I’m running a Motorola router, 16 Mb internet with Time Warner. I have
streaming from Netflix. I’ve got a wireless laptop, a Dell tower, an HP 8600Pro
wireless printer and internet phone on Ethernet cable. Do I have too much
bandwidth for these devices? They are not all on at the same time. Could I
lower the speed of my internet service say from 60 to 30 Mb to save money?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #90 I look at a system with a full 60 Mb of bandwidth that could
easily be cut to save money.
Too much bandwidth?
Well, first of all, given that I personally am bandwidth challenged with only 3 Mb, I am really hard pressed to say that there is ever such a thing as too much bandwidth. I would be thrilled to have the bandwidth you have.
With that little bit of grousing out of the way… No, 60 is more than you need. 30 might even be more than you need.
How much bandwidth do you need?
Most streaming, from things like Netflix, are going to work just fine with even significantly less bandwidth than that.
I know that I can (and regularly do) have my phone, many machines, with maybe one or two machines streaming standard definition (not high definition but standard definition) video at the same time on my 3 Mb connection.
You get the idea there – that there’s a lot that can be done with just 3 Mb.
More is great!
Now, do I wish I had more? Absolutely! Like I said, I can’t stream high definition video. If I had your 30 Mb connection, I absolutely could.
So, my guess is: Yes. You can save yourself some money if you’re not using all of that 60 Mb. Cutting it to 30 seems like a pretty obvious choice to me.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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