Factors you need to consider when calculating bandwidth needs

You can print this worksheet and use it to predict what’s ahead in terms of network traffic. With a bit of thoughtful planning, you can make sure that bandwidth hogs like VoIP video calls won’t slow down your internet to the point that you can’t get other work done.

It’s also important to keep in mind that as you increase the number of simultaneous internet tasks, the speed of each one can decrease. This is because your internet service has a maximum speed—as you approach that max, your tasks will bog down. You can increase your internet speed, plan around doing things at the same time. For example, you can schedule data intensive backups to occur after business hours or start thinking about a dedicated leased line service.

Here’s what to do

1. Determine how many people will use your internet at the same time.
2. Factor in what they will be doing.
3. Calculate the bandwidth needed per task.

Total up the bandwidth you need for all tasks happening at the same time.

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