When we talk about Internet speed, we’re generally talking about download speeds; most people want and expect fast downloads. That’s how we stream content and download movies. For travelers on the run, that’s especially important.
The following stats reflect download speeds and explain what it is required for various tasks.
- 2-4 mbps: Enough for casual Web surfing, including checking email. Can be enough to stream a standard-definition video, but airports with speeds this slow usually don’t recommend passengers stream video or download content.
- 4-6 mbps: Will provide a good Web surfing experience. Often fast enough to stream a 720p high-definition video, and it’s possible to download some videos within about 20 minutes at this speed. But 4 mbps can still be sluggish.
- 6-10 mbps: Usually an excellent Web surfing experience. Generally quick enough to stream a 1080p (high-def) video.
- 10-20 mbps: More appropriate for a “super user” who wants a reliable experience to stream content and/or make fast downloads.
- 20+ mbps: Appropriate for what is called the “pro-sumer,” people who want to run a lot of applications at once, usually for business reasons.