What Is a Good Download Speed for Broadband?

A good download speed varies by activity and desired quality, so there isn’t just one speed that meets all needs. That said, a higher download speed, such as 4 megabytes per second, would likely cover all activities.

Here is a list of the most common activities and their minimum download speed requirements:

  • Email – 0.5 Mbps
  • Web browsing – 1.5 Mbps
  • Streaming HD movies – 4 Mbps
  • Video Conferencing – 4 Mbps
  • Gaming – 4 Mbps

Other factors that affect download speeds in a household include the level of use and the number of devices connected to broadband at one time. Although households can have multiple devices connected at one time, the more that are connected, the slower the download speed.