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Hello, you have come here for answers to all your WiFi queries!  

This blog will answer all of your WiFi-related questions, so feel free to skip to the question you want to answer (no hard feelings). 

What is Upload and Download speed? 

Upload and Download speed is a term that people might recognise as having something to do with the internet. It’s important to know what upload and download speed mean regarding how you use them. However, the general ‘speed’ depends on many things… 

What is upload speed? 

“My upload speed is bad!” but what is upload speed?  

Upload speed refers to how an internet connection can send data from your device to another device. In most cases, you upload data to an intermediary server that will then send your data to the END sever. There is a lot of information out there, and it can be overwhelming. Sometimes, we forget that uploading data on the internet takes a lot of power to do, too! Think about how many times you have posted videos to Facebook or sent pictures from your phone to friends? Uploading speeds are necessary for those actions every single time. 

If an upload speed is good, it allows us to do all sorts of things with our devices, such as post videos onto social media sites like Instagram and send photos from your device to another device user (i.e., a friend) who should receive them right away. If your upload speed is slow, it could take a while to upload even a small thing like a photo! Some of the bigger online activities require a large upload speed, such as posting videos, sending emails, uploading files, playing video games, video conferencing and hosting a live event. 

For example, you may have an upload speed of 100Mbps, so it would take a second to upload a file that is 100 Mb. If the file were 50 Mb, it would take half a second and so on. Be wary, though, as many factors could impact your speed, so you may not get the full 100 Mbps all of the time. (We will discuss this further on) 

Upload speed is different from download speeds which we will talk about in the coming section. Downloading files and photos can sometimes take hours, depending on how fast your download speeds are.  

What is download speed? 

“Wait, my download speed is 2 Mbps!” What does download speed mean?  

Download speed is the rate at which your device, typically measured in megabytes per second (Mbps), downloads files from a server. It’s important to know how fast your download speed is and why it matters. Download speeds determine how quickly you can downloads information from the web—whether that be pulling up a website or watching Netflix. All of this data comes from a server somewhere else in the world (or even just down the street), so download speed plays an essential part in making sure all of these things happen as they should when we’re online doing everything! 

For example, when watching a movie on Netflix, your device will be downloading each of the scenes in that movie to watch it. If your download speed is slow, you will see the buffering symbol Download speeds are typically higher than upload speeds and serve as how fast you can download files, photos, and videos from the internet. For example, how fast you can load your favourite YouTube video. 

What does MPBS Mean? 

The internet is a vast place that we all use multiple times per day. Internet speeds are measured in megabits and Mbps short for megabits per second. The higher the number your download speed is, determines how fast information can be transferred from one point to another over an online connection—whether you’re downloading videos or uploading them onto Youtube! 

With internet speeds, the higher Mbps your download speed is, the faster and better it will be. 

What is Buffering? 

“What is that symbol that keeps popping up when I watch something?” 

Buffering is when a video freezes for few moments or longer and then resumes playing after the scenes have been downloaded. Typically you will see this with videos that are streaming from the internet. 

If your download speed is slow, or if it’s constantly buffering, then we recommend upgrading to a faster plan, or there may be something wrong with your WiFi box or connection. Check out further down on how you can speed up your WiFi to stop buffering. 

What is the difference between Upload and Download speed? 

“Are upload and download speeds not the same thing?”  

I know it isn’t apparent but, upload and download speed are two different things, although they seem to be the same. Uploading is when you upload something to a server. So when you upload a photo on Facebook first, it has to be sent to a server. Then when it reaches that server, it is then (in most cases) uploaded to the site or your Facebook feed. Now, your upload speed will determine how fast that journey will take.  

On the other hand, download speed is when you want to watch something or download something online. So, for example, if you are watching a movie on Amazon Prime, your download speed will determine how fast the movie downloads in the background. If your download speeds are low, it may struggle to download the movie, and you might experience a lot of buffering. Download speeds are typically higher than upload speeds.  

What is more important, the upload speed or download speed? 

Uploading is much less work than downloading, and it’s why most of us don’t have to worry about our upload speed. When you’re on Amazon looking for a new hat, the browser downloads images and text and advertisements that pop up next to your search results while uploading just the information from links or buttons clicked by you. 

So download speed is the most important, but as I have said previously, it all depends on your situation. 

What is a good upload and download speed? 

“My WiFi provider says I should get 50 Mbps to download speed and 20 Mbps upload speed. Is that good?” 

A good download speed and upload speed depend on many different things. For example, if you’re a streamer or host conferences regularly and need reliable upload speeds, your speeds will need to be different from those just looking to watch some movies on Netflix.  

What is a good download speed? 

In the modern world, it’s important to have a reliable internet connection. A good download speed for most households is 10 Mbps per person but what this means depends on you and your needs, of course! If all you need is basic web surfing or email, then 10 Mbps will do just fine. 

However, life as we know it is going online, and as a result, our needs for fast, reliable WiFi are growing ever stronger. We all stream movies and our favourite TV shows every day; however, you may not realise, but streaming video is way more demanding than just surfing the web. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, and all the other streaming sites are some of the most bandwidth-intensive activities that people engage in daily. If you want to avoid a terrible experience with buffering, be sure your internet connection has enough download capacity to deal with several users streaming movies along with them using other devices!  

We know you’re looking for ways to get the most out of your internet connection, and we want to help. The How Much Speed Do I Need? Tool by HighSpeedInternet.com can show you how much download speed is right for you! 

https://www.highspeedinternet.com/how-much-internet-speed-do-i-need  

BEWARE! The tool is American, but it will help give you a rough idea of what speeds you need (No Sign Up Needed). 

What is a good upload speed? 

A good upload speed depends on many different things. For example, if you’re a streamer or host conferences regularly and need reliable upload speeds, your speeds will need to be different from those just looking to watch some movies on Netflix.  

A recommended amount of bandwidth would be 500Mbps-1000Mbps (upload) 100 Mbps-300Mbps (download). This obviously depends on what kind of usage you are planning to use it for. 

If you use your home network for work, school, or streaming regularly, older broadband types like ADSL’s low upload speeds will definitely be an issue. At the very minimum, find a cable provider that has high-end uploads between 25 Mbps and 50Mbps. Even better would be fibre – if it is available in your area at all!  

Fibre optic networks have symmetrical downloads/uploads, which means if you’re getting a 1 Gbps (1000 Mbps) connection, 1 Gbps upload and 1 Gbps download speeds simultaneously! 

COVID-19 has made the internet a vital resource for many households. The COVID outbreak had an unintended consequence of dramatically increasing upload traffic as people have to find new ways to live their lives at a distance. For those trying to maintain work, school and social connections without downtime due to COVID’s unpredictable nature, it is now clear that speed matters most – low speeds will become your bottleneck. 

Most people don’t need to worry about upload speeds when choosing an internet plan. They should make sure the download speed is sufficient for their needs, and if it is not, they can always upgrade or switch providers later on. Most broadband plans offer a 5 Mbps upload speed which is more than enough for most online activities: even 1.5 Mbps of ADSL’s maximum bandwidth still provides plenty of space in terms of uploading pictures, videos, music files, etcetera without any long delays or waiting periods. Uploading high-resolution photos requires a higher amount of bandwidth, though – cable modems typically have up to 50 Mpbs available, while DSL only offers 15Mbps max (with some exceptions). 

What is a Good WiFi Speed? 

As a rule of thumb, your WiFi speed should be as fast, if not faster, than the speed quoted to you by your provider. If it is not, you could be entitled to money back from your provider. It doesn’t matter how fast your internet connection is if you can’t get that speed to your actual devices. If we are paying for a 100mbps plan, and you are not getting those speeds to your devices, the router could be the reason behind the lack of speed.  

The Wi-Fi 6 standard is the newest and fastest wireless networking technology available, and it also offers other features you may not have been aware of. Multiple signal bands allow your devices to take advantage of high-speed internet connections with speeds up to 20Gbps (gigabits per second). Beamforming allows for a more focused connection between router and device, which can help improve range. MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple inputs, multiple outputs) lets more than one user share bandwidth without interference from one another to maximize streaming or gaming performance on their respective screens at once! 

Many Wi-Fi routers boast incredibly fast dual-, tri-, or quad-band technologies that simultaneously broadcast two networks. This means that all connected electronics can get maximum data rates no matter what they’re doing. However, don’t get too excited. 

These top-of-the-line routers can cost you an arm and a leg and maybe even some toes.  

How do I test my Download and Upload Speed? 

The easiest way to test your upload and download speed is to use Speedtest.net by Ookla, a popular internet speed testing site.  

https://www.speedtest.net/ar 

To start, make sure your device is connected to the Wifi. Download speed is the first thing that is tested then after upload speed is tested. 

Ookla also has an app for your phone or tablet that will let you test your upload and download speed at any time. BUT remember to switch off any other devices that are using the WiFi before running the test. If other devices are using WiFi, it won’t give you an accurate reading. 

What should be faster Upload or Download Speed? 

This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on what you are using the internet for. However, in most case, Download speed will be much higher. This is because usually, everyday people are not uploading massive files to servers. So if you are planning on doing that, then good luck! If you want to upload and download large files such as video or photos, then your best bet would be an upload speed of at least 20Mbps, with download speeds of 40-100 Mbps. 

If you want basic web browsing, then around 15 Mbps download speed will do the trick. 

What does Ping mean? 

Ping is used to measuring how long it takes for a packet of information to get from your computer and reach another device on the internet. A higher ping time suggests using an internet connection with more lag, which can lead to slower speeds when downloading content or uploading files. Ping time isn’t always constant–sometimes it changes. 

What does Lag mean? 

Lag is the term used to measure how long it takes for your computer or system to process a command. Lag can measure it in milliseconds (ms) and usually refers to pressing or clicking on something and seeing its effect happen on screen. Most people are used to experiencing lag during online video games where their game jitters and movements are delayed. Most gamers say it’s the most annoying thing they have ever experienced.  

What are the best Upload and Download Speeds I can get? 

This answer depends on these key factors. 

  • Where you live 

For example, If you live in the countryside, you are stuck. Because most fast wired connections have only been put in place in big residential areas, although fibre is being put in place throughout the UK, it might take a while to reach your street.  

If you don’t have fibre and want to know when it will arrive in your street, follow this link to check the availability https://www.openreach.com/fibre-broadband 

Most internet service providers (ISPs) offer upload and download speeds in megabits per second or Mbps. These are typically advertised as “up to” a certain amount, which means that the ISP only promises an average speed of this number.  

  • How much you are willing to spend 

If you’re on a budget, the more you spend on internet service, the faster your upload and download speeds will be. So it would help if you worked out how much data transfer is necessary for what you are doing. 

Should you pick the fastest internet plan you can afford? 

Every ISP offers several different plans, each with its own pros and cons and different download and upload speeds for each plan. If you’re in the market for a new one, which one are you going to choose? Do you always go for something that has as many downloads per second or megabytes per second (Mbps) as possible? For some people, this might be perfect, but what about if your needs aren’t quite so intense? 

The average home user and family is nowadays streaming a lot of things from the internet. In such cases, it’s more important than ever to have enough bandwidth available when needed and consistent connectivity throughout the day, especially for families with a lot of devices. 

Top Tip:- Many devices use up internet bandwidth even if the screen is not on. So if you want to watch a movie and it keeps buffering, try and switch all the devices you are not using to airplane mode or switch them off. This could help you get a better speed.  

What are the best Upload and Download speeds for online gaming? 

This, again, sadly depends on different factors. It depends on what type of games you are playing, as some require faster speeds than others. Typically, triple-A games like Battlefield 5 and Call of Duty Warzone will require top speeds to avoid Lag. This is because these games have huge multiplayer elements with hundreds of players playing in the same match. We recommend a good online gaming experience with an Upload Speed of 50 Mbps and a Download Speed of 150 Mbps – 300Mbps (remember only a recommendation). You may still experience bad lag if the connection to your device is not good, for example, if your Xbox is far away from your router. 

How can I make my Upload and Download speed faster? 

There are many ways that you can make your upload and download speed faster.  

One way is to get a better internet provider with more bandwidth. Many different providers offer fast speeds for both downloads and uploads at a variety of price points. If you have an unlimited data plan from your phone company, it may be worth considering switching if the new service has much higher. 

How can I increase the Range on my Router? 

The range of your router can be increased in a few different ways.  

One way is to get an antenna or repeater (sometimes called extenders). These devices will take the signal from the wireless router and repeat it outwards, increasing its range. Another option is to purchase a more powerful router or more routers by implementing a MESH system – this may not necessarily be cost-effective but will give you the best possible signal. 

Another way is to use Ethernet connectors. Using a wired connection can drastically improve your speeds and signal strength. A wired connection does have one big drawback though, having a big wire traipsing around your house can get really annoying.  

What can I do if my Provider doesn’t offer Fast Speeds? 

Don’t lose hope! If your internet provider just isn’t giving you what you need, then it may be time to find a new one. 

Try using Uswitch or Moneysupermarket.com to compare the best prices for you. 

How can I get Cheaper WiFi? 

You can reduce your WiFi cost by purchasing a long-term subscription with your providers not to have those monthly fees. Yes, it will be a high upfront cost, but it could sometimes be cheaper than a monthly cost. This obviously depends on ISPs as some may not allow for a yearly payment and a disadvantage to this is you can’t cancel or get your money back in most cases. 

Another way you can reduce WiFi costs is to get an unlimited data plan on your phone or a dongle. With 5G connectivity making mobile data even better, it might be worth looking into making it your main WiFi device and using the hotspot mode to give other devices a connection. This is only really viable if you have three devices or less, in my opinion, and if you are planning on gaming or uploading big files, then forget it. 

In Conclusion 

The internet is a place where we can forget the stresses of daily life. But it’s important to make sure that you have enough speed for your needs, or else you’ll end up paying more than what’s necessary! Elevate stress about upload speeds, download speeds and WiFi speeds with these key tips:  

– Find a provider who offers faster options and meet all of your requirements before signing them on; –  

  1. Check out reviews from people in similar circumstances as yours to see how they fared when choosing their service plan. 
  2. Check the quoted speed that they promise to provide to your area and compare it to the other providers. Then calculate which is more cost-effective by looking at Cost for Speed and decide if it is worth it.  

– Contact customer support if there are any issues down the line so that they may be resolved quickly once identified. You could get money back if their quoted speeds are not met! 

-If the provider is not providing a good level of service, think about moving. Yes, it is annoying changing providers, but some providers give incentives to new customers for switching to their plans, and plans for new customers can be so much cheaper 

-THE MOST IMPORTANT! If you have been with a WiFi provider for a long time, don’t hesitate to contact them for a better deal. Remember, these companies are worth millions, and you could end up saving up to, if not more than £20 on your monthly bill. 

– Upload and Download speed are different but related concepts.  

– The upload speed is the rate at which your computer sends data to a website or other destination on the internet. This can be measured in kilobytes per second (KBps).  

– Downloading refers only to getting information from one device onto another. 

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