Is 50mb broadband enough

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Looking for help. I currently have 100mb broadband at home but the price has shot up so looking elsewhere and looking at dropping to 50mb fibre nd was just wondering if that will be enough speed. We have two children who use their kindles, we stream netflix/prime and can all be on it at one time. Also connected to the internet are two WiFi security cameras, amazon alexa and hive.

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Post by gas4you »

My speed averages around 50mb and I stream amazon and sky and have several things connected at once.

Never had a problem so far.
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Post by Dave54 »

^ Similar, have 50mb, can be streaming Netflix, and surfing / running a YouTube video on two tablets at the same time.
Never had a problem. Netflix say 3Mb for standard definition, and 5Mb for HD.
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Post by etaf »

i have 36mb and can stream video from netfix and amazon on separate devices, often have the Radio streaming as well and other device attached, but this is the exception, usually only 2 people here , so used for general browsing, radio streaming, etc
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Post by OchAye »

There are two further issues to consider. If you are on copper wire i.e. openreach network, if the claim is 50Mbps you will get less than that, plenty of speed checkers on-line that will give you the average for your area. If you are consider optical cable to the house which sounds like what you had (Virgin) then the above does not apply, in theory anyway.

Under either connection the crunch is the throughput your provider can give you especially at busy times of the day. Some providers have a much better reputation than others, and some may purposefully throttle your connection.

All I am getting at is, there is a bit more to it than the "claimed" speed.
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