How Much Internet Speed Do I Need?
The bottom line: most households need Internet speeds of at least 25 Mbps download to enjoy activities like streaming video on multiple devices.
How much Internet speed you need depends on a variety of factors, from how many people are sharing the WiFi to how much Netflix you watch.
To get a quick recommendation based on the number of users and devices in your home, take a look at our bandwidth calculation tool. If you already have WiFi, consider learning how to extend your WiFi network.
In this article, we’ll walk through how Internet speed is measured, and what approximate range different types of customers should consider.
How Much Speed Do I Really Need?
Here are some general download speed requirements based on everyday online activities:
- Check email and browse the web: 1-5 Mbps minimum
- Stream HD content: 15-25 Mbps minimum
- Stream 4K content and play competitive online games: 40-100 Mbps minimum
- Stream 4K content, play online games, and download very large files: 200+ Mbps minimum