What Does MBPS Mean? What Internet Speed Do You Really Need?


Choosing the right internet provider could become a difficult task, especially if you don’t have a basic understanding of the term ‘Mbps’. The acronym Mbps stands for megabits per second and your internet connection will be faster if you have a higher amount of Mbps. So, when choosing a provider, you must keep Mbps in mind.

As you’ve already guessed, Mbps represents a sure way of measuring the speed of an internet network. But let’s dive right into a more profound understanding of the term:

Any content from the internet uses data measured in megabytes

Mb also helps us understand how we must measure how fast our files will download via our internet connection.

A basic rule is that the megabytes (MP) that any type of file from the internet uses is not the same as the megabits from Mbps. Here’s the difference:

  • 1 megabyte (MP) = 8 megabits (Mb)
  • Also, you must keep in mind the following fact:
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1,000 megabytes (MB)

Obviously, people who download many HD movies and high-end games will need more Mbps than those who just need to send emails and use social media apps.

How many MBPS is good?

There’s no telling for sure what internet speed is the best suited for every person, but the first move you should make in order to determine your internet connection, and see that you’re getting enough bandwidth, is a tool such as Fast.com.

If, for instance, you would like to stream video content in the 4K format, and connect multiple devices to your network at the same time, you must consider aiming for faster download speeds. 200 Mbps should work in this case for most users. You’d also need a faster internet connection if you intend on using cell tracking apps, as they constantly relay data for you to access through a dashboard.

You don’t need too much speed

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Of course, the majority of people are aiming for the fastest internet speeds possible, but sometimes it’s just no use pumping up your devices too much.

Internet speeds depend on what the customer is doing with their computer. Providers that offer 100Mbps should typically be sufficient for users who regularly make video calls and who use their computers to work remotely, which is a scenario many of us are finding ourselves in during the pandemic.

Christopher Mitchell, who is the director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Minneapolis, declared, as quoted by tomsguide.com:

“Anything over 10 Gbps to a home user is pretty likely overkill,” he said. “Only a few networks in the U.S. do 10 Gbps. A gig everywhere should be a goal — not because people will max it out, but because it will ensure everyone can do what they want without worrying about the network being the bottleneck.”

Beware of multiple devices connected to your network

The higher the number of devices simultaneously connected to your network, the slower your connection will perform. Thus, we should keep in mind these other statements made by Mitchell which were published on tomsguide.com:

“Internet connections serve households or businesses that have multiple users that each have multiple devices (sometimes more than 10 per person, ultimately),

“They create congestion in unexpected ways — you may not need a 100-Mbps connection most of the day, but when you need it, you want it there. Much like a car can go 100 mph, but we rarely drive it that way.”

Ultimately, the internet speed a user needs is completely dependent upon his or her own desires. Only a certain amount of megabits can arrive through your computer or device every second, meaning that it will always take some time to upload or download certain content.

Feel free to share with us in the comments. What’s the best internet speed that works for you and why?

About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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