Small Business / Internet / Networking
A Guide to Internet Speed vs. Bandwidth
Internet Speed vs. Bandwidth: What’s the Difference, and Why Does It Matter?
How to Calculate Speed and Bandwidth Needs for Your Business Internet
1. Estimate Your Speed and Bandwidth Needs wIth Basic Math
- Estimate if you’re a low-bandwidth or high-bandwidth business. Low-bandwidth businesses rely on mostly basic tasks, like internet browsing, email, and sharing small files. High-bandwidth businesses routinely use more data-hungry applications, like video meetings and shipping large files.
- If you’re a low-bandwidth business, multiply your number user devices by 3 Mbps.
- If you’re a high-bandwidth business, multiply your number of user devices by 10 Mbps.
2. Run a Speed Test to Gauge Your Current Internet Performance
3. Use Bandwidth Monitoring to Understand Speed and Bandwidth Needs Over Time
How to Use Your Speed and Bandwidth Specs to Shop for Business Internet
1. Prioritize the Right Type of Internet Connection
2. Look at What’s Spelled Out in the Service-Level Agreement
- Latency: How long it takes data to make a round trip between points in your network. Ever crack a joke on Zoom and people don’t laugh until you’re well into your next sentence? That’s latency.
- Packet loss: When a data packet fails to reach its destination, usually because of network congestion. Remember the highway and cars analogy?
- Jitter: Data packets arrive, but not in the order they were sent. Think of a when a video call starts to get choppy.
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