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Offline naushaad

Internet speed required for 4k streaming
« on: June 01, 2018, 09:44:09 AM »
Hi,

I am in the process of going fibre but not sure what speed I require for 4k streaming?  I don't want to overspend/month so what would be suitable?

How important is upload speed? I mainly use the net for streaming and browsing. No gaming. Do I still need a fast upload speed?


I am  considering the following

download/upload  Mbps

20/20
50/5
50/50

Whats the lowest I can get away with.


Thanks

Offline Juggy

Re: Internet speed required for 4k streaming
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2018, 12:31:41 PM »
Hi,

I am in the process of going fibre but not sure what speed I require for 4k streaming?  I don't want to overspend/month so what would be suitable?

How important is upload speed? I mainly use the net for streaming and browsing. No gaming. Do I still need a fast upload speed?


I am  considering the following

download/upload  Mbps

20/20
50/5
50/50

Whats the lowest I can get away with.


Thanks

Who is your local fiber infrastructure provider?

Offline ChrisCFH

Re: Internet speed required for 4k streaming
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2018, 12:46:44 PM »
According to Netflix you need a 25mbps line to stream 4K without any troubles.

However Mybroadband did a test and the 4K stream never exceeded 16mbps. Maybe you'll be fine with the 20/20 line speed...

Here's the article

https://mybroadband.co.za/news/it-services/257189-netflix-data-usage-test-4k-vs-full-hd.html

Offline Toxxyc

Re: Internet speed required for 4k streaming
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2018, 01:13:26 PM »
I've got LTE doing around 18Mbps.  4K is a breeze on Netflix with it, so I'm going to wager that 20/20 is fine.  more is better though, as you don't want to start stuttering when your phone decides to update while you're watching a movie.

Offline ScottulusMaximus

Re: Internet speed required for 4k streaming
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2018, 01:50:47 PM »
50/5 would be my choice for your use case.
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Offline scrarfussi

Re: Internet speed required for 4k streaming
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2018, 04:52:02 PM »
50/5
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Offline Larry

Re: Internet speed required for 4k streaming
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2018, 09:22:17 PM »
Yup - I have a 50/5, works like a charm.

That being said, in my experience Iíve never seen it go over 17 or 18 Mb/s when streaming 4K

Offline naushaad

Re: Internet speed required for 4k streaming
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2018, 08:27:20 AM »
Who is your local fiber infrastructure provider?

That would be Vumatel.

Offline naushaad

Re: Internet speed required for 4k streaming
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2018, 08:29:36 AM »
So it looks like 50/50 will be overkill for me.

Thanks.

PS- just realized I double posted. Apologies.

Offline scrarfussi

Re: Internet speed required for 4k streaming
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2018, 05:28:02 AM »
So it looks like 50/50 will be overkill for me.

Thanks.

PS- just realized I double posted. Apologies.
If the price is good nothing wrong with alot of speed sometimes the price difference is not that big
like one service provider had 10/10 for R1000 and 25/25 for R1200
no brainer
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Offline Larry

Re: Internet speed required for 4k streaming
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2018, 09:24:07 AM »
^^^ I agree, thats how I ended up with a 50/5, seemed like the sweet spot at that time.

Offline John.Perry

Re: Internet speed required for 4k streaming
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2018, 09:37:24 AM »
It depends, will the line be used for anything else or just exclusively for watching 4k streaming?
Reason why I ask is that if you want to use the line for lets say VOIP or gaming, you will have to double or triple the speed. latency sensitive applications need the extra headroom.

Offline Dolby

Re: Internet speed required for 4k streaming
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2018, 08:29:25 PM »
It depends, will the line be used for anything else or just exclusively for watching 4k streaming?
Reason why I ask is that if you want to use the line for lets say VOIP or gaming, you will have to double or triple the speed. latency sensitive applications need the extra headroom.
Latency can't be fixed by throwing extra bandwidth into the equation.

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Offline ScottulusMaximus

Re: Internet speed required for 4k streaming
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2018, 12:03:31 PM »
Latency can't be fixed by throwing extra bandwidth into the equation.

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That ^^^

And gaming barely uses any bandwidth and unless you're VOIP'ing(is that a word?) at 1080p your upload speed isn't going to hinder that either.
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Offline John.Perry

Re: Internet speed required for 4k streaming
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2018, 10:12:36 AM »
Latency can't be fixed by throwing extra bandwidth into the equation.

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Hi Dolby. You are quite right, if the question here has to do with latency issues and/or diagnosing problems with a line.
The original post has to with line speed and 4k streaming. Please lets keep it on topic.
If you utilize the line 100% then packets will be dropped, latency sensitive applications will be affected to various degrees.
I come back to my original question, will the line be used exclusively for 4k Streaming, or shared with other applications. If yes, then build in enough headroom and you don't have to worry about the exact spec for 4k.