If you work from home, chances are you have virtual face-to-face meetings at some point during the week. Whether you use Zoom, Google Meet, or another online app, you need enough bandwidth to avoid a frozen screen or dropped calls. Speed requirements will depend on what you’re doing during your meetings. Some remote workers frequently share their screens, which requires a higher upload speed. Some simply participate in chats, which don’t take up as much bandwidth. Choosing the appropriate Internet speed for your particular needs can help prevent frustration during meetings.
Correct Internet Speed Avoids Internet Meeting Frustration
Which Meeting App Are You Using?
While most meeting apps take up a similar amount of bandwidth, it helps to have a basic understanding of each of their upload/download speed requirements.
- For Zoom, you’ll need at least .6 Mbps/.6 Mbps
- Skype requires .512 Mbps/.128 Mbps
- Google Meet needs 1 Mbps/1 Mbps
- Microsoft Meet requires 1.5 Mbps/1.5 Mbps
What Are You Doing in Meetings?
Different online activities require different amounts of speed. On Zoom, for example, a high-quality video call with just one person only needs 600 Kbps/600 Kbps (or .6 Mbps), while a group video call requires 800 Kbps (0.8 Mbps)/1.0 Mbps. The following Zoom activities will only function properly with enough bandwidth.
- Sending and receiving video in 1080p HD: 1.8 Mbps/1.8 Mbps
- Group call/gallery view in 720p HD: 1.5 Mbps/1.5 Mbps
- Screen sharing: .050–.150 Mbps (both upload/download)
- Audio VoiP: .060–.080 Mbps (both upload/download)
Who Else is Using the Internet in Your Home?
You may notice that your connection is slower during meetings when the kids are home. This is because everyone who is online has to share the same bandwidth. If you have the minimum Internet speeds to achieve your online work activity, you’ll need to remind everyone not to stream movies or video games during your meeting.
Consider Upgrading Your HTC Internet to Please Everyone in the House
If you’re missing important information during your meetings because your connection is too slow, you may need to increase your Internet speed. Faster Internet service will allow you to get the most out of your work day while also allowing the family to keep surfing, streaming, or gaming. Ask HTC about maybe switching to another HTC Internet package for crisp, clear Zoom calls. They’ll be happy to find just the right package for your household.
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