Sundip wants to know how much bandwidth he should have. Leo says that it's obviously the most you can afford, but the thing is that the more you get, the more you tend to use. Download speeds tend to be faster than upload speeds with streaming video and other uses. But we're now seeing uploads on the rise as people work and do school from home via video conferencing. So an asymmetrical download speed is becoming the norm.
Jessie wants to know if hotspotting on her phone costs her more money. Leo says it depends on your carrier, but most are including it in the overall service now. It will count against your data though. Even if you have unlimited data, after a set amount, the data bandwidth may slow down.
Peter gets a Gig up and down with Fiber. Leo says he probably doesn't get that all the time. Would he get that with WiFi and a mesh router? Leo says if all devices are WiFi 6, maybe. But everything has to be wifi compatible. The thing is, WiFi 6e is right around the corner, so it's probably a good idea to wait. Leo had the Orbi with WiFi 6 and it was only 10% faster. Not really worth the extra expense.
Daisy is having trouble with slow internet. Leo says to run SpeedTest by google and see how fast your connection is. There's also Fast, which is a connection test for NetFlix. Also, make sure you're not too far away from your router. If you're more than 100 feet away, that's going to slow things down. Also, too many walls between your router and your laptop can cause issues.
While on Zoom, Karen has an issue where her image freezes while her audio stays the same. Leo says a slow internet connection can cause that. She had Spectrum come out and replaced the modem and router, and that's when it started. Leo adds that it could also be an issue with her webcam. Check using Facetime. If it freezes there, then it's not Zoom, it's a wider video issue.
Dee Dee is going to buy a new RV called the Thor Outlaw, and it comes with a WiFi booster. What does she need in between her computer hardware? Leo says that it's a Weingard WiFi extender and 4G hotspot. So she won't really need anything in between it and the computer. But she will need her own internet access that the Weingard will act as a gateway to. Leo says Dee Dee's choices are basic cellular carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon. Then she will put the SIM in the Weingard. Watch their videos though, to see.
Larry has a good home network but he wants to create a media hosting website. Leo says the first thing he has to check is if the ISP will allow it. Likely, they don't unless he subscribes to business class internet service. He'll also need symmetrical upload. He also needs a single board computer. Leo says the ODroid is an interesting idea. It's about the size of an Altoids tin with a ton of horsepower.
In these tough times, everyone is using the internet to watch videos online since there is often nothing better to do. However, if you do not need to watch a video in the highest resolution available, try to tolerate a slightly lower clarity in order to save some bandwidth for others. Videos like podcast discussions, news shows, and vlogs can arguably be viewed just fine in 480p or 720p.
Gordon cut the cord in favor of streaming through Verizon. After he did that, his streaming speeds plummetted. But it doesn't with his computer. Leo suspects that the issue is due to the WiFi connection to the TV. Most TVs have terrible WiFi radios in them. Leo recommends having a wired connection to television. Use a streaming box, like a ROKU to handle the WiFi and then connect wired to the TV. Another option is to get a MESH Router.
Grover isn't happy with his internet service through his cable provider. What are his options? Leo says that bandwidth is shared in the neighborhood. If he lives in an older neighborhood, the internet may be slower because there isn't enough bandwidth to go around. Newer neighborhoods may have laid down more cable and as such, faster internet. Leo recommends going to DSLReports.com and entering the zip code. This will tell not only what is available in the neighborhood, but reviews from neighbors will also show.