Minimum internet speed required?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by RedCroissant, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. RedCroissant Suspended

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    Hello everyone. I'm trying to decide wether or not to switch internet providers and need some help. I am currently signed up with Coxand (thanks to a promotion) my 18Mbps up/4 Mbps down I am paying $44 per month for internet only.

    My question to everyone here is: Which speed would be best for my usage?

    My usage: 2 iMacs, Macbook Pro, AppleTV2, iPad2, and two iPhones use the wireless network I set up with my Airport extreme and one of my macs has my media library that I stream to my TV. My wife and I aren't power users, but we are online students, use email, social sites, Netflix streaming, basic surfing for the most part, airplay/mirroring.

    Cox is offering the following: 27Mbps/6Mbps, 18/4, 3/384Kbps

    CenturyLink:40/5, 20/5, 12/5, 7/5, 1.5/896Kbps

    I just want to know if I'm paying for a service that I am fully utilizing. Thank you in advance.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There is no "right answer" to this, as it's very much a personal preference. Regardless of how much you use the internet, what speeds are you satisfied with? Many people could still operate with a slower internet connection, but they would be frustrated by having to wait longer for some things. Choose whatever service provides a speed you can live with at a price you can afford.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Netflix needs the most speed of what you do, and you could get away with the 3/384K from Cox or the 7/5 from CenturyLink if it is cheaper.

    Airplay/mirroring is done on your internal network, you don't need a fast Internet connection for that, just a fast wireless router.
     
  4. RedCroissant thread starter Suspended

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    I know there isn't a right or perfect answer, and I have no problem waiting a little bit longer for things to load up. But given my usage, I didn't know if there was a minimum that my usage requires.

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    So I guess this might be pretty obvious, but would you say the higher speeds are mostly designed for online gamers/torrent users/ and network guys as opposed to the average internet user like me and my wife?

    I also put Netflix in there because I do like to stream video from websites like ABC on my iPad and mirror to the AppleTV2. I also have the wireless extreme base station from 2009.
     

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