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  • Writer's pictureMaría Belén Gómez

Should I increase the bandwidth?: Details to consider

If you have very slow internet or want higher bandwidth, there are factors to consider when choosing the speed you need at your home or office. We will now present the most important aspects that can positively or negatively influence the performance of your internet connection.

Factors to consider when choosing speed and bandwidth

There are several elements to consider when choosing your connection speed, and we'll indicate them below.

Number of connected devices

The first thing you should check is the number of devices that will be connected to the network. Bandwidth tends to be divided among the devices, causing the speed to slow down as the number of connected elements increases.

It's advisable to count how many devices are constantly connected. This way, you can determine if you need a higher speed than what you currently have or find the best alternative for you to achieve good internet speed performance.

Activities during the connection

Not only does the number of devices affect the connection, but also the activities you'll be doing online. Some applications demand a minimal amount of data flow, while others require higher bandwidth. For example, video conferencing platforms like Zoom, Jitsi Meet, or Google Meet need a significant amount of data to maintain audio and video transmission.

For high-demand connections like the ones mentioned above, it's recommended to use speeds above 50 Mbps, preferably at least 100 Mbps if multiple devices will be connected.

On the other hand, for normal connections like watching videos on YouTube, checking emails, using social media, or other simple tasks, you can go for a slightly lower bandwidth, which can vary between 20 Mbps and 50 Mbps.

Type of network card in computers and router

When acquiring a bandwidth, it's advisable to consider the capacity of both the router and the wireless card in your computer or connection device. Each one has its specifications, such as 150 Mbps, 300 Mbps, or more. Therefore, you should assess whether your devices are suitable for the chosen bandwidth or if you need to acquire new components to fully benefit from the desired service.

Type of available connection You need to consider the type of connection available in your home and even explore new options. For instance, phone line connections can provide a bandwidth of 400 Mbps, while fiber optic can offer speeds above 1 Gbps, and satellite connections may reach up to 500 Mbps.

Therefore, you must choose wisely and also consider that these bandwidths are often shared unless you specifically request a dedicated connection. When choosing the connection, take into account the type of service being offered and the latency that sharing the connection point with other users could cause.

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