When was the last time you upgraded your wireless network infrastructure? If you are part of a large organization or a company that holds events, the question becomes far more important. If you answered that it has been several years it might be time to upgrade. Why? Because having fast internet connection matters. The modern reality that having fast internet speed for events and meetings has now become essential rather than something that was merely nice to have. This is due in part to attendees often having two or three devices that need to connect to the wireless network infrastructure. While questions like how much speed do you actually need and the cost of a high bandwidth wireless network are important, this article will look at why fast internet actually matters, what is a good internet speed as well as what you can do to improve your internet connection.
Why Does Having Fast Internet Connection Matter?
Easier Media Sharing
Considering we are living in a world where social media platforms are taking most of our time during the day, having a fast internet connection changes the game. If you are an avid social media user or running a business on social media, you can share pictures and videos easily with fast internet speed. Having a fast internet connection also makes viewing content on social media easier since you don’t have to wait for a video to load.
Better Remote Working Experience
If you are working from home, you know the struggle. Not having a reliable internet connection can ruin an entire workday, cause you to get behind schedule. Reliable and fast internet speed makes remote work much easier, allowing you to focus on your work and not worry about the internet connection. You can easily share and download files, save time and be more productive.
Freeze-Free Video Conferences
With remote and hybrid work models, online calls and video conferences have become more frequent. Video conferences are the easiest and the fastest way to bring all the employees together no matter where they are. However, slow and unreliable internet connection often causes freezing during video conferences which can be counter-productive. Fast internet speed allows you to have a better video conference experience with no freezing.
What is a Good Internet Speed?
Depending on the uses of the internet, the internet speed requirements can change. Certain download and upload speeds can be enough for a person who only surfs the internet however it may not be enough for someone who is working remotely and constantly sharing files. Then, what is a good internet speed?
Generally speaking, a good download speed for an average internet user would be at least 25 Mbps while the upload speed would be at least 3 Mbps. Considering how an average person uses the internet, 25 Mpbs would be enough to watch movies and tv series on Netflix, play online games or attend video conferences on one or two devices.
However, depending on the work you do or the way you use the internet, this internet speed may not be enough. You might be working remotely and dealing with large file sizes or you might be streaming. You might also be a business owner and need to provide a fast internet connection to all your employees as well as your customers. In that case, you will need a faster internet connection and higher download and upload rates.
How to Have Fast Internet Connection?
When looking to provide temporary internet service for events or meetings multimedia presentations, large screens, and live broadcasting options demand higher speeds than what was needed in the past. On top of that, they will need access to email, social media, and even live-streaming services which place further demand on the wireless network.
While what individuals want places demand on the bandwidth available it is the hardware installed by you that will be providing the necessary bandwidth. With that in mind hardware impacts speed, for instance, routers that are a few years old will not be able to handle speeds more than 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps of speed.
More Hardware Considerations
How fast your Internet is is not solely dependent on your router. Data throughput, latency, wireless interference, and the device used to access the wireless network are all important considerations. The data throughput is the speed at which data travels within your network and to the Internet, measured in megabytes per second (Mbps) the higher the speed value the faster large files can be sent, and the quality of streaming high-quality video can be maintained.
Latency is often described as the time taken for data to reach its desired endpoint. It ultimately determines the responsiveness of your connection. If you are waiting to connect to a website or server, latency is likely the issue. The wireless interference is impacted by the number of devices connecting to the same network. If you run a conference center, for example, visitors will likely be connecting to your network, if not properly prepared for data throughput and latency can be experienced as devices are competing for the signal.
Lastly, the devices used, this is often out of the business owner’s control because you do not dictate what devices will be connecting to your wireless network. If the computer used to connect to the network is slow, thrust and responsiveness will be slow. As mentioned above this is one factor that is out of the event’s control but is worth remembering when troubleshooting.
While there are several factors that can impact your internet speed, the demands of modern internet use mean that businesses need to provide fast internet. This trend is expected to continue as the demands of live streaming are increased and people want those streams to be of high quality.
Ananya Prisha is an enterprise level Agile coach working out of Hyderabad (India) and also founder of High Level PM Consultancy. Her goal has been to keep on learning and at the same time give back to the community that has given her so much.