Originally Posted by DaClownie
12mbps down is slow. It's faster than really bad internet, but that doesn't make it fast. Try downloading a 25GB game at 12mbps. You're looking at 5 or so hours if the download speeds stay pegged at 12mbps, which almost never happens. More realistically you'll get 8-9mbps on your 12mbps connection, making that download 7 hours.
Essentially, this world is a digital world. Information needs to flow freely and unrestricted for it to work properly. Everything is cloud based, everything is moving to central locations. Now, more than ever, bandwidth and latency is drastically important and to take the attitude that "you think 12mbps is slow?" is to impede progress.
High speeds shouldn't be a hope, it should be the norm.
I literally max my ADSL2+ connection out with 2.4MB/s being my peak real speed, 2.2MB/s being much more common...What you've specified is a very unusual use, and even at 7 hours I can always leave it to go overnight, it really is like a 3930K vs a 3770k for video encoding...Both are fast enough to be usable with 1080p material, although the 3930K will be a hell of a lot faster the 3770k is fast enough to be perfectly usable despite its lower speed.
I would say 12Mbps is the minimum necessary for a great Internet experience though, I went from 800KB/s max to 2.4MB/s max and only notice the difference downloading 1080p YouTube content and in Steam.
Originally Posted by Snyderman34
Originally Posted by Clipze
Can someone that uses bandwidth heavily (not for downloading 24/7), but watching netflix everyday for 1-2 hours, youtube, steam updates, with 1-2 other people..post your monthly bandwidth usage?
Didn't see if you had an answer, but my estimated usage for a 24 day period on my ultrabook read ~76GB. Not including my 360 (games/Netflix/Hulu), BluRay player (Netflix/Hulu), and my main rig (everything)
My current usage for the month is 1TB, with at least 2 days having over 100GB download each. Some people use the internet a hell of a lot more heavily.
Mind you, I was doing a fair bit of Steam downloads in that.