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Choosing a Plan.

Many Internet Providers Build Packages To A Budget. While a plan may include Unlimited Data the speed (bandwidth) may be sacrificed. Bandwidth is kind of like the road, the more lanes or Upload/Download there are the faster the internet is, but how do you know what you need?

Choosing the best plan means understanding how you use your internet.

different activities use data differently, the mixture of your activities will help determine the best connection for you.

a breakdown of uses:

  1. Video conferencing: Video conferencing tools like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Skype require a good internet connection to work properly. For a high-quality video conference, you'll need at least 5 Mbps (megabits per second) upload and download speed. However, if there are multiple participants or if you want to share your screen, you may need more bandwidth.

  2. Email and web browsing: Email and web browsing don't require a lot of bandwidth. Typically, 1-2 Mbps is enough for these tasks.

  3. File sharing and cloud storage: If you regularly share large files or use cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive, you'll need a decent upload speed. Uploading large files can take up a lot of bandwidth, so you'll want to make sure you have at least 5 Mbps upload speed.

  4. Online gaming: Online gaming can be very bandwidth-intensive, especially if you're playing fast-paced games with high-quality graphics. For a smooth gaming experience, you'll need at least 3-5 Mbps upload and download speed. Gaming is also very sensitive to network latency or Ping, commonly referred to as Lag. 

  5. Streaming video: Streaming video services like Netflix or YouTube require a lot of bandwidth. For standard definition (SD) video, you'll need at least 3 Mbps, while high-definition (HD) video requires at least 5 Mbps. If you want to stream 4K video, you'll need a much faster connection, ideally 25 Mbps or more.

  6. VoIP calls: If you use VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services like Skype or Google Voice for phone calls, you'll need a decent internet connection. For a good quality call, you'll need at least 0.1 Mbps upload and download speed.

All connections may form part of a larger group (pool) whose total usage may be restricted. There are premium and standard pools which is kind of like a Freeway on peak hour (Telstra) vs a Freeway off-peak hour (Vonex).

Please note that these bandwidth requirements are approximate and can vary depending on the specific Hardware, application, the number of users, and the quality of service you require. It's always a good idea to check with your internet service provider (ISP) to ensure you have enough bandwidth for your specific needs.

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