Use the chart below to compare minimum download speed (Mbps) needs for light, moderate and high household use with one, two, three or four devices at a time (such as a laptop, tablet or game console).
You can also compare typical online activities with the minimum Mbps needed for adequate performance for each application by using our Broadband Speed Guide .
For more information on broadband speeds, see our Measuring Broadband America report .
(Basic functions only: email, web surfing, basic streaming video)
(Basic functions plus one high-demand application: streaming HD, video conferencing, OR online gaming)
(Basic functions plus more than one high demand application running at the same time)
|1 user on 1 device (e.g., laptop, tablet, or game console)||Basic||Basic||Medium|
|2 users or devices at a time||Basic||Basic||Medium/Advanced|
|3 users or devices at a time||Basic||Basic/Medium||Advanced|
|4 users or devices at a time||Basic/Medium||Medium||Advanced|
Basic Service = 1 to 2 Mbps*
Medium Service = 6 to 15 Mbps
Advanced Service = More than 15 Mbps
*Mbps (Megabits per second) is the standard measure of broadband speed. It refers to the speed with which information packets are downloaded from, or uploaded to, the internet.