When we talk about internet, many people find themselves scratching their heads while deciding on how much bandwidth they need for normal work, social networking, e-shopping, watching entertainment content, etc.

Bandwidth is the volume of data that can be sent over a connection in a certain time – calculated in megabits per second (Mbps). Basically, internet speed refers to the rate at which data can be sent, while the definition of bandwidth is the capacity for that speed. You must consider your planned measures while using the internet in order to get the required bandwidth, as well as the number of devices that will be connected at a certain time.

Consider any net connection as a pipe and every data-bit that flows through it as grains of sand. Now, if you put a large amount of sand into a thin pipe, it will take more time for the sand to flow through the pipe. However, if you put the same amount of sand through a pipe with bigger diameter, the sand will quickly pass through.

Similarly, you will get a much faster internet downloading speed, if you have a connection with higher-bandwidth rather than a low-bandwidth connection.

It all depends on your internet service provider’s (ISP) capacity as the more bandwidth they are able to give you, the faster you can complete your tasks. For your information, we have also summed up the most commonly used online activities and the relevant bandwidth below:

ActivitiesApproximate Bandwidth
General Web-surfing/Email2 Mbps
Social media4 Mbps
Online gaming15 Mbps
Video call/conferencing8 Mbps
Audio call/conferencing2 Mbps
Standard video streaming5 Mbps
HD video streaming10 Mbps
4K video streaming35 Mbps
Music/Audio Streaming2 Mbps
Security Camera3 Mbps
Large file downloading20 Mbps or up


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