What speeds do I need for…

  • Netflix recommends:
    • 500 Kbps required for streaming
    • 1.5 Mbps recommended connection speed
    • 3 Mbps recommended for SD quality
    • 5 Mbps recommended for HD quality
    • 25 Mbps recommended for Ultra HD quality
  • Youtube
    • Youtube requires at least 500 kbps download speed for its basic video content, and greater than 1 Mbps for streaming of movies, TV shows, and live events.
  • Hulu
    • Hulu recommends a downstream bandwidth minimum of 1.5 Mbps
  • Amazon Prime
    • For its Prime streaming service, Amazon recommends a minimum of 900 kbps for Standard Definition (SD) and 3.5 Mbps for High Definition (HD) videos.
  • WatchESPN
    • WatchESPN recommends 2 Mbps download speed or greater
  • Skype recommends:
    • Calling: 100 kbps download / 100 kbps upload
    • Video calling/Screen Sharing: 300 kbps download / 300 kbps upload
    • Video calling (high quality): 500 kbps download / 500 kbps upload
    • HD Video calling: 1.5 Mbps download / 1.5 Mbps upload
    • Group video (3 people): 2 Mbps download / 512 kbps upload
    • Group video (5 people): 4 Mbps download / 512 kbps upload
    • Group video (7+ people): 8 Mbps download / 512 kbps upload
  • Online games that are installed on devices such as computers or consoles require nominal bandwidth, as the files that they use are mainly already accessible where they have been installed; however, the lower the ping to a game server generally the less lag you will have in an online game. To lower ping, try connecting your computer using ethernet instead of Wi-fi, and avoid using your connection for other tasks (such as downloading/uploading files, or streaming media) while playing games.

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