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Buying Too Much Internet Bandwidth

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wlan-303722_640.jpgOne area many people spend too much money on is Internet access. The thinking is faster is better, right? Not always. Unless you're in the habit of downloading huge files like Bluerays, 4K videos and the like, speeds over about 15-20 Mbps are usually overkill.

The typical person uses their Internet connection for general browsing, Netflix or similar service streaming, Youtube, social networks such as Facebook and email. Netflix recommends 5 megabits per second for HD video and 25 megabits per second for Ultra HD quality.

If you have a standard HDTV, you can get away with 5 Mbps, perhaps doubling or tripling it depending on the type of simultaneous Internet activities which occur in your household. Or if you have a 4K HDTV, 25-35 Mbps depending on your household.

Yet even with these recommendations, people are frequently paying 2 to 3 times more money for 50, 75, 100 and higher speeds. The thing to remember is most Internet providers don't lock you in at a speed. Try the lower speed for a month or so, and if it doesn't meet your needs, then fork out for a faster rate.

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