How Much Internet Speed Do I Need?
Internet speed is measured by how fast data is transmitted from the World Wide Web to your home computer or mobile device. It is measured in units called megabits per second, or Mbps.
Beware that not all speeds are created equal. For instance, many internet service providers may have extraordinary download speeds but their upload speeds are abysmal.
Sometimes you may get confused choosing between bandwidth and speed. Here is the difference
Bandwidth Vs speed: what’s the difference?
Internet providers frequently use the terms “bandwidth” and “speed” interchangeably. In fact, there is a subtle difference between them.
- Bandwidth: the maximum amount of data that can be transmitted over an Internet connection, as measured in Megabits per second (Mbps).
- Speed: the rate at which data can be downloaded (or uploaded) to a given device using that Internet connection, also measured in Megabits per second.
The amount of speed or bandwidth you need will vary widely depending on the size of your household, number of users, intended activities, and etc. The best way to find out exactly how much bandwidth you need to subscribe to is to enter your household details into the bandwidth calculator tool at the top of this page.
What Factors Determine the Internet Speed I Need?
Speed tests like these measure the Mbps transmission of data from a server on the World Wide Web to your computer or device.
Speed tests are widely available across the internet and they can help you identify the speeds you are currently receiving. Our speed tool, however, is much more than a standard speed test. Through a series of questions, we’ll assess what your current household internet usage is and based on that information, we’ll make recommendations about the speeds you actually need. It may be more or less than what you’re currently receiving, and it’ll give you some idea of how to strike a balance between affordability and speed. Nobody wants to pay for speeds they don’t really use.
Here are just a few factors our tool considers when providing recommendations about your ideal connection speed:
Number of Users
We factor in how many users in your home might be on the internet utilizing different devices at one time. This is a primary factor in determining what internet speeds you’ll need at the point of peak usage. We want to assess when you use the internet the most because that will determine the maximum speeds you might need to ensure an enjoyable internet experience without lag or latency issues.
Types of Activities
Some activities eat up bandwidth more than others. Streaming video in HD is certainly one of them. The speed tool takes into account how you use your internet speeds and allows for additional bandwidth to accommodate the activities you enjoy the most.
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube
HD (1080p):5 Mbps
Ultra HD (4k):25 Mbps
PS4, Xbox, PC
Downloading large files
HD movies, Torrents
Patterns of Use
You’re downstairs watching the game in HD and the kids are busy gaming, watching Netflix, and chatting online. Estimating the speeds needed to support all those activities simultaneously is going to be a little more complex. That’s why the tool helps identify what your peak usage looks like so you can select a provider and a package whose speeds won’t lag behind your needs. A recent Doloitte Digital Democracy Survey reported that more than 90% of people multi-task while watching TV or streaming video so the focus on simultaneous use is an important factor in determining speed.
Today’s average household has a myriad of devices that utilize the internet, including smart appliances. The speed tool asks you to consider all the items in your home that might be tapping into your bandwidth. These include:
LCD, LED, HD and more
TiVo, Hopper, Genie, etc.
Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Wii U
Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
Nest, SmartFridge, and more
What does the Speed Tool Tell ?
A speed tool is going to estimate the maximum speed you would need to accommodate all the people, activities, and devices being used simultaneously in your home during the time of peak internet usage. We’ll assess your needs based on the following questions:
- What is the maximum number of devices that could be using the internet in your home at the same time?
- During your busiest hour of internet usage, how many devices would be streaming video at once?
- How many devices might be downloading large files or torrents?
- How many devices in your home would be playing games? (PS4, Xbox, PC, etc.)
- How many devices would be browsing the internet, using social media, or checking email at the same time? (Facebook, Gmail, etc.)
- How many devices might be conducting video calls? (Skype, Facetime, etc.)
We’ll take that data, crunch the numbers, and determine the optimal speed for you along with recommendations for providers in your area that offer the internet speeds you need. Since internet providers are organized by zip code, you’ll be asked to enter yours so we can provide the best answer based on your household internet usage and the speeds available near you. You’re one step closer to getting your ideal internet package at a price you can afford.
After you have understood the factors, you can log on to so many sites that can give you free calculations, some links appended below.
Calculating Internet Speed Requirements
The bandwidth calculator is a simple tool that allows you to determine which internet speed is best for your business. Consider the number of employees that you have and select the number of devices that will be engaged in each web-based activity to calculate your ideal speed.of their ability.