What Broadband Speed is Right for Your Household?

Posted on December 3, 2013
Sebastian Internet

Does your computer or electronic device seem like it takes longer than usual to load content from the Internet? Do you automatically think that there is a problem with the service provider or your router?

There may be another reason for this problem – your broadband speed.

It’s not often users ask themselves “how much bandwidth does my household actually use on a daily basis?”

Lucky for you, we have!

Don’t Under Estimate Your Needs

Determining the right broadband speed for your home can be a tricky thing. Between upload speeds, download speeds, multiple devices and various members of the household using the connection all at once, it can become a complete headache to pinpoint what speed will be able to adequately accommodate everyone’s needs.

More often than not, broadband users underestimate the amount of bandwidth they actually require in order to keep all of their devices running optimally.

For example, my husband and I require more bandwidth than I could have ever imagined. At any given time we have two iPhones, one laptop, one iPad and Netflix running at our home.The combined activity between the two of puts us in the 10.0 Mbps category. Now you would think that two people wouldn’t require so much bandwidth but when you factor in all of our devices, it adds up quick.

Needs Assessment

Remember, just because an Internet provider is advertising a lower price does not mean that they are giving you the speed that you actually need.

When comparing pricing and the speeds you will get, make sure you identify the needs of your home and know the minimum speed you require in order to keep your home running smoothly. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Do we have multiple people using devices in our home at the same time?
  • Realistically, how many devices do we use at the same time during the day?
  • Do we stream HD video (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) in our home?
  • Does anyone in our home participate in online gaming?
  • Are we willing to experience a slower speed just to get a better price on Internet?

Needs At a Glance

When shopping for a high-speed Internet provider for your home, please use the following general usage guide to help determine the best option for you. While these speeds won’t necessarily match up with all provider’s packages, it should be a good reference point.

Don’t Under Estimate Your Needs

Determining the right broadband speed for your home can be a tricky thing. Between upload speeds, download speeds, multiple devices and various members of the household using the connection all at once, it can become a complete headache to pinpoint what speed will be able to adequately accommodate everyone’s needs.

More often than not, broadband users underestimate the amount of bandwidth they actually require in order to keep all of their devices running optimally.

For example, my husband and I require more bandwidth than I could have ever imagined. At any given time we have two iPhones, one laptop, one iPad and Netflix running at our home.The combined activity between the two of puts us in the 10.0 Mbps category. Now you would think that two people wouldn’t require so much bandwidth but when you factor in all of our devices, it adds up quick.

Needs Assessment

Remember, just because an Internet provider is advertising a lower price does not mean that they are giving you the speed that you actually need.

When comparing pricing and the speeds you will get, make sure you identify the needs of your home and know the minimum speed you require in order to keep your home running smoothly. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Do we have multiple people using devices in our home at the same time?
  • Realistically, how many devices do we use at the same time during the day?
  • Do we stream HD video (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) in our home?
  • Does anyone in our home participate in online gaming?
  • Are we willing to experience a slower speed just to get a better price on Internet?

Calculate Your Needs

Want to know what speed you should be using at your home? Use our handy calculator to find out within a minute!