(707) 268-8850    Get SUPPORT

Network Management Services Blog

Network Management Services has been serving the Eureka area since 1995, providing IT Support including technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Tech Term: Bandwidth

Tech Term: Bandwidth

Here’s a question we want you to take a second to consider...How much do you rely on the Internet? The answer for almost everyone is that it is essential to your current quality of life. Technologies have been developed, industries have been launched, and literally billions of people use it every day, making it one of the predominant inventions in human history. At the heart of this phenomenal technology is bandwidth.

The term bandwidth, in the context of the Internet, is the volume of information per unit of time that a transmission medium can handle. Simply put, the larger the bandwidth your connection has the faster the data can move through the medium. Bandwidth is measured in the amount of data transferred per second, specifically megabits per second (mostly written Mbps or Mb/s). Megabytes, written MB is not typically used in measuring bandwidth as a connection that is advertised as 15 MB is actually 1.875 Mbps since there are eight bits in every byte.

Most Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, will sell packages of a certain megabits, but if you really want to ascertain the bandwidth your computer is running on, your best bet is to use one of the numerous Internet speed test sites like the one at speedtest.net.

The best analogy, and the one that we’ll use, is that of plumbing. It’s said that data is to available bandwidth as water is to the size of a pipe. As bandwidth increases more data can be transferred through it, just as a larger pipe passes more water. Increasing bandwidth, or finding a larger pipe, will allow for even more data/water transfer. For the average user that only uses a couple of apps, a web browser, and doesn’t stream media, a small bandwidth connection will work fine. For tech-savvy families or very small businesses that have multiple devices connected to the Internet at once, they will find they will need more bandwidth to do the things they want to do seamlessly. Larger businesses will need enterprise-level bandwidth of multiple hundred Mbps.

Your Internet connection isn’t the only place where bandwidth comes into play. If you have a website, you will have to pay for a bandwidth level that is commensurate with the traffic and data interaction. In many cases, the more bandwidth you need, the more you will need to pay for hosting.

For more information about technology terms that confuse you, visit our blog, or contact our technology professionals at (707) 268-8850.



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Monday, June 25 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Cloud Best Practices Network Security Business Computing Managed IT Services Privacy Hackers Backup Malware Google VoIP Data Backup Hosted Solutions Email IT Support Outsourced IT Data Recovery Microsoft Software Mobile Devices Innovation Internet Internet of Things Business Continuity Saving Money Cloud Computing Efficiency Communications Business Ransomware Data Small Business Cybercrime Android IT Services Cybersecurity Hardware Tech Term Disaster Recovery BDR Browser User Tips Alert Server Artificial Intelligence Communication Managed IT How To Smartphones Computers Smartphone Avoiding Downtime Data Protection Data Security Mobility Vulnerability Business Management Law Enforcement Windows Chrome Phishing Business Intelligence Money Mobile Device Management Two-factor Authentication Router Managed IT Services BYOD Collaboration Social Engineering Flexibility Productivity Network Upgrade Social Media Redundancy Virtualization VPN Proactive IT Telephone Systems Document Management Computer Private Cloud Passwords Managed Service Provider Save Money Operating System Office 365 Remote Monitoring Bandwidth Windows 10 Spam Connectivity Identity Theft Compliance Word Firewall Budget Gadgets Infrastructure Big Data Content Filtering Employer-Employee Relationship Miscellaneous Solid State Drive Hacking Data loss Business Owner Comparison Windows 10 Bring Your Own Device Physical Security Wi-Fi Government Google Drive Facebook Work/Life Balance Update Public Cloud Data Storage Office Tips Mobile Device Quick Tips Data Breach App Website Analysis Data storage CES Spam Blocking Value Networking Information Technology OneNote IT Management Content Management Holiday Automation Windows 7 IT Plan Credit Cards Apps Unsupported Software Workers Productivity Servers Smart Tech Root Cause Analysis Current Events Streaming Media Botnet Mobile Computing Software Tips Students Insurance Workplace Tips End of Support Amazon Customer Flash Meetings Knowledge Content Filter Password Manager Travel Emails Healthcare Charger Human Resources HIPAA Practices Internet exploMicrosoft Amazon Web Services Network Congestion Storage Electronic Medical Records Business Mangement HBO Electronic Health Records Staff Hosted Computing Advertising Online Shopping Sync Screen Mirroring IT Consultant Gmail Data Management Software as a Service Colocation Specifications Outlook Machine Learning Unified Threat Management Digital Signature Legal Keyboard Cortana Inventory Recovery Emergency Evernote Telephony Audit Cast Leadership Addiction Save Time Recycling Wireless Technology IBM Computing Infrastructure Millennials Frequently Asked Questions Netflix YouTube Cleaning Encryption Access Control Patch Management Hacker Wireless Charging Marketing Skype Computer Fan Cache Microsoft Office eWaste Apple Workforce Excel Settings Computer Care Strategy Authentication Scam Hybrid Cloud Fiber-Optic Start Menu FENG webinar Wireless Internet Criminal iPhone Google Docs History Telecommuting Tip of the week Samsung Nanotechnology Black Market PDF Cables Mobile Data Warehousing Conferencing Wire Password Entertainment Voice over Internet Protocol USB Remote Work Windows Server 2008 HVAC Hard Drives Accountants Monitor Unified Communications Office Professional Services Multi-Factor Security IT Support Sports User Error Windows 10s Supercomputer Devices Education Theft Relocation Tools Trending Smart Office Blockchain Health Hosted Solution Regulations SaaS IoT Downtime Thought Leadership Applications Safety Google Apps Humor Lifestyle Paperless Office Training HaaS Risk Management The Internet of Things Files Internet Exlporer Fraud Reputation Hiring/Firing Virtual Reality Two Factor Authentication Competition Vendor Management Fun Politics Users Assessment Worker Commute Instant Messaging Books Television Wireless Automobile Webinar Search How to Public Computer Twitter Presentation IT solutions Employer Employee Relationship 5G Best Practice Experience Shadow IT Computer Accessories Content WiFi Customer Relationship Management Administration Company Culture Music IP Address Bluetooth Audiobook Customer Service Managing Stress Wearable Technology Transportation Mobile Office Domains Video Games Battery Benefits Worker Techology Public Speaking Troubleshooting Enterprise Content Management Loyalty Remote Computing CrashOverride Smart Technology Lithium-ion battery Rootkit Augmented Reality Tech Support Password Management Scalability NIST

Sign up for our Newsletter!

  • Company Name *
  • First Name *
  • Last Name *