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Hey guys, I recently moved from a shared house to my own place, and I'm thinking about downgrading my internet speeds.


Currently I'm paying about $55 for 100mbps down, 10 up.

I only run a desktop, a smartphone, and an ipad.

I also have an old internet router thats slowing my desktop speeds down to 75mbps, so I'm not really even getting what I pay for.

I don't really want to sink money into a new router, as the one I have now works fine for what I need it to do ( mainly just netflix streaming to my ipad )


I'm thinking about dropping my speeds down to 50mbps and cutting my bill down by about $10-15 per month.

Money is not super tight, but I feel like i'm paying for more than I need, and I like saving money where I can.

What do you guys think is a 'safe' minimum internet speed?
Edited by Jixr - 4/1/15 at 4:59pm
post #2 of 11
If you can pay $40/mo for 60mbit/s down and 10mbit/s up, I'd take that deal in a heartbeat. I pay $149 for 50mbit/s down and 10mbit/s up... sozo.gif
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post #3 of 11
A " safe" internet speed depends alot on what you do mostly. Since you are the only person using the Internet (I assumed from reading your post). I'm confident that an internet connection with >25mbps down and >=10 mps up is a rather "safe" as you can watch 1080p Youtube video while Skyeping plus browsing the web all at the same time without little hiccup if not at all. thumb.gif
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post #4 of 11
if i was by my self i would be fine with at least 12meg down and 6meg up.
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post #5 of 11
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yeah, thats kinda what i'm thinking

$10 isn't much savings for cutting my speed in half, but that adds up over time.
post #6 of 11
Try it for a month and see if it meaningfully impacts your life
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post #7 of 11
Your so lucky... 20/2 here is $75 per month...
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I'd say definitely go ahead. I consider myself a pretty heavy user, and I find 50 adequate for both me and my girlfriend who is streaming netflix 24/7. I had 30 for a while and while it was tough with both of us, it was still great when it was just me. As for the upload 10 would be great. I'm limited to 5 up with the max connection I can get.
 
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post #9 of 11
It's 50 CAD for 100 down / 20 up where I live but only for the first 6 moths then it is 88 CAD afterwards.
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post #10 of 11
If you just mainly use netflix then even like 20 would be plenty.
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