The Need for Speed

How much speed do I really need?

When considering high-speed broadband, that is a common question. How fast is fast enough? What does it all mean anyway?

Really, there is no single answer to that question. Typically, the faster broadband speed you have, the better your internet experience will be. But sometimes too much is just not necessary.

Here we will break down what bandwidth means and how it will impact your online experience based on your online habits.

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What is bandwidth?

Bandwidth describes the maximum speed your internet connection transfers data. It is typically measured in megabits per second or a gigabit, which is 1,000 megabits.

It may help to think of bandwidth as water flowing through a pipe. It will take a long time for a lot of water to flow through a narrow pipe, but the same amount of water will flow much quicker through a larger one. Think of less bandwidth as a narrower tunnel.

Additionally, when discussing bandwidth, you’ll hear a lot about “upload“ and “download” speeds. Your download speed is the amount of data it takes to access things on the internet (streaming on Netflix, browsing sports news, etc.). On the other hand, your upload speed is the amount of data it takes for you to put data onto the internet (uploading YouTube videos, online gaming, etc.).

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How much bandwidth do I need?

Let’s consider how different bandwidths might affect your online experience.

Typically, uploading requires more bandwidth than downloading. When choosing a bandwidth speed, users should factor in how many people in your home might be operating multiple devices at one time.

Typically, the faster internet speed you have, the better your experience will be This is a primary factor in determining what internet speeds you’ll need at the point of peak usage.

Here are some examples of speeds that TEC offers its customers: 25 Mbps, 250 Mbps, and 1 Gbps.

  • 25 Mbps: This speed is fast enough for many users who don’t operate multiple devices simultaneously with large bandwidth requirements. It may be enough bandwidth for residences with just a few users. A 25 Mbps connection speed will allow you to send and receive emails, browse the internet, stream music and movies on multiple devices, and play online games.
  • 250 Mbps: This speed will allow you to connect even more devices without noticing any drop in performance. A large family can efficiently send and receive email with large attachments, quickly download and upload large files, stream movies simultaneously, or play online games. Great for techies on a budget!
  • 1 Gig: A gigabit of bandwidth will give you everything you need for optimal performance. It is an excellent choice for large families, businesses or anyone wanting a lightning-fast internet experience. There won’t be any drop in performance when online gaming, streaming or video chatting. Our fast fiber internet delivers speeds up to 1 gig; you can't beat it!

Keep in mind that bandwidth speeds are estimates. Actual upload and download speeds can vary based on a number of factors.