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Is Your Internet FAST Enough?

these days your options for high-speed

internet start at just a few megabits

per second and go all the way up to

gigabit speeds or even more now of

course the ISPs want you to fork over as

much of your money as possible for a

higher speed connection with vague

wording about how it's good for gaming

or multiple devices or what-have-you but

how much should you really be paying for

well here's the thing

part of the reason that Internet service

providers offer so many access tiers is

that not everyone needs the same size

pipe coming into their home you

shouldn't buy a 10 seat minivan if

you're single with no kids and in much

the same way it's probably a waste to

have an insanely fast internet

connection if you live alone with one

computer and a phone

this means the $64,000 question when

choosing an internet plan is what are

you using the service for and how many

gadgets will be accessing it at once

after that the process mostly becomes a

matter of simple addition you see it

turns out that predicting how much speed

each common task requires is fairly

straightforward suppose you want to

stream HD video and I would assume you

do otherwise you probably wouldn't be

watching this for sites like YouTube and

Netflix you'll need between a 5 and 10

megabit per second connection if you

want your experience to be reliably

smooth now of course if you want to

stream 4k or HDR your data rates are

going to be quite a bit higher most of

the popular streaming platforms

recommend anywhere from 15 to 25 megabit

per second and we would suggest going a

fair bit higher than that somewhere in

the 40 to 50 megabit range this will

account for any dips in your service

speed during heavy load times or if a

Windows Update is running in the

background somewhere the thing to keep

in mind though is that this is on a per

video basis so if you wanted to stream

on more than one screen you need to

multiply that speed times the total

number of videos that you forsee your

household playing on your connection at

once that way your tech quickie stream

won't cut out because you're

inconsiderate roommate is trying to

watch his rebooted 90 sitcoms in 4k next

we

got to consider our other data heavy

doings beside streaming video like

gaming it might surprise you though to

know that you don't need insane speeds

to have a great gaming experience in

fact typically if you can have at least

10 megabits per second free on whatever

device you're gaming on it'll probably

be enough the more important

consideration for gaming is going to be

latency now you can learn more about

latency up here but in short it's the

delay between your computer or your

phone requesting something from the

server and the server sending the data

back to you and vice versa and it's

actually possible nay common to have a

service that boasts high speeds but also

suffers from high latency which can

result in weird leggy behavior while

you're gaming and the really tricky

thing here is that as you pay more for a

higher speed tier your latency may not

improve at all so if you have several

ISPs to choose from read reviews and see

if there are any in your area where

gamers have specifically recommended it

for its lower latency also keep in mind

that low latency is equally important

for other real-time applications such as

video chatting with your long-distance

love interest one more gaming and video

chat specific consideration is that

unlike web browsing it's important to

make sure that you're getting a decent

amount of upstream speed for these

applications a solid 10 to 15 megabits

per second per device should be fine for

high quality video calls and streaming

to twitch in high definition now aside

from applications the other most common

reason that you might want a faster

connection is if you are often

transferring large files like game

installers or large video files for

example if you are trying to download a

2 gigabyte movie that would take about 2

minutes and 40 seconds on a 100 megabit

per second connection so it's a simple

matter of doing the math for how long it

takes you to prepare a bucket of popcorn

and going from there finally although I

know the title of this episode is how

much speed you need we should probably

also mention data caps

those are those nasty little limits that

some ISPs slap onto your service where

if you exceed a certain amount per month

you'll be looking at consequences like

throttling or extra charges now data

caps shouldn't be too much of a concern

for web browsing but you can quickly run

up against them if you're gaming

streaming or watching a ton of video so

have a look at this chart to see how

much data per hour these activities

usually consume and then you can use

some quick math to see how high of a cap

you might need every month the bottom

line is that there's no point overpaying

for either speed or data that is unless

you're that person that likes to leave

your Wi-Fi unsecured because you're just

feeling really generous towards your

whole neighborhood so hopefully you

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