How fast is your Internet connection?
The next biggest thing to worry about is your Internet connection to your device itself.
Netflix recommends you have at least a 5Mbps (Megabit per second) stream to support HD video.
- 0.5 Megabits per second – Required broadband connection speed
- 1.5 Megabits per second – Recommended broadband connection speed
- 3.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for SD quality (420p)
- 5.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for HD quality (720p or 1080p)
- 25 Megabits per second – Recommended for Ultra HD quality (4K UHD)
This doesn’t mean your overall Internet speed from your internet service provider (ISP).
More devices = more bandwidth
My internet connection, for example, is Brighthouse’s Lightning at 35 Mbps – or 35 Megabits per second. That’s the speed in to my home.
From there, it goes in to my router, which then sends it out to a wired PC and wirelessly to a Chromebook, three smartphones, two tablets, two Android Wear watches, two wireless printers, a Western Digital MyCloud NAS and a gaggle of streaming media devices.
All of these devices are accessing the network, talking to each other.
So how much of that 35 Mbps do you think is getting to my TV screen when I’m trying to watch Daredevil in 4K?
I admit, I’ve got more than my fair share of devices on my network. But, I hope this shows you just how easy it is to slow down your network speeds.
Make sure you’ve got an Internet connection that is fast enough to support all of your devices, and a router that won’t get bogged down directing all of that traffic.