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What Internet Speed is Right for Me?

August 8, 2018

Do you want to sign up for new Mississippi internet services but aren’t sure what speed you need? The best approach is to ask yourself how you plan to use the internet. Do you want to watch movies? Download songs? Have video conferences? Another important step is to determine how many people are going to be using your connection.

Let’s look at some common internet uses and the speeds needed for them. Keep in mind that these examples are for only one person. If you have several people in your household who want to do the same internet activity at the same time, multiply the speed by the number of people who will simultaneously be using the internet.

7-10 Mbps – General Web Surfing: If you want to surf the internet, send emails and use social media, you can start off with a basic speed, such as 7 Mbps download. The internet might be a little slow at times—like when your friend sends a video—but 7 to 10 Mbps should be sufficient and will also save you some money.

10+ Mbps – Video Conferencing (with at least 1 Mbps upload speed): Will you frequently be in video meetings and webinars? Do you want to Skype with your family? In order to stream video, you will need faster-than-basic internet speeds. Most importantly, you will want to get an upload speed of at least 1 Mbps because you’ll be uploading (sending) video to others.

40-60 Mbps – Online Gaming: When gaming, especially when taking part of online multiplayer tournaments or playing an MMORPG, you’ll want to consider higher internet speed on both download and upload. What’s most important for gaming is latency, the delay in communication between your computer or console and the remote gaming system. The lower the latency, the better the gaming experience.

15-25 Mbps – Standard-Definition Video: If you don’t mind streaming shows and movies at a lower quality, and you will be the only streaming user at one time, 15-25 Mbps might be the perfect speed for you. This speed is also good for viewing instructional videos. If you will be streaming HD content, or having more than one user at a time, you should consider bumping up your speed to avoid any buffering.

50-100 Mbps – High-Definition Video: Many households run high-definition (HD) or 4K videos on at least one TV or computer. To stream HD and 4K videos, you need reliable high-speed internet. Few things are as frustrating as experiencing standard-definition blurriness or constant buffering when you expect high-definition crispness. Selecting higher tier speeds should help you avoid this problem.

50+ Mbps – Large File Transfers: If you plan to frequently download or transfer videos, photo libraries or other large files consider 50+ Mbps. Large file transfers require very high internet speeds. For uploading large files into the web, you should also pay attention to how much upload speed you are receiving with your high-speed internet service. You can have the fastest download speed available, but if your upload speed is very low, you will experience long wait times to upload content into the web.

1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps) – Avid Internet Users: After a long day at work, you come home to watch the latest episode of the new online 4K show. As you sit down in your living room, you can hear your son streaming his shooter game to a web audience from his bedroom, your daughter is catching up on her favorite animation movie on her tablet in the dining room, and your partner sits down next to you with a smartphone in hand and shows you a funny video online. Does this scene seem familiar? If you or your family are avid internet users, you may want to consider getting the best of internet speeds in your area. With technical advances making their way through the broadband industry, many companies have recently increased their speed offerings even further. You have probably noticed a new speed in recent advertisements – 1 GIG! This speed will certainly meet all your family’s high-speed internet needs and give you the best experience overall.

If you know that several people in your household are going to simultaneously download, stream, surf and play on the internet, you’ll need a high speed, such as 50 Mbps or more. If you live alone, and you are ok with sacrificing a little quality, you might be able to use a slower speed, which will save you money.

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