Now you have a number, but what does it mean?
Download speeds measure how fast your computer, smartphone, or tablet can receive data from websites and other internet servers. Upload speeds measure how fast you can send files and stream video. Our chart below should help you figure out what activities you can best do with the internet speeds you have.
|Activity||# of devices||Recommended download speeds|
|Email, web browsing, streaming radio, phone calls (VoIP)||1||.5 - 4 Mbps|
|Streaming standard & HD movies and videos||1||4- 7 Mbps|
|Video conferencing (Skype), casual gaming (MMOs)||1||7 - 12 Mbps|
|Online gaming, HD streaming on multiple devices||2||12 - 15 Mbps|
|Low-latency HD online gaming (FPS)||2+||16+ Mbps|
**Note: As Internet download speed increases, lag and pixelating are resolved. Higher download speeds support better quality images, movement, and sound.
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