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:
|General Web-surfing/Email||2 Mbps|
|Social media||4 Mbps|
|Online gaming||15 Mbps|
|Video call/conferencing||8 Mbps|
|Audio call/conferencing||2 Mbps|
|Standard video streaming||5 Mbps|
|HD video streaming||10 Mbps|
|4K video streaming||35 Mbps|
|Music/Audio Streaming||2 Mbps|
|Security Camera||3 Mbps|
|Large file downloading||20 Mbps or up|