Many of us don’t pay attention to the bandwidth and we pay more for lesser bandwidth. Lack of knowledge in this technology cost us plenty of money and limitations. There are many factors that come in broadband & internet speed test, and bandwidth plays an important role.
Unfortunately, several internet providers executives fool you by not providing enough details on the bandwidth. Learning about bandwidth technology helps you select better Internet packages. We are going to reveal everything that you need to know about the bandwidth.
What is Bandwidth?
Bandwidth = Number of bits per second transmitted via one node to another.
The internet service provider has limitations like 1 MBPS per second or 100 MBPS bandwidth per second. It’s about the download speed, but the latency and it is one of the important aspects to get better pings while gaming. You must have heard of latency, right? It is also known as ping, which is essential for gaming.
Networks bandwidths are like pipes. Let’s assume that you have a small pipe at your home, and then it cannot transfer plenty of water in a minute, right? However, if you have a larger pipe covering the same length, then you can transfer more water. Larger capacity pipes can transfer more water than a smaller one. The bandwidth technology is the same, and you need better bandwidth (pipe size) to transfer a higher amount of data.
I have seen much broadband offering lower bandwidth, while the data package is higher. I think it is a must for a home user to have a decent amount of bandwidth for seamless browsing & downloading.
Adverse Effects of Lower Bandwidth:
- Web page with lots of texts takes plenty of time to load.
- The web page goes unresponsive.
- Multiplayer games lag a lot. Your internet speed does not matter in this case, because it depends on the latency as well.
- You face video buffering and buffering streaming.
- It takes plenty of time to load a page.
These are few of many common issues that low bandwidth networks face every time.
How does Bandwidth work?
There are many ways to explain the bandwidth in simple language, and I would describe it using highways or freeway.
One: let’s assume that you are driving in one way, and the road size is enough for ten cars to move freely.
Two: Now, let’s assume that you want to download 1000 MB file, and you are expecting 100 MBPS per second speed.
Three: When you start downloading you only get 10 MBPS per second. Because the freeway can just fit ten cars (one car = 1 MB) and you only get 10 MB per second because that’s the limit.
The bandwidth is significant for downloads & web page loading.
How Much Bandwidth Do You Need?
We know that you have the question on how much bandwidth do we need in the first place?
Everything goes down to your requirements, and we will explain it in the easiest way possible.
Netflix: I assume that many of you watch shows, movies, and web series on Netflix, right? You need 5 MBPS internet connection per person to play Netflix stream smoothly.
YouTube: If you want to watch 1080P videos on YouTube, then you need 10 MBPS Internet speed.
Download Speed: If you are expecting 5 MBPS/second download speed, then you need 30 MBPS connection.
Multi-player Games: I play a lot of multiplayer games, and I can tell you the right package you need for seamless gaming. Read the reviews online of the broadband you are considering to subscribe. The download & upload speed does not matter because if the latency or ping is high, then the game will lag. Fortunately, I get lower ping between one to fifty when I’m playing multi-player games.
How To Measure Bandwidth?
There are various types of bandwidths in several countries. How about listing them all?
DSL: Digital Subscriber Line is highly used in India. It is the first connection developed to provide a voice communication in India. It can transfer 16 MBPS per second. Unfortunately, you may experience less than 10 MBPS. MTNL & BSNL use DSL lines, and if you are planning to go for MTNL or BSNL to playing games, then avoid it.
Fiber: Fiber connection is the next technology of DSL that can transfer 1 MBPS to 100 MBPS without any issues.
FTTH: Fiber to the home can deliver 1 GBPS, but it’s not available worldwide right now.
FTTP: Fiber to the premises designed for higher capacity lines for business & larger homes. It is a demanding technology in the United Kingdom right now.
FTTN: Fiber to the node is a useless technology that only a few people use.
FTTC: Fiber to the cabinet is one of the standard connections in many countries in UK, Asia, Middle East, and more. The FTTC utilizes copper wire technology for home users. However, it is much slower than fibre-optic cables.
First, you have to find out which technology your broadband supported. Remember, Fiber & Fiber to the home (FTTH) are the latest technology.
1: Go to SpeedTest.net and click on GO.
2: Now, check the ping/ms, and the lower, the better.
3: You can check the download & upload speed.
Remember, 1 MBPS connection can offer 170 KBPS download speed, and lower upload speed.
Bandwidth is an essential aspect of the Internet connection, so do not hesitate to ask your ISP. Never compromise when it comes to the Internet because you are limiting yourself. Let us know what you think about Bandwidth in the comment section below.