Internet providers frequently use the terms “bandwidth” and “speed” interchangeably. In fact, there is a subtle difference between them.
Think of it this way: data is traveling over the Internet cable like water in a pipe. Bandwidth, or the width of that pipe
- meaning how much information can pass through at once
- determines your connection speed!
While bandwidth may sound abstract and technical when discussing internet speeds with friends around town but without understanding what these terms really mean for improving video streaming quality on YouTube, Netflix HD playback capabilities etc., most people would not know if they were experiencing low definition pictures due an insufficient connection strength (low Mbps).
There are many different ways to describe the difference between bandwidth and speed. One way is by using a highway analogy: when there’s only one lane available for cars, then they can go at full blast without any competition from other traffic because very little else on that stretch of road will affect their journey; however with more lanes total (more data packets competing) it becomes difficult if not impossible due to congestion or slower speeds caused by heavy backups caused elsewhere in our system.
One even likens broadband networks as being similar too roads - how would you like travelling over just two feet? Imagine what your internet connection would feel like after those potholes start popping up! In order words:
|CITY||AVG. DOWNLOAD SPEED||NO. OF PROVIDERS|
|New York||534.4 MBPS||61 Providers|
|Alexandria||247.1 MBPS||22 Providers|
|Spring||217.6 MBPS||27 Providers|
|Silver Spring||206.3 MBPS||23 Providers|
|Nashville||202.4 MBPS||27 Providers|
|Austin||201.2 MBPS||49 Providers|
|Hialeah||197.1 MBPS||15 Providers|
|Raleigh||192.7 MBPS||20 Providers|
|San Francisco||187.7 MBPS||41 Providers|
|Dallas||186.3 MBPS||47 Providers|
|Baton Rouge||185.9 MBPS||21 Providers|
|Tulsa||181.6 MBPS||32 Providers|
|Fort Lauderdale||179.3 MBPS||24 Providers|
|Littleton||177.3 MBPS||27 Providers|
|Mesa||176.5 MBPS||21 Providers|
|Vancouver||172.1 MBPS||19 Providers|
|Pittsburgh||171.9 MBPS||27 Providers|
|Oklahoma City||171.2 MBPS||37 Providers|
|Miami||169.9 MBPS||31 Providers|
|Houston||169.5 MBPS||46 Providers|
What Does Mbps Mean?
The speed of your Internet connection is measured in Megabits per second (Mbps). It doesn’t matter if you know what a “bit” means so long as the range on offer will fit for any application, from 1 Mbps all up to 1000+ MBps. The upper limit 25MBps – or even higher speeds depending where one lives and their needs- may be enough these days but it still pays off research before signing up with too little bandwidth available when new devices come out every day that require constant data transfer such as game consoles etcetera.
What Is Latency and Ping?
Latency refers to the time it takes for data on your connection to be transmitted. When you visit a website, all that information has travel from remote servers and reach your computer--the amount of delay this causes can affect how smoothly things run at times when using these services as part of everyday life online!
Latency: the “Long Distance Call” Metaphor
Internet latency is the same phenomenon as lag on a long distance phone call, just with data instead of voices. When you are trying to talk over somebody else and hear their response at exactly when they finish speaking or before it begins echoing in your ear like an echo sounding delayed due only for lackadaisical reception quality between two points; this results from having low speed because one connection has been set up far away while another close by would be optimal since people move around every day according certain patterns which may have changed recently making some locations slower than others depending upon where these folks live geographically speaking!
How much bandwidth is enough?
Finding the right Internet Service Provider for your household can be a difficult task. It’s important that you find an ISP with enough bandwidth and speed so everyone in your house has access to reliable service, but it's also necessary make sure they offer competitive pricing which keeps costs down! To learn more about how much network coverage will work out best for what size home or business space please visit our calculator tool here on this page."