Ideal ISP Speed; do most over pay for speed they do not need?
I am curious what others think about ISP connection speed. I currently have 30 Mbps but can buy up to 1 Gbps. The description of "ideal" connection speeds from my ISP state:
- Up to 10 Mbps download speed. Ideal for basic online use including light browsing and email. ($20)
- Up to 30 Mbps download speed. Ideal for basic online browsing, email, social networking, messaging and online banking. ($30)
- Up to 150 Mbps download speed. Ideal for streaming videos, downloading music and uploading photos. ($50)
- Up to 300 Mbps download speed. Ideal for HD streaming, live-action gaming, and 10+ household devices. ($70)
- Gigabit ($100)
I have researched bandwidth requirements and I just don't see how these statements are true, "ideal" or otherwise. Streaming HD video is typically 1-4 Mbps per stream, though I have seen references higher but all below 10 Mbps. (4K/8K video is an obvious exception.)
In practice, I have 30 Mbps and have never experienced a bottleneck with multiple simultaneous video and audio streams, in addition to many other devices connected, including home-office business-based Skype and Zoom web conferences and a business HD VoIP phone.
My "internet speed test" in Fing "powered my MLAB" always reports my internet as being in the "bottom" 25%. I assume that measurement is reporting my speed as being among the slowest households in the area, or most everyone else is connected at a higher speed.
The Fing app shows my connection as 1 star out of 4. Even that is misleading, as my actual experience is the opposite. My ping times to my ISP are under 10 milliseconds and VoIP "jitter" to my outside provider is excellent. (Most other internet sites are usually under 100 ms like Hulu and Yahoo.)
I pay about $25 per month (I bundle for savings). Many people I know have very fast connections, and they pay a premium for it. If I followed the advice of my ISP and went along with my neighbors, I might pay at least $45 and up to $75 per month more for something I do not need; that is $540 or even $900 more per year!
Do you know what I mean? [I guess we could be having this conversation about the top end speed of cars, I know.]
1.) Do you have (or advocate to family & friends) a high speed (100mbps+) internet connection?
2.) Have you upgraded your internet speed (like above 100 Mbps) to solve a specific bottleneck/bandwidth problem (other than 4K video) for a household connection?
3.) Do you think my ISP is misleading in their description of "household" needs?
4.) Do you think Fing is complicit / promoting this notion that the highest internet connection speed available is advantageous by displaying the four-star rating system in the "Internet speed test" part of the Fing app?
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