Ever wonder why sometimes your internet speed is slow and other times it seems faster. I always thought it had something to do with my internet service provider -- dang them! Why couldn’t they provide consistently good service all the time?
A few months ago, I was listening in on one of the NGL Techs who was doing some troubleshooting with a customer over the phone. The customer was having issues with slow speeds and intermittent internet connection issues. As part of the troubleshooting process, the Tech asked questions about the number and type of devices in their home. It turns out it was a family of four who all had their own cell phone, each had their own tablet or laptop, one hard-drive computer setup, and one television where they streamed Netflix -- ten devices that could potentially be accessing their internet service simultaneously! I had never really thought about the number of devices impacting my internet speed…..and that’s when I had my “A-HA” moment!
Let’s use the family of four scenario. If there was one person streaming Netflix or Hulu (approximately 6 Mbps), another checking their emails (approximately 2 Mbps), and two people on-line surfing (about 2 Mbps each), they would be needing approximately 12 Mbps. If this is a rare occurrence, then no big deal, but if this is an everyday situation, then you may need a larger internet package to meet your needs.
Other things to consider:
- If you have out-of-town visitors for long periods of time who want access to your internet for their cell-phones -- you would need to count these devices, as well.
- If your computer is more than 6 years old, it’s processing power slows your internet speed down while it tries to figure out how to operate.
- Subscribe to a package with a little higher speed than your actual needs.
Ultra Package - 20 Mbps
Gamer Package - 15 Mbps
Streamer Package - 10 Mbps
Basic Package - 5 Mbps
As for me, after listening to that call, I went home that night and assessed our internet usage -- there is only the two of us. Sure enough, as soon as I walked in the door, my phone connected to our internet, and my husband was streaming his favorite show on Netflix AND checking his email on his laptop. I knew immediately that if I even tried to get onto the internet via my laptop, it wasn’t going to be fast!
Moral of the Story: Too many devices spoil the speed!
For more information or if you need help with assessing your current usage, give us a call at NGL Connection, 307-288-5491.