Getting the Right Amount of Bandwidth Can Open New Possibilities - HUB Blog

HUB TechMinutes

Business technology news, tips and events.

HUB Blog

Better business through better information.
3 minutes reading time (560 words)

Getting the Right Amount of Bandwidth Can Open New Possibilities

Getting the Right Amount of Bandwidth Can Open New Possibilities

Regardless of what you use it for, having the right amount of bandwidth to support your business’ needs is extremely important. Not only does it support enhanced productivity, collaboration, and business efficiency, it removes the bottlenecks that can stymie a business’ progress. Today, we will take a look at bandwidth, and tell you how to determine the bandwidth you need to support all of your business’ Internet-facing needs. 

What is Bandwidth?

Before we get into how to determine how much bandwidth you need, we should iron out what bandwidth means. Bandwidth is not speed per se, it is the amount of data that can be transmitted at one time with the current connection that you have. Think about a straw. If you have a small straw, the speed at which the liquid flows is the same, but there is less room for liquid to flow through it, reducing the amount of liquid you get in a period of time. Bandwidth works the same way. It is mostly represented in megabits per second or Mbps.

Calculating your projected download speed is fairly simple, as long as you keep in mind that there are eight bits for every byte. This means that, if you were trying to download eight megabytes of data on a one Mbps connection, it would take approximately 8 seconds. 512 megabytes would take over an hour to download, and a gigabyte (which is 1,000 megabytes) would take close to two-and-a-half hours.  To make the calculation easier I recommend using a web-based calculator, like

How Do I Know What My Business Needs?

In order to accurately estimate your business’ required bandwidth, you’ll need to do a little math. First, you will need to determine the estimated traffic that each of your processes takes up, as well as the total users that are likely to be engaged in that process. You will want to assume that this is during peak operations, so you don’t inadvertently get less bandwidth than you need. Naturally, the bandwidth required by different processes will vary, but the following is generally the case:

  • 100Kbps and Under - Most single-line VoIP phones and e-fax machines. Some basic-use computers and laptops may utilize under 100 Kbps, but in business that isn’t the case.
  • 100Kbps to 500Kbps - It is common for computers and laptops to fall within this range, as they are more often used for streaming and downloading, emailing, and more rigorous browsing.
  • 500Kbps to 2.0Mbps - If yours is like many businesses today and utilizes cloud solutions and video conferencing, you’re likely using this much bandwidth. This is also the bandwidth necessary for centralized management platforms such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platforms. Also, if your business uses a point-of-sale system, you will probably fall in this range. 
  • Over 2.0Mbps and Up - This bandwidth is usually called for by a high-definition conferencing solution, a lot of remote access, heavy cloud access, and more. 

Of course, with any technology, you will want to get a professional perspective to help you plan for your technology costs before you implement solutions to avoid the costs of continuously upgrading and to make sure not to put your business under more pressure. If you would like more information about HUB Technology Solutions or our bandwidth consulting services, call our IT experts today at 1-833-847-0725.

What to Look For in a Data Backup Solution
It Is Still People that Makes Your Business Work

Related Posts



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Friday, March 05, 2021

Captcha Image

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to

Mobile? Grab this Article

QR-Code dieser Seite

Get Updates On Our New Blog Posts!

Book your free introductory consultation now.

Let's Talk

Happy Clients

Don't Miss Our Next Newsletter!

Subscribe to our free monthly newsletter! It's packed with valuable information, useful tips, and important security alerts.
* indicates required
Your email address is secure with us - we never share our subscriber information.

HUB Tech Minutes

04 March 2021
There has been a massive increase in online shopping since the start of 2020 and it is important that consumers do their best to understand the potential security risks associated with eCommerce, and how to navigate around them. Today, we discuss som...
02 March 2021
Businesses are always looking for a way to boost productivity. Some businesses will try almost anything to do so. For the individual, however, managing your productivity is a little less complicated. That’s not to say that it is always simple. Typica...
01 March 2021
Passwords are effectively the cornerstone of your business’ data security—if they aren’t up to muster, your protections could crumble. Unfortunately, many users shortchange their passwords to try to make them more convenient, also making them more co...