How Fast Should My Home Internet Be?

People signing up for home internet service for the first time are often confused by the many messages floating around. How many Mbps (megabytes per second) are required for work, study, gaming, and entertainment? Is a stronger connection required to support a larger number of devices? We have a few guidelines that can help residential customers in southwest Kansas select the right kind of service.

Light, Medium, and Heavy Use

One way to think about the kind of home internet you might need is to consider the kind of use you expect. We have a great online tool that can help you analyze your needs, too. Light, medium, and heavy use can be thought of like this:

  • Light internet use: 1 – 3 internet-connecting devices that use a connection to surf the web, check and send email, and sometimes stream video. We recommend 10 Mbps for households with this use profile.
  • Medium internet use: 3 – 5 internet-connecting devices that use a connection for frequent video and audio streaming in addition to web surfing and communication. 25 Mbps is a recommended speed for households that use internet in this manner.
  • Heavy internet use: 5 + devices, including game consoles connecting to a network. Uploading files for website hosting and streaming video on several devices requires more speed. A 50 Mbps connection is required for uploading, downloading, streaming, and file hosting.

The number of devices has an effect on how much speed a household requires but it is the way the devices are used that actually has the biggest impact on the choice of internet speed. Even if you have just two internet-connecting devices, a 25 Mbps service package is likely required if you intend to connect to a gaming network or plan to upload large files to a server on a frequent basis.

We’re Here for You

Need help selecting the right service package for your home or business? We have a tool that can help you decide on the right speed for your home. If you have any additional questions, our technicians and associates at Pioneer Communication are here to help. You can contact us by, phone, e-mal, or by stopping by our office.

September 17th, 2016|Categories: Broadband|