Friday, October 19, 2018

Do you really need that Internet speed?

Comcast is trying to sell you on their 200-500Mbps Internet speeds and the homeowner is not aware that this speed is overkill.

  • 5 Mbps or less: Basic Web surfing and email
  • 5–10 Mbps: Web surfing and email, with occasional streaming and online gaming, shared among a few connected devices
  • 10–25 Mbps: Moderate high-definition (HD) streaming, online gaming, and downloading files, shared among several connected devices
  • 25–40 Mbps: Heavy HD streaming, online gaming, and downloading, with many connected devices
  • 40+ Mbps: Hardcore streaming, online gaming, and downloading, with a large number of connected devices

Many businesses only need 50Mbps to run a company of 100 employees, so why do you need over 100Mbps? You don’t.

If you take a look at Netflix’s website, this is what they recommend for streaming their video.

  • 0.5 Megabits per second - Required broadband connection speed
  • 1.5 Megabits per second - Recommended broadband connection speed
  • 3.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for SD quality
  • 5.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for HD quality
  • 25 Megabits per second - Recommended for Ultra HD quality

Not every TV in your home is going to need or view 4k/UHD content, and any smaller size tablet won't need that kind of high resolution.

Your internet provider won’t be able to handle the bandwidth that 8k UHD video content requires until they gave a backbone of fiber to each home. Currently, only 25% of the homes in America gave access to fiber. There is no need to do purchase a large plan at this time. I would recommend 50 for family if 2 and another 25 for every other occupant in the home.

Here are some great websites for calculating the speed that you and your family will need for all of your Internet usage:

Take a look at the current speed of your home Internet with these useful tools:

Some tech, some not. 62 jobs in 40 years.

Raised in Maine Stocked shelves with Shaklee vitamins for my parents in-home company. They earned a ’81 Ford Thunderbird. $3 / hour incom...