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3 tips for choosing the optimal Internet speed for your home

There are various DSL speeds (16, 50, or 100 Mbits/s) that can be selected to correspond to the number of people using it. All connections should also be as fast as possible (500 Mbit/s or 1 Gbit/s), but not oversized.

How fast should your DSL connection be at home? It depends. The bandwidth you need is different depending on what you’re planning to do with the line. Do you only check e-mails and post pictures on Facebook? Or do you prefer streaming high-definition videos, playing video games, and uploading large amounts of data to your cloud?

Below are 3 tips that will help while selecting an internet plan. DSL Regional has a guide to help you find the right speed for your needs.

1. Choose the internet speed that's best for you

The normal user

• The everyday surfer is on Facebook.

• As a normal user, you send e-mails.

• Normal users watch videos on Youtube and send small photos.

• As a normal user, you occasionally play online games.

(Recommended surfing speed: at least 16 Mbit/s.)

The multimedia user

• Would you like to receive IPTV in HD?

• As a multimedia enthusiast, you download large amounts of data from the web.

• Do you stream videos extensively on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Maxdome? Studies show that young people, in particular, use these services the most. To ensure the video quality is good, make sure your internet speed is enough to provide a fast connection.

(Recommended surfing speed: at least 50 Mbit/s)

the gamer

• As a gamer, download the latest games. Such downloads are often more than 100 GB in size - such as the game "Red Dead Redemption 2". So that this doesn't take several hours, the line has to be lightning fast.

• A one-time update is not the end of the story. Gamers need to update their games. Such updates are also large, often spanning several gigabytes.

• Gamers also value a low ping [1].

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(Recommended surfing speed: at least 100 Mbit/s)

2. Choose Internet speed based on the number of people and devices

The right internet speed can vary based on the number of users. If everyone in your family is constantly using the Internet at once, and all want different things, then the amount of bandwidth will be quickly depleted.

A household should select the following speed sorted by number of households

• Single households can handle a 16,000 line unless they are gamers or multimedia fans.

• For two or more people, we recommend at least a 50,000 line so that full HD streaming and larger downloads work without stuttering at the same time.

• Families with children should proactively choose a tariff with a 100,000 line. Then the children can surf the Internet, watch videos and Netflix and the parents can research without the line glowing.

• As soon as a company with several employees is involved, an Internet connection with 200 Mbit/s makes sense. Incidentally, the upload is also important here. Professionally, large amounts of data are often loaded into the cloud. Therefore, the upstream speed [2] should also be high.

3. Technology and Optimum Internet Speed

Despite a high bandwidth requirement, only slow Internet access can then be selected.

Anyone who orders a connection these days must therefore inevitably deal with the question of which technology is used. today there are other options for broadband.

What DSL is, how it works

DSL is a classic internet connection. The advantage is the high availability of DSL since DSL only requires a telephone landline connection. The available bandwidth depends on the length of the wire. Those who live in the country can therefore often only use 16 Mbit/s or less. In cities, however, it's more common to have DSL availability. About 2/3 of households in Germany get 50 Mbit/s maximum speed via DSL. The maximum transmission rate is limited to 250 Mbit/s (SuperVectoring) [3].

cable internet

If a person in Germany has broadband, they are most likely using a coaxial cable from a cable connection. With the standard DOCSIS, connection speeds up to 1,000 Mbit/s can be achieved depending on the company that provides their internet service.

glass fiber Internet speeds

Connections in Germany are being created by both known providers and regional providers. These connections are expensive, but private households have a connection at 1000Mbits/s when available.

LTE home

LTE is the fourth generation of mobile communications that can also be used for data in the home. Providers such as Vodafone, Telekom, and o2 offer wireless routers that are connected to their LTE network via a SIM card. Unfortunately, the monthly data volume provided is limited to what is available on smartphones. Despite this limitation, LTE is still a great technology to use when bandwidth from DSL is low and other technologies are not accessible.

Satellite internet and digital

Directional Radio and Satellite Internet do not offer the same connection speeds as fiber optic cables. These packages should be avoided for online gaming, video streaming, or cloud use, despite their low monthly costs.


[1] What is the ping?

If you want to get the fastest internet connection, it is important to have a fast ping. Ping is the measurement in milliseconds of how long data packets need from sender to recipient and back.

[2] What is the upstream?

Users often download films or software at a fast 50 Mbit/s with a DSL flat rate. With this speed, the upload is usually only 10 Mbit/s. To have files uploaded, users may save them in their online cloud.

[3] What is SuperVectoring?

To be able to use super vectoring, the Internet provider (Telekom) needs to modernize technology in its distribution boxes. This reduces disruptive occurrences when data is being transmitted through copper cables. Supervectoring is criticized because it delays the further expansion of fiber optics.

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