Is my internet speed enough??

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  1. GelleCC macrumors regular

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    I moved in to the apartment right next door to my brother. He and his roommate and my roommate and I would like to share our internet and tv bill (whoo college and finding cheap things!) Now my question is what is a good internet speed for us? We have 4 laptops (only one macbook :/ ), two ps3's and 3 smartphones that will be using wifi.

    I went to those "speed test" sites to check my download and upload speeds. One said Download was 22.48 Mbps and the other said 22.56 Mbps. Upload was 2.77 Mbps and 2.92 Mbps. So pretty close to each other. We have comcast TV and internet. Is this a good enough speed for all of us? I'm afraid that if we have All four laptops on and ps3's and phones, it might get slower. Should we get more bandwidth? The better question is would it be worth it to get a higher download speed? No one uses their laptops to play games, so we will just be surfing the web and hypothetically, doing some downloading...by some I mean a lot.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    If you're all downloading at the same time, your individual speeds will be slower. Whether or not this necessitates buying the next-higher bandwidth tier only you and the parties affected can decide.
     
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  4. phas3 macrumors 65816

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    well if you guys download things like hypothetically speaking gigabyte movies, if someone is using a nwz bin it will take all bandwidth. Unless you set a speed. Comcast has new speeds, can you guys get the 50mbps? The higher the better but you have to see if you guys can afford it. Me and my buddy are waiting for comcast to roll into our building or fios. I want something like
     
  5. GelleCC thread starter macrumors regular

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    fios would be great, unfortunately, they decided they didn't want to come out to where we live lol. And I thought 20 mbps was alot, but I was looking into it and 20 mbps is megabits per second, and not megabytes per second, right? So 20 megabits is really like..less than 3 megabytes per second because the whole 8 bits to 1 byte thing?

    I looked at the 50mbps and it is affordable, but i just don't know if it would be worth it. Right now, we can play both ps3's online just fine (someone said we were lagging, but one person only). So we can do that fine. But what if, hypothetically speaking, someone was downloading a 2 gig file and we wanted to play both ps3's in the meantime? Would that affect anything?

    Thanks!
     
  6. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816

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    If you are all streaming HD movies, playing online with the PS3s, and using your phones at the same time it might slow down. Id say 20Mb is plenty. Things will download so quick you wont even notice.
     
  7. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I don't care what you're doing. 22 Mbps is waaay plenty. Streaming movies, downloading torrents, playing Xbox, uploading papers, downloading software. Seriously, 22 Mbps is plenty for probably about 10 people.
     
  8. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Let's put it this way, on 7Mbps DSL I can stream Netflix to 3 devices (MB, iPhone, Wii) and download a torrent at the same time with no problems. 22mbps is plenty. You probably won't even get close to using that much.
     
  9. phas3 macrumors 65816

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    yes 20 megabits per second, it translates to around 2.5 megabytes. If someone was downloading a 2gig file, depending on the program they are using most of the time it will cap your speed. So the other things that are using the internet will be reduced to whatever is left. IF you guys can get a program that can cap the download speed then that would make 20mbps doable. But at the same time that download will take longer. I say go for the 50mbps.

    If I could get 50mbps I would do that, right now I use my mac mini as an home theatre center and everything I hypothetically download, goes strait to plex and ready to watch on my LED TV as soon as it's done. But with an 8mbps connection a 7gig download takes about 3 hours still.
     
  10. phas3 macrumors 65816

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    there's two kinds of thought here:

    One: 20 mbps is enough and im okay with waiting a couple hours for something to finish downloading.

    Two: SPEED MORE SPEEEEEEED

    Internet nowadays is not expensive, if you guys can afford 50mbps do it!
     
  11. OutThere macrumors 603

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    You should have plenty of bandwidth

    ...though if you wanted to make things really slick you could get an old Linksys wireless router from ebay, flash it with the right version of dd-wrt (http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index) and set up Quality of Service. With QoS you'd be able to give each device a limited share of bandwidth, and prioritize certain things (say, ps3 and skype) so that they always work well. A system like that would keep everyone happy and prevent one person with a torrent file from hogging the entire connection.

    http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Quality_of_Service
     
  12. GelleCC thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all the help! Now that I know it's enough, I don't think we are going to go for 50mbps. Even though it would be better, We really don't care if what we may or may not be downloading takes a couple hours.

    Thanks!
     
  13. yiyopr macrumors member

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    Dude, I manage with 2mbps!!!!! Internet providers don't like us here in Puerto Rico...
     
  14. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020

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    I get around 15-20 MBPS, but out of the other 3 in my family, I'm the only one who uses the Internet a lot, so I'm not sure how other speeds on other computers are affected when I'm downloading a torrent...
     
  15. samiwas macrumors 68000

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    My old roommate (years ago) was a serial torrenter......on wifi with dialup. He had a computer that he consistently added things to torrent. Weeks later, it would only be a fraction of the way through. I would constantly disconnect him because I couldn't even check email. ahaha
     
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  17. GelleCC thread starter macrumors regular

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    Lol. A serial torrenter. Sounds familiar. I'm the only one who will be doing most of the torrenting..if I did that sort of thing... But if I did it, it's only movies that I would be getting for my other roommates/neighbors. So, the big thing is just being able to use the internet and ps3's while one computer is downloading something. And sounds like 20mbps is going to be fine for that considering I don't download things very often.

    On a side note, has anyone been having difficutly buffering youtube videos? Occasionally, I'll go to youtube and I can watch things just fine while on few occasions, it just takes forever to watch a 1 minute clip. I'm sure it's on youtube's end, because I did a search on google and it showed several people having the same problem.

    Thanks for the help about internet!
     
  18. r1ch4rd macrumors 6502a

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    When I used to houseshare, the biggest problem was maxing the upload capacity when using bittorrent. Be sure to turn on a max upload speed in your torrent client. When your upload is maxed out then your down speeds drop significantly too (almost to a crawl).
     
  19. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    20 Mbps?!? I'd love to have that speed. Mine's currently 3 Mbps, and I have a feeling it's going to stay maxed out once I get the new :apple:tv and start streaming NetFlix. I may have to convince the wifey to bump it up to 6.

    samiwas, wow. WiFi dialup? And trying to torrent on it? Just... wow.
     
  20. samiwas macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, this was back in 2003/2004 with an original Airport Base Station...they had phone jacks. And this was before widespread hotel wifi. So the only way we could get online was dialup. And if we both wanted to be on...WiFi it was!
     
  21. Adam0306 macrumors regular

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    I would say that 20 is enough but I know that more speed is always good as long as you can afford it. I just got the ~20mb connection after coming from dialup so I am very spoiled now.
     

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