Understanding internet speeds can be a little confusing. How much download speed do you need to watch Netflix, do a video conference call, or to check your email? There are specifications for it all. 

When it comes down to bandwidth, you want to make sure that you have enough to withhold the household’s internet activity. Bandwidth is the maximum rate at which you can download data from the internet to your devices. Bandwidth is calculated in bits per second, shared among all devices being used. 

Video streaming usually takes up the most bandwidth. Netflix recommends a 3 Mbps connection for one standard-quality stream and 5Mbps for a high-definition stream. Two HD quality streams would require 10Mbps. 

Just planning on using the internet for web surfing and emailing? You won’t need more than 5Mbps. Your available speed can be affected by the household’s internet activity, the equipment, along with other factors. Confirming that you have enough speed for your home’s internet activity is important. 

Video conferencing is very popular during this time. It makes everyone’s lives easier when it comes to group meetings and conferences.  Video conferencing platforms like Skype and Zoom, requires a download and upload speed of at least 1.5Mbps for an HD video call. We highly recommend trying to connect your computer directly to your internet router with an ethernet cable for a stronger and reliable connection while video conferencing. A direct connection will help prevent frozen calls, video call drops, and poor quality audio. 

Always check the specifications and requirements of the platforms that you’re using to insure the best usage experience. Taking a speed test every now and then is also recommended, especially with multiple internet users in the home. If there are multiple people in your home using the internet while performing a speed test, please be advised that the speed test results will only provide results of the remaining speeds. To receive the most accurate speed results, be sure that you’re the only user in the home using the internet at the moment.