We think two of the biggest factors for choosing internet speed can be described in two ways; how many people are typically going to be connected to your broadband? And... how are you using it?
Here's a rough guide to the sort of speeds we think you may need:
- 3Mbps-10Mbps - you're 1 or 2 occupants, occasionally use your internet for light browsing e.g. to surf the web, stream music or stream films in standard or HD
- 11Mbps-35Mbps - you're 3-4 occupants; a student or family home when streaming films or videos you do so in 4K or UHD, internet users aren't necessarily all using the connection at the same time.
- 36Mbps - 60mbps+ - your home has 5 or more occupants; have lots of connected devices using the web simultaneously, use the internet for online gaming and often stream in high-quality resolution.
These are some examples, however generally, if you expect a lot from your broadband you may want to go for a higher speed to avoid any interruptions and consequently, frustration - buffering during that long-expected film or lag during your video game is never enjoyable, make sure you have the right speed for your requirements.