Many users often wonder what internet speed they’ll need to accomplish various online tasks, especially since most internet packages place a lot of importance on speed. While it’s always good to have faster internet speeds, it’s never really clear how speed impacts mundane online activities. So let’s break it down…
Below is a detailed explanation on what minimum internet speeds some common online tasks need:
What Internet Speed Does Your Task Need?
With the proliferation of tasks that can be completed online, there is a corresponding increase in the number of online users. However, not every online task requires maximum internet speeds.
Below are examples of the internet speeds that most online tasks need:
Email: So you do not experience any snarl ups, or annoying waits that grate on your patience, you need an internet speed of 0.5 Mbps, or thereabouts, so as to open your mail smoothly as well as open large emails or heavily graphic emails.
Basic Browsing: In order to navigate your way to the right site you will need an internet speed of 0.5 Mbps. This is basically for browsing and simple searching of the web.
Advanced Browsing: There are some websites with copious amounts of auto-videos, interactive pages, and many other rich media. These sites usually hog a lot of bandwidth. To open such pages, and for them to function optimally, you will need to have an internet speed of at least 1.0 Mbps.
VOIP: Internet voice calls bag the prize for the easiest streaming task: they do not require complex videos and their audio requires a lot less than music. At-home VOIP- both on the upload and download side- requires only 0.1 Mbps. But it does no harm to have an internet speed of up to 1.0 Mbps for clearer better, and faster connections.
Netflix and Hulu: With only 1.5 Mbps you are good to start streaming on these sides. However, there is a lot you can miss out on if you go for the minimum you need to stream videos in these sites. Though with 1.5 Mbps on the download side you can still download or stream, if you are desirous of better video quality, and you want to take advantage of HD videos, then you will need internet speeds of 5.0 Mbps and above. Streaming is no problem with Frontier High Speed Internet.
Hulu, on the other hand, offers different settings according to your internet speed. If you have enough bandwidth, you can change the settings for better video quality.
Online Gaming: It is hard to say exactly what internet speed online games need because, usually, there are different online games. However, more often you will need an internet speed of anything between 1.0 Mbps to 4.0 Mbps. Online games particularly need excellent connection, and, thus, it is advisable that you get a reliable Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection for best results.
Streaming Music Online: With as little as 0.15 Mbps you can begin streaming music online. Streaming music online is comparably much simpler to streaming full video: it gives you excellent sound for less speed. It is worth noting, however, that mobile services may sometimes require higher speeds for good quality sound.
YouTube and other Video Streaming Sites: YouTube and like sites have almost the same rules as Netflix: You are fine with 0.5 Mbps, but higher quality videos need much more internet speed than that.
Video Web Conferencing: Web conferencing features in Facebook’s messenger and skype mount real-time connection with a two-way video. In order to at least maintain a conversation without any hindrances, great internet speeds are needed. Therefore, a basic video call will need around 0.5 Mbps- both downloading and uploading. For an HD video, you will most likely need more internet speed in the region of 1.5 Mbps both ways.
Heavy Downloads and Uploads: There are some intensive internet activities that typically require higher internet speeds than the speeds used to facilitate mundane online activities such as emailing. Activities such as sharing heavy files vide the cloud will need more internet speed. These speeds often range between 25 Mbps to 50 Mbps. These speeds will permit you to download or upload high-definition content or heavy/bulk files in just a matter of seconds- or minutes when the speed chooses to lag. These internet speeds are needed by graphic designers or people who transact in heavy files.
Hopefully, that helps clear things up. If you’re looking for high-speed internet service that can handle any task, Frontier has you covered. Our Broadband service is zippy to say the least, but the Frontier FiOS network is on a whole other level.