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How fast does my internet need to be?

liftedpsd2010 660 174 January 3, 2016 at 01:22 PM
I am currently stuck on VeriZon dsl 3 down .6 upload. Comcast is currently putting fiber in my neighborhood. I am wanting to know what you guys think the speed I should get. I've got 4 tablets the kids use to watch YouTube and such, a garage door opener connected to router, 2 cell phones, ps4, atnt microcell and alarm system. I can get 10 Meg's for 10 bucks a month but I'm afraid that would be enough. What do you guys think I need to get? Thanks

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a better question is how is it working now? Going to 10 MB down would triple your current bandwidth for 10.00 a month that is probably a no brainer even for 10.00 more do you have a home phone from verizon, get rid of it and get Ooma and you will save more than your cost increase.
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For $10 more a month go go from 3mb to 10mb would be worth it for me alone. I am guessing its a 10x1 package which is still not quick but probably fine for what your listing assuming not 100% of the devices are using it at the same time. If your wanting to keep things as low cost as possible pick the lowest package and upgrade if it's not enough. Pretty sure your comcast fiber will be significantly better than 10mb service.

One other thing the FCC defines broadband as 25mb service now. http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/29...and-25mbps
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it's actually internet essentials and it's not 10 more a month it's 10 total a month. I have a phone line but don't use it. right now if the kids are on their tablets I can't play online. I believe it's 10x10 but I'm not sure.
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Most HD video streams use <7mbps, it depends on the codec used. If you were trying to stream something in HD on every device at the same time, 10mpbs wouldn't be enough, but that isn't likely to happen that often.

When bandwidth is short most things will automatically switch to a lower quality video.

OP is probably taking about the internet essentials program for qualified families (make sure you meet the requirements). On this plan I wouldn't expect speeds over 10mbps, but I don't have any experience with this plan. The upload is likely pretty limited maybe 1mpbs, as long as you do try to do a full cloud backup of any of your computers and enable QoS on the router this is probably do able. You have to have no comcast service for 90 days before you can sign up for internet essentials. I'd say give it a try, it's a big improvement over your DSL and if it isn't enough and if you can afford it you can always switch to a different plan.

The key to using a lower bandwidth plan with that many people / devices is going to be your QoS settings which help distribute bandwidth between devices. The upstream bandwidth can be especially critical.
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Last edited by jkee January 3, 2016 at 06:46 PM
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yea the tablets mostly watch YouTube the kids are young 3-9 and the phones surf the Internet. there's only a few times everything is on at the same time, but it's possible for that to happen. I might just have to limit the other devices through the router and give priority to my microcell and ps4
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some router's QoS only for upload,
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