps. Fiber also provides symmetrical speeds, meaning your upload and download speeds are nearly identical.

Several small internet providers offer fiber plans that reach up to 10,000 Mbps—Advanced Stream and Brigham.net are two examples—so consider yourself lucky if one pops up in your search results. AT&T is currently the only nationwide provider with a 5,000 Mbps fiber plan, followed by Xfinity (3,000 Mbps) and Google Fiber (2,000 Mbps).

How does your home network compare to your plan’s max speed?

To find out, connect a wired computer to the modem, run our speed test, and compare the numbers. Rerun the test using mobile devices connected to your router to see how their speeds differ from wired connections.

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What are the Wi-Fi provider ratings and reviews?

We conduct an annual customer satisfaction survey asking questions about each Wi-Fi provider. We publish the results of five categories: overall satisfaction, speed, price, reliability, and customer support.

Our most recent survey shows that EarthLink dominated every category, followed by AT&T and Verizon Home Internet in most cases. Cox Communications also fared relatively well, but CenturyLink and Xfinity typically ranked the lowest out of 12.

You can also read reviews through our provider pages. For instance, there are 734 customer reviews on our AT&T provider page and 760 reviews on our Spectrum provider page. For more information about a specific provider, click on the provider’s name in the List of Wi-Fi providers section above.

Types of nationwide Wi-Fi service providers

DSL

A digital subscriber line (DSL) uses existing telephone cables to deliver internet. It’s the slowest land-based option with speeds of up to 110 Mbps.

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Pros

  • Affordable packages
  • Wide availability

Cons

  • Slower speeds than cable and fiber
  • Less stability the further you are from the provider’s central office

Cable

Modern cable internet uses a mixture of fiber and coaxial cables to deliver internet—the same lines used for cable TV. It’s a faster step up from DSL, providing download speeds of up to 1,200 Mbps.

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Pros

  • Wide availability
  • Download speeds up to 1,200 Mbps

Cons

  • Possible slower speeds during peak hours
  • Slower uploads than downloads

Fiber

Fiber internet uses fiber-optic cable to deliver internet. It’s the newest type of connection, so availability is scarce at this time. Fiber’s upload speeds typically match its download speeds.

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Pros

  • Equal upload and download speeds
  • Speeds up to 10,000 Mbps

Cons

  • Limited availability
  • Expensive pricing

Satellite

Satellite internet sends internet connectivity to satellites in space that retransmit the signal to a subscriber’s dish.

This connection is ideal for customers outside the reach of DSL, cable, and fiber—but the long distance translates to lower speeds and high latency.

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Pros

  • Global availability
  • Faster speeds than dial-up

Cons

  • Restricted data
  • Slower speeds than cable and fiber

4G LTE

4G LTE uses a cellular network to deliver internet connectivity to devices that support a cellular connection (phone, laptop modem, etc.). 4G speeds are slower than 5G in most cases.

4G LTE connectivity is prevalent in rural areas and with “digital nomads” who use the best hotspots.

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Pros

  • Accessibility in rural areas
  • Unlimited data plans

Cons

  • Slower speeds than 5G and wired internet
  • Unpredictable speeds

5G

Like 4G LTE, 5G uses a cellular network to deliver internet to smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and all other devices that support a cellular connection. 5G speeds are typically faster than 4G.

This 5G service is not to be confused with the other 5G technology that delivers gigabit speeds to homes using a fixed wireless connection.

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Pros

  • Faster speeds than 4G LTE
  • Unlimited data plans

Cons

  • Limited availability for now
  • Unpredictable speeds

Fixed wireless

Fixed wireless uses radio waves to send internet connectivity to an antenna mounted in or on your home. It supports 4G LTE and 5G cellular connections.

Fixed wireless is also the backbone of 5G gigabit internet, which pulls internet connectivity from small towers throughout your city. Transmissions support up to 1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps), making this connection a great alternative to cable and fiber.

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Pros

  • Speeds up to 1 Gbps
  • Latest wireless technology

Cons

  • Limited availability
  • Unpredictable speeds

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FAQ about Wi-Fi providers

What is Wi-Fi?

The terms “Wi-Fi” and “internet” have become synonymous over the years. We connect our wireless devices to the internet each day, but the two terms are technically different.

For cable and DSL, your internet connection begins at the modem. For fiber, it’s at your optical network terminal (ONT). These devices receive internet data from your provider and pass it along to a wireless router using an Ethernet cable. In turn, your router piggybacks all that data onto radio waves and broadcasts those waves as Wi-Fi to your wireless devices.

In short, the router creates your Wi-Fi network, but it can’t provide internet connectivity without a modem or ONT. Without Wi-Fi, your devices must access the internet through a wired Ethernet connection, which can get messy. Wi-Fi instead provides a convenient, tether-free internet browsing experience.

Which Wi-Fi provider has the best internet service?

EarthLink tops the charts in our annual customer satisfaction survey. It outranks the competition in overall satisfaction, speed, price, reliability, and customer service. Verizon and AT&T typically kept the second and third spots.

Cox Communications is a highly rated cable provider in our survey, especially in speed and customer satisfaction. Spectrum is also a good cable internet provider with a simplified list of options. Xfinity covers the most territory in the US and provides a wider variety of plans. However, Xfinity didn’t fare well in our survey, ranking 11th out of 12 for overall satisfaction.

How can I find Wi-Fi providers in my area?

Enter your zip code in the box below to find out what Wi-Fi plans are available in your area.

 

Can I get Wi-Fi internet without a provider?

No, there must be an internet plan and connection in place to get Wi-Fi internet in your home or office. An internet connection requires a modem or ONT to receive the internet signal from the provider and a wireless router to broadcast that connection using radio waves. This requirement applies to all scenarios, whether you’re at home, in the office, or shopping at Walmart.

However, you don’t need an internet plan when accessing public networks—just the host (like Walmart, Starbucks, and the mall). We provide a guide on how to get free and low-cost internet if you’re on a budget.

 

Is Wi-Fi internet secure?

Your home Wi-Fi internet is typically secured by default using WPA2 or WPA3. Just click or tap on the listed network and enter the password. For more information, we provide instructions on setting up a home Wi-Fi network—especially if you’re installing a router you purchased.

A public Wi-Fi network, however, can be secured or unsecured.

A secure network typically requires an agreement before signing on and may even make you create an account before use. You also need a password to use a secure Wi-Fi network.

An unsecured Wi-Fi network typically doesn’t require an agreement or password. In some cases, you may need to create an account, which provides some protection—but not on the “secured” level.

In both cases, never log in to an account when accessing a public network, as lurking eavesdroppers could quietly steal your credentials. Never automatically connect to a public network, and consider using the best virtual private network (VPN) to secure your connection better.

Want to stay safe while you surf the web?

We provide several methods on how to keep your router secure against unwanted visitors and hackers.

What are Wi-Fi standards?

A Wi-Fi standard is an established requirement for wireless connectivity. It defines what is needed, what is expected, and how those expectations are accomplished to provide a specific service. It’s important information to know while you’re shopping for a router or a wireless device, as the Wi-Fi standard defines maximum wireless speeds.

For example, the latest standard is IEEE 802.11ax, the wireless portion of the 802.11 local area network standards set. It was created and maintained by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers LAN/MAN Standards Committee but is marketed as Wi-Fi 6 by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Wi-Fi operates by sending data in streams. With Wi-Fi 6, a single stream can reach up to 1,201 Mbps per second, meaning a Wi-Fi 6 router supporting eight streams can reach up to 10 Gbps combined. By comparison, the older Wi-Fi 5 (801.11ac or Wireless AC) standard supports up to 866.7 Mbps in a single stream only, totaling nearly 7 Gbps combined in Wi-Fi 5 routers that can handle eight streams.

In addition to speeds, new standards introduce new technologies. For instance, Wi-Fi 5 added beamforming and multi-user multiple-input multiple-output (MU-MIMO) connectivity for a more stable connection. Wi-Fi 6 adds Target Wake Time (TWT) to improve device battery life, while orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) enables more data to flow simultaneously.

 

What is a good Wi-Fi speed?

A 100 Mbps internet connection is good for most people who simply want to stream a few videos, check their email, shop on Amazon, and post on social networks. Faster speeds are better if you have multiple devices streaming 4K content simultaneously, or you’re a gamer faced with large downloads.

Remember, your internet plan determines your raw speed. If you’re paying for only 100 Mbps, you won’t see faster internet speeds whether you’re wired or wireless. Your router also plays a part, as range and Wi-Fi congestion will cause speed issues on your side of the internet connection.

 

Get a Wi-Fi 6 router

Newer routers based on the Wi-Fi 6 standard can easily handle ten or more devices, depending on the model. Consult our guide on the best Wi-Fi 6 routers for more information.

Here are some examples of the speeds you need:

Media typeSpeed rangeMore info
Music streaming0.09–18.43 Mbps (per song)Find Out More
Netflix streaming0.50–25 Mbps (per video)Find Out More
Console gaming online3 Mbps at leastFind Out More

These numbers reflect a single user, so three people streaming 4K content from Netflix would use roughly 75 Mbps.

Because every customer is different, you may need more speed than others. We provide a tool so you can determine how much speed you need for residential or business scenarios.

 

Why is my Wi-Fi slow?

There are many reasons why your Wi-Fi is slow. These include the following: 

  • Website server issues
  • Traffic congestion between you and the website or service
  • Local provider network congestion issues
  • Malfunctioning equipment
  • Interference from other wireless networks
  • Not enough bandwidth

Keep in mind that wireless speeds depend on the router and devices you use. For example, your smartphone with a Wi-Fi 5 component will never reach the maximum speeds advertised with a Wi-Fi 6 router. Plus, if you’re paying for a 400 Mbps plan, your internet speed will never go beyond that number no matter what router you get.

If your Wi-Fi connection seems slower than normal, turn off the router and wait for a minute. Turn it back on, and see if the reboot helped. If not, test your connection on a wired device. Reboot the modem and the router if your wired connection is also slow.

Consult our guide on slow Wi-Fi issues due to a router or provider for more information.

 

How do I speed up my Wi-Fi?

If your Wi-Fi speed feels sluggish, you may be in dire need of a complete reboot. Do the following to see if a reboot will resolve the slowdown:

Step 1: Unplug both the modem and the router from the power outlet. This step completely powers them down and clears the system memory—just like you would with a computer.

Step 2: Plug the modem back in and wait for it to boot completely. 

Step 3: Plug the router back in and wait for it to boot completely.

Step 4: Try your internet connection on a wireless device.

If a proper reboot didn’t work, consult our guide on how to improve your Wi-Fi speed in 10 simple steps.