Why is your download speed so much faster than your upload speed?
Since most users spend much more time downloading (which includes viewing web pages or multimedia files) than they do uploading, high speed Internet providers have designed their systems to give priority to downloading. So if your upload speed appears to be slower than your download speed, this is probably expected.
That's a relative question. It depends on your needs. A broadband speed nowadays is defined as 25mbps download and 3 mbps upload. A connection around these speeds should satisfy the needs of almost anyone nowadays, provided that it is a good quality connection with little or no interruptions.
- Fast broadband is defined as speeds of 10 megabits per second (Mbps) or faster. Although the average connection speed declined nearly 10 percent quarter-over-quarter, Delaware, at 10.9 Mbps, reigns supreme as the state with the highest average connection speed.
- The average U.S. fixed broadband download speed was 64.17 Mbps (15th in the world) in the first half of 2017, while the average upload speed was 22.79 Mbps (24th in the world), according to data released today from internet speed test company Ookla.
- FAQ about the fastest internet speeds. Internet service with 4 Mbps download speed used to qualify as “high-speed” according to the FCC. In 2015, the FCC changed the standard to 25 Mbps. However, just because something is advertised as “high-speed internet” doesn't mean it adheres to the FCC's standards.
If you need a quick primer on what to look for, your connection speed will usually be something like, "Download speeds up to 20 Mbps and uploads up to 4 Mbps." Mbps means Megabit per second and refers to transfer speed. (Don't confuse Mbps with MBps, aka Megabytes per second. A MB is equal to 8 Megabits combined).
- Below are the internet download speed recommendations per stream for playing TV shows and movies through Netflix. To watch Netflix in HD, ensure you have an HD plan, then set your video quality setting to Auto or High. Titles will play in HD as long as you have a connection speed of 5.0 megabits per second or faster.
- Q: What does 150 Mbps and 300 Mbps Routers mean? A: 150 Mbps and 300 Mbps means the maximum wireless links speed the router can provide. It is the internal WLAN connection speed between the computer and the router, not the internet speed.
- BROADBAND SPEED CHECKER. For gaming, the upload speed is not that important, as this is how fast you can upload files to the internet. Focus instead on the download speed. If your download speed is below 10 Mbps then you're going to get lag in the games you're playing.
Often fast enough to stream a 720p high-definition video, and it's possible to download some videos within about 20 minutes at this speed. But 4 mbps can still be sluggish. 6-10 mbps: Usually an excellent Web surfing experience. Generally quick enough to stream a 1080p (high-def) video.
- 25 Mbps is the minimum broadband speed as defined by the FCC. 25 Mbps may be adequate for a single user or multiple users with light use. Demands are increasing, streaming a 4K movie from Netflix could eat up all of a 25 Mbps connection.
- *Mbps vs. MBps. Mbps: (Small "b") A megabit per second (Mbit/s or Mbps) is a unit of data transfer rate equal to 1,000,000 bits per second or 1,000 kilobits per second. 8 Megabits per second is equivalent to 1 Megabyte per second (ie. 8 Mbps = 1 MBps).
- In general, the more bits, the better. That said, each extra bit you add when expanding a compressed file will be less essential than the last. (Going from 64 kbps to 128 kbps adds more important data than going from 128 kbps to 192 kbps.)
Updated: 3rd October 2019