How Much Internet Speed Does My Home Need?
Lynxx Networks knows that every home is different. Our goal is to offer the best match of speed to your unique usage. Choosing this correctly can mean less frustration over waiting and fewer lags in downloading and that will make a happy and connected home.
Internet Speed Guidelines – Your Internet Activity Adds Up
Whether your family is using 1 or 12 devices, it’s important to make sure you have enough speed to operate them. Below are guidelines that will help you determine which internet speed is best for you. Identify the internet activities that occur simultaneously in your household. Multiply the activity by the number of devices/users engaging in each use Add all activities to calculate your ideal internet speed.
Speed recommendations are based on providing a good to great internet experience. All internet activities will work at slower internet speeds; however, you will likely experience slower response times, lags and buffering.
BASIC WEB USE – 10 Mbps per User
-Including email, basic web use and social media.
STREAMING MUSIC – 10 Mbps per User
-Including music streaming via Pandora, Spotify or iTunes Radio.
ONLINE GAMING – 50+ Mbps per User
-Including multi-player games and games requiring downloads.
FILE DOWNLOADING – 100+ Mbps per User
-Including downloading and uploading larges files via Dropbox.
MEDIA SHARING – 10 Mbps per User
-Including sharing photos and videos online.
STREAMING HD VIDEO – 50 Mbps per User
-Streamed from sources like Netflix, YouTube or Amazon Prime.
VIDEO CHAT – 50 Mbps per User
-Including conferencing or video chat via Skype or similar software.
CLOUD STORAGE – 100+ Mbps per User
-Including email, basic web use, file storage, and social media.
Broadband: Basically high speed transmission or Internet access through a broad (wide) band of frequencies that allow many different types of traffic to be sent or received at the same time — voice, video, data and TV are all on the same connection.
Symmetrical: Equal bandwidth (same upload speed as download speed) allowing for much longer transmission distances and high signal rates. REDUCES LATENCY delays incurred while processing data. Some companies cap uploads at a much slower rate than downloads. At Lynxx we believe you should get what you pay for – and more! National providers with copper based Internet technologies can not deliver symmetrical speeds.
Packets: Small pieces of information (data) on the web that travels on the information highway just like small pieces of a puzzle. When some packets don’t get where they’re going, it is like there are puzzle pieces missing and that leads to jittery or inconsistent performance.
Bandwidth: Bandwidth is a synonym for data transfer rate, which is the maximum (width) or capacity of your connection (highway). The greater your bandwidth, the more packets you can send at one time.
Mbps: “Megabits per second” is the unit used for measuring how much data (packets) you are transferring per second. Higher Mbps means more data.
Private Connection: No other home runs off the same line as you, hence a private connection FROM OUR NETWORK TO YOUR HOME. With other companies you may be sharing a line, and Internet speed, with your neighbors. It means your Internet speed is decreased by every demand on the network before you.
The Difference between a Megabyte (MB) and a Megabit (Mb)
One thing that often gives people confusion is the difference between a Megabyte (used for file size) and a Megabit (used for download speeds). People often assume that a download speed of 1 Megabit per second (1 Mbps) will allow them to download a 1 Megabyte file in one second. This is not the case, a Megabit is 1/8 as big as a Megabyte, meaning that to download a 1MB file in 1 second you would need a connection of 8Mbps. The difference between a Gigabyte (GB) and a Gigabit (Gb) is the same, with a Gigabyte being 8 times larger than a Gigabit.
To calculate how long it will take a file to download over your connection, you can use Google’s simple MB/Mb converter
Quick Lynxx Tips if your Internet is slow
- Check the version of your router.
802.11n routers are generally affordable & available and support slower speed ranges from 35Mbps to 100 Mbps range
802.11ac routers are newer and faster, but are a bit more expensive and the signal does not travel as far
- Place the router in a central location in your home, closest as possible to the rooms that will use the Internet the most. Remember that the greater distance and obstructions of the wifi will mean slower speeds.
- Consider two routers if you have a larger home or a large number of users.
- Larger families may want to create a schedule of usage for your home so that everyone isn’t pulling large amounts of data at the same time.