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How fast should your Wi-Fi be? Streaming a single high definition video requires 10 Mbps of download speed. Multiple devices stack, so a typical 2 person household will want at least a 30 Mpbs download speed to allow for a speedy connection even with multiple devices playing video while others surf the internet.
Looking at speed test results, Ping is how quickly your requests to the internet are processed. Jitter is how stable your speed is. Any Packet Loss means your connection will be slower because not everything you send is making it to the server (a sign of an equipment issue or low-quality connection).
Most internet connections are affected by how many of your neighbors are watching Netflix, so you may find a test during the evening is slower than a test in the middle of the day.
If your eyes glaze over from the technical details, Asheville Digital Lifestyle can perform these tests for you, ensure your Internet and WiFi are in tip-top condition, and help update your gear if you don’t pass the speed test. Make an appointment today!
Jensen Gelfond is the Founder of Asheville Digital Lifestyle. He helps people use their technology more effectively and joyfully.