02/10/2021 | BYPOR Alex Miller

How much internet speed do you need?

If you use the internet (if you are reading this blog, you surely use it), probably the speed of your connection is one of your basic concerns. Surfing the web, watching series on Netflix or videos on YouTube, and logging into Facebook requires a certain amount of bandwidth to function properly. So how much speed do you really need to do everything you love online

The speed of your internet depends a lot on the amount of bandwidth you have at any given moment. The term “broadband” refers to the volume of information per unit of time that an Internet connection can sustain. Think of a highway: some are 10 lanes, while others are one lane; But the bigger the lane, the more vehicles can fit in it and the faster they can go without slowing down traffic. However, at certain times of the day (such as rush hour), many cars finish the road and traffic slows down (such as when many people have several devices connected to the same Internet signal at the same time). But at other times, like 4 in the morning, there may be few cars on the road,

So how much bandwidth do you really need to do your favorite activities? The reality is that it may not be as much as you thought: many of them require less than 10 Mbps, see:

  • Check your mailor surf the web: 1 Mbps
  • Play music via streaming: 2 Mbps
  • Play video games: 1 to 3 Mbps (for most games)
  • Video calls: 1 to 4 Mbps
  • Standard definition video streaming: 3 to 4 Mbps
  • High Definition Video Streaming: 5 to 8 Mbps

So why would you need more than 10 Mbps? For your gadgets ! The more you have connected, the more bandwidth they will occupy together. For example, if someone in your house is playing a video game (1-3 Mbps) and someone else is watching Netflix in high definition (5-8 Mbps), then you will need around 11 Mbps for everyone to be happy. And since the average home today has five devices connected at once, it’s easy to see how useful it is to have a higher speed connection.

The general rule of thumb among ISPs like Viasat is that 5-10 Mbps is an adequate speed for browsing and checking email, but also for occasionally watching a few videos and playing online with a few connected devices. If your usage habits are more intense, you may need between 10 and 25 Mbps. Contact us to find out about our satellite Internet plans and decide which one is the best for you.