Understanding Internet Speeds
Everyone knows how frustrating it can be to have an Internet connection that is too slow for their needs. How can you truly enjoy binge watching your favourite show if you are constantly waiting for your content to load? Choosing the right Internet plan for your needs is essential to keep you connected whether you are browsing social media, shopping online, streaming movies, or gaming.
Knowing which plan is right for you starts with understanding the basics about Internet speed.
Internet Speed
Internet speed refers to the speed which data or content travels from the web to your home computer, tablet, or smartphone. The speed of this data is measured in megabits per second (Mbps). You will typically see Internet plans listing two speeds, upload and download.
Upload Speed
The speed at which data is traveling from you to the Internet (Ex. uploading videos or pictures).
Download Speed
The speed at which data, including files, web sites, pictures, music, and movies, is being delivered to you from the Internet.
Typically, upload speeds are lower than download speeds because consumers are most commonly downloading more often than they are uploading.
What Speed is Right for Me?
Everyone's Internet speed needs differ depending on their Internet habits. For example, someone who lives alone and uses their smart phone to browse online and use social media will need a different plan than a family of five which has multiple users online, gaming, streaming, and surfing the web all at once.
I'm a Browser
Suggested Plan: Internet 30
You use your computer or smart phone mainly for browsing the Internet and using social media sites. Once and a while you watch a show or two on streaming services like Netflix.
I’m a Streamer
Suggested Plan: Internet 50-75
There is no streaming service you haven't heard of and you are a binge-watching pro. Who needs cable TV anyways? You're also a multi-tasker who wants to be able to browse online on your smart phone or computer while you stream.
I'm a Gamer
Suggested Plan: Internet 150 - 300
The last thing you want is an online gaming experience that lags. The best Internet for online gaming is usually cable or fiber-optic Internet because they both provide low-latency connections, which is paramount for online gaming.
I Have a Household with Multiple Users
Suggested Plan: Internet 150 - 300
You have a household with multiple users powering a handful of devices simultaneously. Share, stream, and game across multiple devices, all at the same time. A plan that ensures little Suzie’s homework won’t cancel your movie night.
Testing Your Internet Speed
There are a number of websites available that you can use to measure the speed of your Internet connection. For the most accurate results, connect your device directly to your modem. If you are testing with a WiFi connection, stand within 10 feet of your modem, close all applications, and ensure you are the only one connected during the test.
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