Are you confused in figuring out what internet speed is ideal for your usage? If yes, you are in the right place; we will help you in identifying the correct speed and limit for your needs.
Well, data speed depends on factors like how many people are sharing the WiFi, and what device you’re using, such as your phone,gaming station or computer and which online activities you’re taking part in. Let’s first understand what actually the internet speed is?
What Is Internet Speed?
In technical terms, we call internet or data speed as bandwidth. It means the rate at which the data transfers which is calculated in bits per second. To understand how fast your internet is, you need to know the bits transfer rate, i.e., how many bits per second transmits over the network provided by your service provider. A low bandwidth indicates a slow connection, and it affects your user experience.
Upload and Download Speed
Data speed is distributed in two directions – upload and download speed. To understand your internet speed, you need to follow these two speeds
Upload Speed – Uploading refer to the online activities like sending emails, playing online games- live tournaments, video calls, anything where you are sending data to someone else’s server. For performing these online activities, the data per second used in uploading information to the internet refer to upload speed. Fast upload speed is required to send data quickly.
Download Speed – Online activities where you are downloading some content from the server like images, videos, streaming music or videos, etc. refer to download speed. Faster data speed is required to view the downloaded information quickly.
While considering the internet speed, you need to take into account both these speeds as most providers offer internet plans with faster downloading speed whereas others provide fast uploading speed.
Factors that Determine Internet Speed and Limit
Internet Connection: Satellite and DSL connections are slower than cable and fiber internet connections. So the type of service provided by Acanac in your area will be the key factor in determining the internet speed.
Number of Users: The number of users accessing the same network is another important factor in determining the internet speed. The number of users accessing the same service will result in network congestion that will ultimately end up with lower speed.
So depending upon your users, go with the best internet pack that fulfills your data speed and limit requirements.
Online Activities: Some internet activities require more bandwidth while others require less, depending upon your usage you can decide the internet speed and limit that will best fit your needs. For example, if you are a frequent viewer of Netflix or YouTube, it will require higher bandwidth data with unlimited usage as streaming HD videos calls for additional bandwidth than other normal activities.
General Speed and Data Limit Recommendations for Single Users
Online Gaming: While you are in the gaming zone, you require a minimum of 3-6 Mbps download speed and 0.75-1 Mbps upload speed.
Streaming Video: For downloading speed 10 Mbps speed is required and 0.5 Mbps (500Kbps) for uploading speed.
Lower definition videos can suffice in 1.5 Mbps while HD requires 5 Mbps and Ultra HD 25Mbps speed. While considering the data limit, it varies from 1GB per hour for standard videos to 3GB per hour for HD video.
Streaming Music:1 Mbps is required for downloading speed, and 0.25 Mbps (250 Kbps) speed is needed for uploading
Depending upon your app, your data is consumed from 2.16 Mb to 7.2 MB as per the quality of the song.
To check email and browse the web 1-5Mbps is the minimum speed required.
These are the lowest recommended speeds in your data plans for single users with single activity at a time. Having more users or planning more than one event at a time than you need to add up speed to enjoy the smooth internet access. These speeds also vary from one website to another.
You can even conduct a speed test to have a better view about of data speed and limit requirements, as higher the speed more will be the data consumed.