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Internet speed: How Much Internet Speed do I Need?

Natalie Fleeman By Natalie Fleeman on 3/15/16 5:22 PM

In today’s age of megabits, gigabits, terabits and more, it’s hard to know how much speed you need when it comes to using the Internet.

Many people struggle when trying to determine what speed they need for their home or business. You don’t want to pay for more than you need, but you also don’t want to wait on the buffering spinning ball of agony every time you jump online.

The best way to determine your Internet speed is to understand how you use your Internet connection.

Determining how much Internet speed you need is a straightforward calculation, but it involves many factors. You need to consider the total number of Internet users, the various online activities they engage in, the bandwidth necessary for those activities and how many of those users will be using the Internet simultaneously. Lastly, you’ll want to think about all the other devices in your home or business that connect to the Internet and how they use those connections, such as TV receivers, gaming consoles, smart appliances, cell phones, tablets and more.

The accompanying infographic shows recommended Internet speeds based on what activities you wish to do, as well as, a an example of how much Internet speed an average family may need in their home. The below infographic shows what large entertainment providers like Netflix, YouTube, Skype, Hulu, Spotify and Amazon recommend when it comes to streaming or downloading videos. 

Want to find out what speed you need according to variables within your household? Click here to do your 'MegaMath'.

Not sure what Internet speed you have now? No problem. Click here to run a speed test.

Our goal is to help our customers connect with their activities at the right speed for the best experience. Knowing who is using the Internet in your home or business—and what it’s being used for—is the first step to discovering the ideal speed for you.

 

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Topics: Technology, How much Internet speed do I need

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