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Dec 05, 2013

What internet speed is actually needed for most home users?

For “normal” home internet users, how fast does the internet connection need to be? I am getting upgraded to 6mbps, which isn’t particularly fast, but faster means more money. Would I see any difference for normal home use (things like netflix, google docs, general surfing, streaming music, etc.) if I went faster? I don’t want to spend more than I have to.

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Number6
12/06/2013

I’m sure some people will disagree with me, since for you connection speed as with money, more is generally better, I think around 10mbps will work well for almost everything except a lot of torrents. That said, 6mbps should be perfectly adequate for all of the uses you mentioned, and a lot of things that you didn’t. The FCC has a guide that basically says 4mbps is good for home use. 

 http://www.fcc.gov/guides/broadband-speed-guide

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Christopher Nerney
12/05/2013
I always think faster is better, but it all depends on your tolerance for delays. I hate buffering and hanging web pages. I'm in the information business, so those delays cost me work time. Just see how 6 mbps feels to you. It might be great, it might be good enough. If it's less than that, you either have to adjust your expectations or upgrade again.
jimlynch
12/05/2013
It's hard to generalize as everybody has different needs. You might want to try having them switch you to a lower or to the lowest speed. Then use it for a day or two. If it meets you needs then you can stick with the slower (and cheaper) speed.
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