What Wi-Fi speed is good enough? This simple question is a lot more difficult to answer than it might seem.
To start with, everyone uses the internet for something else, and certain Wi-Fi speed may be enough for one person but completely unacceptable for someone else.
Here are some general Wi-Fi speed recommendations for common online activities:
Email and Web: For email communication and casual web browsing, you need between 0.5 and 5 Mbps. The average website has around 2 MB, but some websites can be much larger than that. Keep in mind that web-based streaming services such as YouTube don’t have the same Wi-Fi speed requirements as regular websites.
HD-Streaming: For video streaming in high definition, at least 5 Mbps is recommended. If you plan on streaming from more than one device at a time, make sure to multiply this number by the number of streaming devices. If you would like to stream your own content for others to watch, your upload speed should match your download speed.
4K Streaming: Netflix, one of the most popular streaming services in the world, requires its users to have at least 25 Mbps for 4K streaming on a single device. With the Premium plan from Netflix, it’s possible to watch on up to four screens at the same time, which would require at least 100 Mbps.
Online Gaming: For a smooth, lag-free online gaming experience, you don’t need an excellent Wi-Fi speed, but you need a latency of less than 50 mbps. To reduce Wi-Fi lag, get as close as possible to your router, remove sources of interference, and, if that’s not enough, upgrade your router to take advantage of the latest Wi-Fi technologies.
Frequent Downloading: For downloading, the faster internet connection and WiFi speeds you have, the better.