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How do you determine what internet speed you need?

Post by MnyGrl » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:36 am

I just cancelled my internet, home phone and cable account and plan to get just internet service with a different provider.

If your family uses a fairly average amount of internet service (no gaming, downloading large files, etc; just surfing web, perhaps one user watching Netflix at a time), what speed is appropriate? Up to now, with a family of three people we have had Verizon's 100/100 service for a while. Was this overkill? These are the choices I am selecting from, any ideas about what would be adequate?

INTERNET ONLY PLANS

$29.99/mo for 10 mbps
10 mbps ↓ and 1.0 mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
Setup: $75.00 (Includes professional install.)
Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo

$39.99/mo for 30 mbps
30 mbps ↓ and 3.0 mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $63.99.
Setup: $75.00 (Includes professional install.)
Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo

$59.99/mo for 100 mbps
100 mbps ↓ and 10 mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
Setup: $75.00 (Includes professional install.)
Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo

$79.99/mo for 300 mbps
300 mbps ↓ and 30 mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $104.99.
Setup: $75.00 (Includes professional install.)
Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo

$119.99/mo for 1,000 mbps
1,000 mbps ↓ and -- mbps ↑
Setup: $75.00 (Includes professional install.)
Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo

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Re: How do you determine what internet speed you need?

Post by mhc » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:40 am

I would start with 10 Mbps. That should meet your needs. If streaming from Netflix becomes a problem, try downloading content during off peak times.

If 10 Mbps doesn't work out, then upgrade to a higher speed.

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:43 am

We have AT&T Uverse service at home, 6 megabits down. It has proven to be sufficient for most of what we do. The only time I run into sluggishness is when DW uses her workplace laptop to VPN in to her workplace network from home. During those times, her laptop pretty much saturates the upward traffic channel, which means trying to do casual web browsing on my desktop suffers.

That being said, in the majority of time, it proves to be entirely suitable for Roku streaming onto our den TV, even in HD. The parameter we had to pay more attention to was data cap. With binge watching Netflix over the weekends, we were bumping our heads on our 150 gigabyte limit pretty often, so we upgraded to a tier with 1 Tb data cap, that problem went away.
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Re: How do you determine what internet speed you need?

Post by Pajamas » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:44 am

I would go for 30 mbps and then upgrade to 100 only if the lower speed caused lagging watching video.

https://help.netflix.com/en/node/306
Internet Connection Speed Recommendations
Below are the internet download speed recommendations per stream for playing TV shows and movies through Netflix.

0.5 Megabits per second - Required broadband connection speed

1.5 Megabits per second - Recommended broadband connection speed

3.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for SD quality

5.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for HD quality

25 Megabits per second - Recommended for Ultra HD quality
Where they might get you is with the data caps.

If you don't use the Ultra HD quality with Netflix, then the 10 mbps service would be fine for you.
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Post by jebmke » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:45 am

We have 8mbs on a good day and have no trouble with periodic streaming - even HD.
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Re: How do you determine what internet speed you need?

Post by PFInterest » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:46 am

MnyGrl wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:36 am
I just cancelled my internet, home phone and cable account and plan to get just internet service with a different provider.

If your family uses a fairly average amount of internet service (no gaming, downloading large files, etc; just surfing web, perhaps one user watching Netflix at a time), what speed is appropriate? Up to now, with a family of three people we have had Verizon's 100/100 service for a while. Was this overkill? These are the choices I am selecting from, any ideas about what would be adequate?

INTERNET ONLY PLANS

$29.99/mo for 10 mbps
10 mbps ↓ and 1.0 mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
Setup: $75.00 (Includes professional install.)
Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo

$39.99/mo for 30 mbps
30 mbps ↓ and 3.0 mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $63.99.
Setup: $75.00 (Includes professional install.)
Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo

$59.99/mo for 100 mbps
100 mbps ↓ and 10 mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
Setup: $75.00 (Includes professional install.)
Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo

$79.99/mo for 300 mbps
300 mbps ↓ and 30 mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $104.99.
Setup: $75.00 (Includes professional install.)
Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo

$119.99/mo for 1,000 mbps
1,000 mbps ↓ and -- mbps ↑
Setup: $75.00 (Includes professional install.)
Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo
30 mbps is sufficient for HD netflix. however with kids in the house i think 100 will give you plenty of breathing room. we are fine at 50, to put that in perspective.
would rec buying your own separate router, modem. the monthly rental fees are a rip off and you get cheap hardware.

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Post by bloom2708 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:48 am

30 mb would be a great spot, but I really don't like "Promotional Rates". The concept itself just makes me shake my head.

"We want you as a customer, will give you this price, but a bit later you won't be as good a customer, so we'll put the price back to that much higher rate...". Ick.

Consider buying your own modem. The cable company should have a list of DOCSIS 3.0 modems they are compatible with. Buy it outright and save the $9.99/month. Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy. Once you settle on the modem (they all do about the same thing), then find the best price.

If the 10 mb price is static (not a promotional rate), then you should start with that. If you are streaming more than 1-2 HD streams, you will probably see some buffering issues. Having a good wireless router will be important. A newer A/N should be good. Single node Google Wi-Fi if you have a small house or add additional mesh nodes.

Is there any competition? DSL with fiber in your area?
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Re: How do you determine what internet speed you need?

Post by Northster » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:52 am

I would say at least 30, but it will depend on your provider. I have 60 through Comcast and with a wireless connection I have seen actual tested speeds as low as 18. I have had problems with Netflix on weekend evenings. I have the luxury of an ethernet connection and when I switched to that things improved. Lots of variables and I agree that testing things is a good idea. If you get 30 reliably delivered to your TV I think that is fine, but based on my experience I am not sure that will be enough.

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Post by mmmodem » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:54 am

It's 3 mbits per HD stream. I use that number as a baseline for each person in my home. If you watch 4k videos then it's 12 mbits per person. For three people, that means 9 mbits will be baseline sufficient. I'd go with 10 and upgrade if needed.
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Post by MnyGrl » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:54 am

Pajamas wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:44 am
I would go for 30 mbps and then upgrade to 100 only if the lower speed caused lagging watching video.

https://help.netflix.com/en/node/306
Internet Connection Speed Recommendations
Below are the internet download speed recommendations per stream for playing TV shows and movies through Netflix.

0.5 Megabits per second - Required broadband connection speed

1.5 Megabits per second - Recommended broadband connection speed

3.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for SD quality

5.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for HD quality

25 Megabits per second - Recommended for Ultra HD quality
Where they might get you is with the data caps.

If you don't use the Ultra HD quality with Netflix, then the 10 mbps service would be fine for you.
Yes, I am wondering about the data caps. I can't find that information for the Verizon 100/100 plan that I have. Most of the plans above say that they are 1,024 GB plans.

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Post by dbr » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:55 am

What you buy and what you get are two different things. Run a speed test on your devices. If you are wireless how well your router works is important. We had one computer that was just terrible until got we a router repeater in place in exactly the right location in the house.

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Re: How do you determine what internet speed you need?

Post by MnyGrl » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:58 am

bloom2708 wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:48 am
30 mb would be a great spot, but I really don't like "Promotional Rates". The concept itself just makes me shake my head.

"We want you as a customer, will give you this price, but a bit later you won't be as good a customer, so we'll put the price back to that much higher rate...". Ick.

Consider buying your own modem. The cable company should have a list of DOCSIS 3.0 modems they are compatible with. Buy it outright and save the $9.99/month. Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy. Once you settle on the modem (they all do about the same thing), then find the best price.

If the 10 mb price is static (not a promotional rate), then you should start with that. If you are streaming more than 1-2 HD streams, you will probably see some buffering issues. Having a good wireless router will be important. A newer A/N should be good. Single node Google Wi-Fi if you have a small house or add additional mesh nodes.

Is there any competition? DSL with fiber in your area?
It seems like if you are a new customer you are stuck with the promotional rate. I think to get the best prices you have to keep switching providers - I guess when this expires in a year I can go back and get better rates from Verizon.

You're right about buying the modem as opposed to renting, although if I keep switching providers I wonder if I could use the same one with different providers.

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Post by Pajamas » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:01 pm

MnyGrl wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:54 am

Yes, I am wondering about the data caps. I can't find that information for the Verizon 100/100 plan that I have. Most of the plans above say that they are 1,024 GB plans.
Verizon 100/100 FiOS generally doesn't have data caps.

If you need to increase your data speed, you can usually do that with no extra fee (other than the increased monthly rate) and a quick phone call. Ask about the details and how that might affect any special offers you have to make sure, though.

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Re: How do you determine what internet speed you need?

Post by MnyGrl » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:02 pm

MnyGrl wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:54 am
Pajamas wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:44 am
I would go for 30 mbps and then upgrade to 100 only if the lower speed caused lagging watching video.

https://help.netflix.com/en/node/306
Internet Connection Speed Recommendations
Below are the internet download speed recommendations per stream for playing TV shows and movies through Netflix.

0.5 Megabits per second - Required broadband connection speed

1.5 Megabits per second - Recommended broadband connection speed

3.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for SD quality

5.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for HD quality

25 Megabits per second - Recommended for Ultra HD quality
Where they might get you is with the data caps.

If you don't use the Ultra HD quality with Netflix, then the 10 mbps service would be fine for you.
Yes, I am wondering about the data caps. I can't find that information for the Verizon 100/100 plan that I have. Most of the plans above say that they are 1,024 GB plans.

UPDATED: It looks like the plans above are all capped at 1 TB. I think I can make that work. :sharebeer

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Re: How do you determine what internet speed you need?

Post by MnyGrl » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:08 pm

Northster wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:52 am
I would say at least 30, but it will depend on your provider. I have 60 through Comcast and with a wireless connection I have seen actual tested speeds as low as 18. I have had problems with Netflix on weekend evenings. I have the luxury of an ethernet connection and when I switched to that things improved. Lots of variables and I agree that testing things is a good idea. If you get 30 reliably delivered to your TV I think that is fine, but based on my experience I am not sure that will be enough.
That's good information, thank you! I wish they had a choice between 30 and 100.

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Post by bob60014 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:09 pm

Buy your own modem! Instead of the combo modem/wi-fi, I suggest a separate wi-if router to obtain better overall performance.

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Post by rgs92 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:11 pm

VZ FIOS was really slow even for normal surfing at 75/75 so I had to go with 150/150.

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Post by whodidntante » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:11 pm

I like to have a faster speed, so I can respond to market timing threads quickly. Just kidding.

I stream video, video conference, and work from home sometimes. I cycle promos. As soon as the current one ends, I call to cancel, and they give me a better deal for a year or two. I'm actually willing to cancel rather than pay an absurd rate, so if I ever stop posting you know they caught on to me. Currently I have 100/10 that is costing less than the lower tiers of service.

Since it is a shared resource for your family, I would get a faster speed than the basic setup. They might appreciate it.

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Post by Pajamas » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:18 pm

rgs92 wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:11 pm
VZ FIOS was really slow even for normal surfing at 75/75 so I had to go with 150/150.
Eh, something else was wrong if you were just browsing websites and had problems at 75/75, it wasn't the speed of your internet service.

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Post by MnyGrl » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:21 pm

rgs92 wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:11 pm
VZ FIOS was really slow even for normal surfing at 75/75 so I had to go with 150/150.
I have not been terribly happy with Verizon - switching back to Cox which was cheaper, faster and generally had fewer issues.

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Post by MnyGrl » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:24 pm

whodidntante wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:11 pm
I like to have a faster speed, so I can respond to market timing threads quickly. Just kidding.

I stream video, video conference, and work from home sometimes. I cycle promos. As soon as the current one ends, I call to cancel, and they give me a better deal for a year or two. I'm actually willing to cancel rather than pay an absurd rate, so if I ever stop posting you know they caught on to me. Currently I have 100/10 that is costing less than the lower tiers of service.

Since it is a shared resource for your family, I would get a faster speed than the basic setup. They might appreciate it.
I called Verizon a few times in the last week to find out more info about switching to just internet, but they gave me the runaround each time and so today I just asked them to cancel the whole package. They didn't offer a better deal but I was probably pretty angry sounding by that point - they had put me on hold like 6 times.

There are basically two players here, Verizon and Cox. So I'll just go back to Cox.

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Post by Dottie57 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:33 pm

I have 50mbps through Comcast. Everyone in the HOA receives the service which is paid through HOA fees.

I am happy wth the speed which is overkill for my use.

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Post by dbr » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:35 pm

Pajamas wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:18 pm
rgs92 wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:11 pm
VZ FIOS was really slow even for normal surfing at 75/75 so I had to go with 150/150.
Eh, something else was wrong if you were just browsing websites and had problems at 75/75, it wasn't the speed of your internet service.
That could be an example of a router problem. What is the actual tested speed? We were able to get a device to download at 2-3 mbps with 100 mbps service until we got the house properly equipped. Right now my ethernet wired PC is running at 80 mbps but wireless devices such as my iPad run at about 20-30 mbps. A different issue is how fast you can get cellular data. My iPhone seems to run around 10-20 mbps but I think I once saw 140 mbps, if that is even possible.

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Post by whodidntante » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:47 pm

MnyGrl wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:24 pm
whodidntante wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:11 pm
I like to have a faster speed, so I can respond to market timing threads quickly. Just kidding.

I stream video, video conference, and work from home sometimes. I cycle promos. As soon as the current one ends, I call to cancel, and they give me a better deal for a year or two. I'm actually willing to cancel rather than pay an absurd rate, so if I ever stop posting you know they caught on to me. Currently I have 100/10 that is costing less than the lower tiers of service.

Since it is a shared resource for your family, I would get a faster speed than the basic setup. They might appreciate it.
I called Verizon a few times in the last week to find out more info about switching to just internet, but they gave me the runaround each time and so today I just asked them to cancel the whole package. They didn't offer a better deal but I was probably pretty angry sounding by that point - they had put me on hold like 6 times.

There are basically two players here, Verizon and Cox. So I'll just go back to Cox.
If your intention is to negotiate while being willing to walk away, don't get angry. Just say "I'd like to cancel my service." Very often you'll be transferred to someone whose job it is to retain you at that point. When they ask why, say "the cost is too high." Be polite and respectful, not demanding. The underlying theme is they have an opportunity to keep you. Try to get them on your side, but be clear about what you want. You won't need to do a whole lot of talking.

The retention agent is normally incentivised to keep you, but at the highest prices possible. They usually have a deal that they offer right away to retain you. If it's good enough, take it. If not, then the real negotiation begins, and it might mean you have to part ways with the company. You might need to counter instead of just saying that's not good enough. Listen and feel it out. If competitors are offering a promo, know the terms of it.

It's not fun, but it's a profitable activity. I save several hundred dollars a year this way. I usually pay less than new customers.

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Post by Nate79 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:50 pm

We have 30/30 fios thru another provider and have similar usage as you describe (one streaming along with a lot of internet browsing). It is fine for our needs and we never notice any slow performance.

Also as others mentioned purchase your own equipment.

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Post by rec7 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:53 pm

i stream audio, video and surf at the same time on 5mb. Most of the time it works ok.
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Post by MnyGrl » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:57 pm

whodidntante wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:47 pm
MnyGrl wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:24 pm
whodidntante wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:11 pm
I like to have a faster speed, so I can respond to market timing threads quickly. Just kidding.

I stream video, video conference, and work from home sometimes. I cycle promos. As soon as the current one ends, I call to cancel, and they give me a better deal for a year or two. I'm actually willing to cancel rather than pay an absurd rate, so if I ever stop posting you know they caught on to me. Currently I have 100/10 that is costing less than the lower tiers of service.

Since it is a shared resource for your family, I would get a faster speed than the basic setup. They might appreciate it.
I called Verizon a few times in the last week to find out more info about switching to just internet, but they gave me the runaround each time and so today I just asked them to cancel the whole package. They didn't offer a better deal but I was probably pretty angry sounding by that point - they had put me on hold like 6 times.

There are basically two players here, Verizon and Cox. So I'll just go back to Cox.
If your intention is to negotiate while being willing to walk away, don't get angry. Just say "I'd like to cancel my service." Very often you'll be transferred to someone whose job it is to retain you at that point. When they ask why, say "the cost is too high." Be polite and respectful, not demanding. The underlying theme is they have an opportunity to keep you. Try to get them on your side, but be clear about what you want. You won't need to do a whole lot of talking.

The retention agent is normally incentivised to keep you, but at the highest prices possible. They usually have a deal that they offer right away to retain you. If it's good enough, take it. If not, then the real negotiation begins, and it might mean you have to part ways with the company. You might need to counter instead of just saying that's not good enough. Listen and feel it out. If competitors are offering a promo, know the terms of it.

It's not fun, but it's a profitable activity. I save several hundred dollars a year this way. I usually pay less than new customers.
That sounds smart. I have been successful in negotiating with other providers in the past but not Verizon. There are only two big providers here, maybe they figure they don't have to make a deal?

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Post by 02nz » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:47 pm

Sadly we pay much more for slower internet in the U.S., compared to other developed countries, because of lack of competition. Most areas have one, maybe two choices for high-speed internet access. If you're willing to change service (or "move," and the new "tenant" is someone in your household), that can help get you the lower promo rates. I have Cox as well and will say that in my experience their customer service is excellent, better than any other internet provider I've dealt with. The pricing isn't any kinder, of course.

For your situation I'd recommend starting out with 30 Mbps service. That's more than fast enough for multiple HD video streams (fast enough even for 4K, at least one stream). I wonder if 10 Mbps service would be too much of a slowdown compared to your previous service, such that family members would start complaining.

Definitely get your own cable modem and router rather than renting - $10/mo is too much, and it's probably crappy (especially the router part). I find that cable modems last forever - I have one from 2003 that works perfectly - but routers don't. They all seem to start crapping out after maybe 2-3 years. So I'd buy them separately - you're not likely to save much if anything by getting a combo unit. Any DOCSIS 3.0 modem will do (Motorola makes good ones and you can buy them used on eBay for next to nothing); for the router, you may want to look into Google Wifi or similar "mesh" systems if you have a big house.

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Post by Ged » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:59 pm

MnyGrl wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:36 am

If your family uses a fairly average amount of internet service (no gaming, downloading large files, etc; just surfing web, perhaps one user watching Netflix at a time), what speed is appropriate? Up to now, with a family of three people we have had Verizon's 100/100 service for a while. Was this overkill? These are the choices I am selecting from, any ideas about what would be adequate?

INTERNET ONLY PLANS

$29.99/mo for 10 mbps
10 mbps ↓ and 1.0 mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
Setup: $75.00 (Includes professional install.)
Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo

$39.99/mo for 30 mbps
30 mbps ↓ and 3.0 mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $63.99.
Setup: $75.00 (Includes professional install.)
Modem w/ WiFi: $9.99/mo
Gaming is actually a relatively low bandwidth activity. What is important there is the round trip time for the packets of information sent and received.

Netflix is your main consumer of bandwidth. Netflix has a page recommending bandwidths for the service you subscribe to:

https://help.netflix.com/en/node/306

According to this you should be ok with 10 mbps so long as you do not use more than 2 HD streams at once.

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Post by LiterallyIronic » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:08 pm

We have 5Mbps and it's fine. I can video game (even host multiplayer servers) while my wife watches Netflix. No problem.

But it's terrible for downloading games. For example, GTA V is a 65GB game. That's gonna take a long time at 5Mbps. So I simply bumped up to Google Fiber's 1Gbps service for one month and downloaded all my games (over 800GB of games) and then went back to the free 5Mbps tier.

Unless you're downloading large quantities of data, I'd unquestionably go with that 10Mbps tier option.

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Post by MnyGrl » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:30 pm

Thanks everyone for your help! This is enormously helpful.

I am going to go with the 30 Mbps. Apparently I can try it for 30 days and change packages if the speed isn't sufficient.

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Post by warner25 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:55 pm

MnyGrl wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:36 am
...we have had Verizon's 100/100 service for a while. Was this overkill?
Yes. With similar usage a few years ago, we lived easily with about 3Mbps download speed. The ISPs will say you need 50Mbps if you watch Netlflix, but it's not true. You can save money with Netflix by having single-screen SD too. My only concern with the $29.99 plan is the upload speed. If you back-up your photos to an online service, for example, 1Mbps is probably unacceptable.
LiterallyIronic wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:08 pm
...For example, GTA V is a 65GB game. That's gonna take a long time at 5Mbps. So I simply bumped up to Google Fiber's 1Gbps service for one month and downloaded all my games (over 800GB of games)...
This shouldn't amaze me, but it does since I haven't been paying attention. I remember clearly when, as a kid, new games crossed the 100MB threshold for required disk space, and it was a real problem for our home computer. Similarly today, I guess GTA V would basically fill my SSD by itself.

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Re: How do you determine what internet speed you need?

Post by Da5id » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:05 pm

30 MBit is OK for 3 people. A compressed HD video stream is about 2-3 MBits. Your needs won't be more than a few such.

A few comments from someone who went same way you did (internet only).

1) Buy your modem. It pays for itself in a few months. Your provider will have a list of compatible ones (I think they have to allow it).

2) When your deal ends, call and negotiate. Negotiation is much more successful if you have an alternative provider with an intro deal you can switch to

3) I have 250 mbits, it is good but not essential. 50 mbits (my previous value) was plenty

4) maybe too late, but you can keep your home number and port it somewhere. I did ooma, and like it.

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