Glossary Definition for: Download Speed

Reported in either kilobits per second (Kbps) or megabits (equivalent to 1000 kilobits) per second (Mbps). This is a measurement of the maximum speed that data is able to flow to you from the speed-testing server. Speeds over 5Mbps give a good surfing experience, and over 20Mbps will feel awesome. Speeds under 1Mbps start to make the modern internet feel slow, and speeds under 500Kbps are painful.

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Download speeds have a particularly large impact on streaming audio and video. If the speeds aren’t able to keep up, you will experience stuttering, pauses and long buffering delays. If your speeds are below 500Kbps, don’t even waste time trying to use video sites like YouTube.

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