How To Understand Internet Speed

Posted on August 22, 2018


You’ve probably heard about the different internet packages Craw-Kan offers, from 10 Mbps all the way to 1 Gigabit, but some might not know what these numbers and abbreviations really mean! In general, these are the connection speeds defined by how much data is transmitted each second. For example, a connection of 3Mbps means the connection is passing 3,000 kilobits (or 3 megabits) of data each second, which in this day-and-age, is fairly slow.

To make it easier to understand, a common metaphor used is to imagine your internet connection in terms of a water hose. The more you turn the hand-grip, the more quickly water flows through the hose into a bucket. In the same light, if you are loading a web page (which is compared to the bucket), and you have a fast connection (the pressure in the hose turned up), then the web page you have will load faster (like water filling the bucket faster).

Why should this matter to you?

Consider that the size of an average email is about 75 kilobits. That would mean it could fill a very, very small bucket and quickly. But once you start streaming movies or TV shows, you will need faster speeds to keep up. Streaming services, as well as all of the devices you have connected to the internet in your house, is like having a very large bucket that you will need to fill quickly. This means when speeds are slow with streaming services, you get lagging or buffering, and that makes your viewing experience less fun. If you experience lagging or buffering, it means you need more bandwidth.

Customers who want to stream movies or play online games will need to start with a faster Internet connection speed, like Craw-Kan’s Gigabit package (1,000 Mbps worth of speed)! If you don’t have service with us, see if you’re eligible for service today!