About Us

IT Services

Understanding IT

News & Events



Contact Us

  • Register

Alternative IT Solutions Blog

Tech Term: Bandwidth

Tech Term: Bandwidth

Here’s a question we want you to take a second to consider...How much do you rely on the Internet? The answer for almost everyone is that it is essential to your current quality of life. Technologies have been developed, industries have been launched, and literally billions of people use it every day, making it one of the predominant inventions in human history. At the heart of this phenomenal technology is bandwidth.

The term bandwidth, in the context of the Internet, is the volume of information per unit of time that a transmission medium can handle. Simply put, the larger the bandwidth your connection has the faster the data can move through the medium. Bandwidth is measured in the amount of data transferred per second, specifically megabits per second (mostly written Mbps or Mb/s). Megabytes, written MB is not typically used in measuring bandwidth as a connection that is advertised as 15 MB is actually 1.875 Mbps since there are eight bits in every byte.

Most Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, will sell packages of a certain megabits, but if you really want to ascertain the bandwidth your computer is running on, your best bet is to use one of the numerous Internet speed test sites like the one at speedtest.net.

The best analogy, and the one that we’ll use, is that of plumbing. It’s said that data is to available bandwidth as water is to the size of a pipe. As bandwidth increases more data can be transferred through it, just as a larger pipe passes more water. Increasing bandwidth, or finding a larger pipe, will allow for even more data/water transfer. For the average user that only uses a couple of apps, a web browser, and doesn’t stream media, a small bandwidth connection will work fine. For tech-savvy families or very small businesses that have multiple devices connected to the Internet at once, they will find they will need more bandwidth to do the things they want to do seamlessly. Larger businesses will need enterprise-level bandwidth of multiple hundred Mbps.

Your Internet connection isn’t the only place where bandwidth comes into play. If you have a website, you will have to pay for a bandwidth level that is commensurate with the traffic and data interaction. In many cases, the more bandwidth you need, the more you will need to pay for hosting.

For more information about technology terms that confuse you, visit our blog, or contact our technology professionals at (0)20 8498 4300.

What is Nanotechnology, and How Can it Be Used?
How to Properly Assess Your Technology Needs


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Thursday, September 20, 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Best Practices Cloud Business Computing Privacy Network Security Email Data Backup Tech Term Hackers Malware Google Innovation Outsourced IT Mobile Devices Microsoft VoIp Cloud Computing Managed IT Services Managed IT Services Hosted Solutions Software Data IT Support Internet Data Recovery Android Communication Hardware Efficiency Backup Internet of Things User Tips Small Business Saving Money Ransomware IT Services BDR How To Cybercrime Cybersecurity Artificial Intelligence Alert Smartphones Communications Network Browser Applications Productivity Business Management Business Continuity Data Protection Mobile Device Management Data Security Computers Router Chrome Money Gadgets Windows Collaboration Smartphone Windows 10 Phishing Two-factor Authentication Telephone Systems BYOD IT Management Business Intelligence Word Disaster Recovery Spam Workplace Tips Connectivity Office 365 Social Media Save Money Remote Monitoring Social Engineering Server Vulnerability Identity Theft Managed IT Business Facebook Holiday CES Settings Credit Cards Password Mobile Device Private Cloud Law Enforcement Servers Content Management Passwords Redundancy VPN Workers Website Miscellaneous Paperless Office Wi-Fi Value Comparison Blockchain Employer-Employee Relationship Upgrade IT Plan Document Management Work/Life Balance Unsupported Software App Networking Compliance Windows 7 Budget Information Avoiding Downtime Encryption Data Storage Computer Data Breach Training Update Operating System Mobile Computing OneNote Microsoft Office Apps Bring Your Own Device Managed Service Spam Blocking Infrastructure Firewall Virtual Assistant Sports Virtualization Smart Tech Windows 10s Telephony NIST Downtime Excel Augmented Reality Mobility Evernote Charger Multi-Factor Security Recycling Physical Security Knowledge Mobile Google Docs Theft Authentication Audit Unified Threat Management Telephone System Staff Smart Office Data loss Conferencing HVAC Cryptocurrency Samsung Cache Root Cause Analysis Tip of the week Office Tips Leadership Remote Worker Software as a Service Keyboard Google Drive Trending eWaste Network Congestion Electronic Medical Records Professional Services Fraud Entertainment Cortana Password Manager Nanotechnology Data Warehousing Marketing Botnet Risk Management Digital Signature Screen Mirroring Hiring/Firing Practices Public Cloud Safe Mode Skype Wireless Internet Windows Server 2008 Wiring Wireless Charging Cleaning Sync Content Filtering FENG HBO HaaS Amazon Accountants Machine Learning Scam Google Apps Big Data Computer Fan Travel Telecommuting PDF Cast Netflix Hosted Computing Proactive IT File Sharing Specifications HIPAA USB IT Support Government Enterprise Content Management Computer Care Information Technology Lifestyle Legal Outlook IT Consultant Amazon Web Services YouTube Voice over Internet Protocol Business Mangement Devices The Internet of Things Software Tips SaaS Remote Work Bandwidth Inventory Recovery Flexibility IBM Start Menu Millennials Data Management Wire Meetings Patch Management Password Management Regulations Criminal Addiction Frequently Asked Questions MSP Online Shopping Gmail Thought Leadership Black Market Current Events Access Control Solid State Drive Supercomputer Tools Workforce Human Resources Flash Automation webinar Managing Stress Loyalty Public Computer Streaming Media Quick Tips Instant Messaging Analysis Electronic Health Records Thank You Safety Printers Insurance VoIP Computer Accessories Content Filter Windows 10 Proactive Congratulations Automobile Help Desk Business Owner Rootkit Bluetooth Storage Remote Monitoring and Maintenance Two Factor Authentication Regulation Education Employer Employee Relationship Vendor Management Consultation GDPR Fiber-Optic Twitter Assessment Worker Line of Business Office Students Health Business Technology Save Time E-Commerce Cables Company Culture Television Managed Service Provider IoT Hacking Battery Strategy Healthcare WiFi Unified Communications Bata Backup Camera

Latest News & Events

Alternative IT Solutions is proud to announce the launch of our new website at https://www.alternative-IT.co.uk. The goal of the new website is to make it easier for our existing clients to submit and manage support requests, and provide more information about our ser...

Contact Us

Learn more about what Alternative IT Solutions can do for your business.

Call Us Today
Call us today
(0)20 8498 4300

Avocet House, Trinity Park, Trinity Way
London, England E4 8TD