It can be easy to get carried away when choosing something like the speed of your internet. When you look through your provider’s listings, often going directly to the best DirecTV packages, bypassing the lowest options, you may think that you need the highest-speed package available. After all, you regularly rent movies on iTunes, steam them on Netflix, and keep all of your music and important documents in the cloud. Maybe you just want your Facebook News Feed to refresh at record speed, but do you really need it to?

Choosing an internet speed.

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Choosing The Right Speed For You

Choosing the right internet speed may seem like an easy task, but in reality it isn’t. Many areas offer a huge range of internet speeds, with some that are specifically designed for use by businesses with high uptime requirements.

The most important thing that you need to remember is that too much speed is still too much. Yes, you may benefit from having that extra speed, but in all likelihood you won’t even notice the difference.

Instead of doing what everyone else does and just picking an internet package that seems like the right price, think about what you’re going to use it for. Do you really spend that much time streaming movies and video to watch right away? Is that video high definition? If so, then you will need about 4 Mbps, and maybe a little bit more to handle some of the other things that you want to do around the house.

If you have a larger family and there are multiple internet users, then you could need a much larger amount of bandwidth, so your internet needs could reach to 10-20Mbps or even further. If you have a gamer in the house, expect to add another 2-6Mbps for their needs.

Don’t Go Overboard

Let’s say that you did the math and assumed that at the most you would be streaming two movies at a time. From there, you added another 50% to your bandwidth needs to account for web browsing and other tasks. This gets you to 12Mbps of speed, but when you look online you see that you can get a 30Mbps package for only another $20 a month. Is it worth it?

If you can afford the extra money per month, and you really want everything to run quickly then feel free to upgrade, knowing that it isn’t really necessary in the end. If you are streaming a movie, then it might download faster. Games will end up running faster and with less lag, and your internet will be a little faster, but it won’t be as noticeable as the downside of signing up for slower internet than you need, or leaving a broadband upgrade off of your moving checklist altogether. Make sure that you have what you need for internet speed, and maybe a little more, and you will have a great browsing experience when you move into your new home.