[ubuntu-uk] Virgin broadband from 20 to 60 megas

David King linuxman at avoura.com
Sat Jul 20 20:51:31 UTC 2013

In part it will depend on the speed of your wifi, it is slower than 20 
Mbit/s then upgrading your Virgin broadband will make no difference.

Also consider the speed of the devices themselves, you wrote that HD 
does not always work well, so it might be that your devices cannot 
handle HD video well.

Increasing the speed of your connection is unlikely to make much 
difference to the videos you download/stream. I have about 4 Mbit/s on 
my broadband and can stream videos online okay, although HD videos not 
always so smooth. Looking at the actual download speed for the video it 
shows something less than the 4 Mbit/s.

I think that a faster internet connection will only allow you to do more 
at once rather than making videos play better.

20 Mbit/s is already 5 times what I have and should be good enough for 
streaming video. Even to more than one device at once.

I would suggest you only upgrade to 60 Mbit/s if it costs the same, 
otherwise you are wasting your money, in my opinion.


On 20/07/13 20:52, Muñiz Piniella, Andrés wrote:
> Hello all,
> The heaviest use of internet I do is for some video streaming at home. 
> At the moment youtube on mobile and tablet and lovefilm on the wii 
> (still no joy with ubuntu). Also video chat.
> They take less then a minute to load and only ocasionally do they 
> break midway (normally removing hd mode makes things better).
> Do you think I would notice a significant improvement from going from 
> 20 megs to 60 megs?
> Bonus question: the upgrade will come with virgins wireless router 
> that will be replacing my 7 year old router from netgear. Would that 
> show a significant improvement as well? Most of my gadgets are wireless.

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