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RougeDawg
Louisiana Tech Fan
Member since Jul 2016
679 posts

What Download Speed Do You Really Need?
I have Cox right now and looking at AT&T Fiber. My download speed on Cox currently test at 22-27 Mbps for download and works fine for streaming on 3-4 devices. Do you really need download speeds of 100, 150, 300, 1,000 for streaming or is this just a marketing gimmick?


CarRamrod
USA Fan
Spurbury, VT
Member since Dec 2006
46437 posts

re: What Download Speed Do You Really Need?
It's pretty nice that I can download a 4k movie in a minute or so


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Hopeful Doc
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2010
11349 posts

re: What Download Speed Do You Really Need?
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22-27 Mbps for download and works fine for streaming on 3-4 devices



That's definitely fine for that.


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download speeds of 100, 150, 300, 1,000 for streaming or is this just a marketing gimmick?



Won't do much for streaming. It's great if you're frequently downloading/uploading large files, though.
You don't benefit from the excess amount of bandwidth you pay for for streaming, assuming your videos/songs never buffer or default to a lower quality.


NYCAuburn
Auburn Fan
TD Platinum Membership/SECr Sheriff
Member since Feb 2011
49186 posts

re: What Download Speed Do You Really Need?
Really depends on what you are doing. Just streaming, you definitely don't need gig lines


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Ingloriousbastard
Member since May 2015
704 posts

re: What Download Speed Do You Really Need?
I’d allocate 10MBPS per stream (this would be the worst case scenario-you could probably get away with less) for streaming HD. Unless you are downloading giant files constantly, you’ll probably notice little difference. I’ve had 25, 50, and 150 over the years and have never noticed a difference. It’s just 2 of us living here though.
This post was edited on 1/12 at 8:25 am


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ArkLaTexTiger
LSU Fan
Houston
Member since Nov 2009
1512 posts

re: What Download Speed Do You Really Need?
Several of us at work have Comcast 150/5 plans and I'm not hearing any complaints. The complaining got better once we went above 50.


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foshizzle
LSU Fan
Washington DC metro
Member since Mar 2008
40583 posts

re: What Download Speed Do You Really Need?
Depends on what you're using it for. I sometimes work from home using large data sets and my 400 Mbps connection is great for that. When I'm not doing that I can stream multiple football games at once, which is nice.

But most people don't need more than 10 Mbps or so per user in the household.


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Hulkklogan
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Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Oct 2010
36484 posts
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re: What Download Speed Do You Really Need?
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Won't do much for streaming. It's great if you're frequently downloading/uploading large files, though.
You don't benefit from the excess amount of bandwidth you pay for for streaming, assuming your videos/songs never buffer or default to a lower quality.


This.

For your average home people are overpaying. If you stream 4k a lot, factor about 12-15Mb per TV (assuming multiple streamers all at once). Assume 7Mb for 1080p

Personally I pay for 300Mbps, but I primarily work from home and transfer files quite often


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hawgndodge
Chicago Cubs Fan
Member since Jun 2009
3452 posts

re: What Download Speed Do You Really Need?
I'll say this, in my house there are 6 people.

We have the following.

4 phones
3 iPads
4 Xboxes
Gaming laptop
2 rokus

The phones are always brinyg used and I don't think the Xboxes ever go off and neither does the laptop. iPads come and go.

We have 18mbps and very very very rarely do we have any issues


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