Recommended Bandwidth for Best Experience Streaming

We love to watch movies and stream online videos right?

Frequently asked questions on internet speeds — What speed or Bandwidth do you need?

You know that your Wi-Fi speed matters. You may be wondering: how much internet speed do I need for online gaming? What internet speed do I need for Netflix? What is a good internet speed for working from home?

General home internet speed recommendations

How much speed do I need?

Good home internet speeds depend on what you use the internet for at home. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recommends internet speeds of 12-25 Mbps for families with multiple internet users or for frequent online streaming.

What is a fast internet speed?

The FCC has defined broadband, or fast internet, as internet with download speeds of at least 25 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 3 Mbps since 2015. Download speeds of at least 25 Mbps accommodate many families’ needs, but the best download speeds and upload speeds for you depend on how you use the internet at home. More than 90% of Allconnect readers who took our internet speed quiz stream TV daily, and more than 25% stream Ultra HD daily, which means fast internet speeds to them are closer to 100 Mbps.

What is the fastest home internet speed?

The current fastest home internet speed is 2,000 Mbps, or 2 Gbps.

Recommended internet speeds for streaming

How much internet speed do I need for streaming?

In general, to stream most videos in standard definition, you’ll need internet speeds of at least 3 Mbps. You need at least 25 Mbps for 4K streaming video on your computer or Ultra HD enabled devices. Some streaming services suggest faster speeds, such as Fubo TV, which suggests minimum speeds of 40 Mbps.

For Netflix, on the other hand, the minimum internet speed recommended for streaming is 3 Mbps, but recommended speeds vary by the quality you want to view.

To stream videos in standard definition, at least 3 Mbps is recommended.
To stream videos in HD, at least 5 Mbps is recommended.
To stream videos in HDR or 4K, at least 25 Mbps is recommended.

See the table below

Video ResolutionRecommended sustained speed
4K20 Mbps
HD 1080p5 Mbps
HD 720p 2.5 Mbps
SD 480p1.1 Mbps
SD 360p0.7 Mbps

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