To enjoy a good Internet browsing experience we must comply with a series of minima in terms of both speed and connection stability.
Many users still believe that the only thing that matters when browsing the Internet is the speed of the connection, but as we saw recently in this article The reality is very different. Latency, and other aspects, have a very important influence.
Having a high speed Internet connection can help us download content faster, and it is evident that there are optimal levels that will allow us to enjoy an optimal experience in relatively demanding tasks, such as the reproduction of content in high-resolution streaming, but as we have already said in previous articles, a high speed is of little use if we have a high latency or an unstable connection that falls every moment.
The router, and all the hardware and connection elements, also play a very important role. If our router is not up to scratch and is unable to effectively manage a high-speed Internet connection We will have problems.
Internet connection speed: a minimum for each task
We already have clear the reality behind the speed of Internet connection, But where is the minimum? From what level should I start worrying that I won’t have a good user experience?
We cannot give a unique and uniform answer, since each task requires a certain speed, and therefore does not have the same minimum level. In this article we are going to review those levels, and we are going to explain where is that point from which we should never go down. As always, if you have any questions you can leave it in the comments and we will help you solve it.
If we want to make a basic use of the Internet that includes web browsing, sending emails and light files and running simple applications, we must worry if we get off the 2 Mbps download speed.
In case we want to play HD streaming content (720p) have less than 4 Mbps speed It may affect our experience of use, and if we play content in 4K we must not download 25 Mbps, although some services require lower bandwidth.
To play HD streaming content (720p) on several devices simultaneously we need between 10 Mbps and 15 Mbps, depending on how many devices we are going to use.
To work with HD video call applications we need a minimum bandwidth of 2 Mbps if we use Skype. Other applications may require higher bandwidth, and remember that in video calls with several participants this requirement increases considerably. If we are going to make video calls with several participants, a connection less than 9 Mbps can give us problems.
If we are going to play online, the speed of our Internet connection is less important than the stability and latency, and the upload speed also acquires considerable importance. Have a download speed of less than 8 Mbps and a upload speed of less than 1 Mbps can give us problems.
Finally we have the case of downloading content. It is one of the few tasks that make truly intensive use of download speed. In this case, the higher our speed, the faster we will download the files and content. If we are going to download content of several gigabytes in weight with certain frequency, we must have, at least, a speed of 30 Mbps so that the process does not become excessively long and heavy.
Examples of balanced connection speeds
An Internet connection prepared to meet the needs of any average user should have at least one 30 Mbps download speed and 3 Mbps upload speed, that’s the minimum level we should be looking for.
However, it is important to note that having a higher download speed can go a long way towards improving the user experience in specific cases. For example, in my case I use a lot digital video game distribution platforms like Steam, and having a download speed of 900 Mbps allows me to download games of several tens of gigabytes in a few minutes.
In the end, the choice of Internet connection, and its speed, depends on our own needs, so, although we must set an acceptable minimum, keep in mind that you may you need a faster connection.