What are upload speeds?
Upload speed means how long it takes for data to be transmitted from your device to the internet server measured in Megabits per second ( Mbps ). For instance, when you are attaching a document to an outgoing email would come under the realm of uploads speeds. While on the other hand download speed is the speed at which your computer receives data from the server. And the upload speed matters a lot when it comes to gaming.
Download speed is usually faster because most of what you do online consist of downloads. The term “ping rate” or “ping” applies to how fast you get a response from your Internet connection after you send out a request. Latency surprisingly has the biggest impact on game performance and response time that your download speed.
Latency (gamers call it “ping”) is a delay between the action in the game and its display on your screen. High ping can make multiplayer almost impossible. If your ping is higher than the other players then his or her moves might register first. Internet speed, ping rate, and latency can all affect your gaming performance and are essential for taking your gaming to the next level.
All gaming platforms are different but you can usually meet the minimum requirements for online gaming with these speeds:
Download speed: 3 Mbps
Upload speed: 1 Mbps
Ping rate: Less than 150 ms
Download vs. upload speed
When you are initially purchasing your internet plan you will commonly see an advertised speed that will serve as your internet download speed. However, both your download and upload speed contribute to the quality of your gaming experience. Download speed measures how long it takes for information to travel from your server to your gaming device.
Upload speeds refer to how long it takes for information to travel from your gaming device to the server. The best upload and download speed for you will depend on how many players are online at any given time; however, it’s advised to get the highest speeds for flexibility.
Fast Internet Speeds = Fast Reaction Time
A good ping rate means a more responsive connection while playing your game, especially when the timing is everything. Ping rate is the reaction time of your connection and how quickly you receive a response after sending out a request or how fast information is sent from your computer to game servers and back again. Ping is measured in milliseconds.
Internet speeds are important for online gaming, but Ping rates are more pivotal when dealing with latency issues. A lower number, maybe less than 20 m/s or better, is ideal, but games can perform well up to 100 m/s ping rate.
How much speed do you need for online gaming on a PC/Mac?
Online gaming internet speed requirements
Required minimum download speed: 3-6 Mbps
Required minimum upload speed: 0.75-1 Mbps
Maximum allowable ping rate: 100-150 ms
Does the number of players depend on how much speed you need?
As you add more users (especially users that use a lot of bandwidth, for instance, Netflix, Youtube, etc.), then you will probably need more speed. At 10 users, there are a lot of questions you have to ask to get a good sense of expectations. For the gamer, the major questions are going to be:
- How busy is the 5.0 GHz spectrum in your area?
For everyone else, a few of the same questions apply:
- What stuff are they using the Internet for, and how often.
- How are they connected to the Router?
- Do they have any additional expectations in terms of service quality? (‘I NEEDmy 4k Netflix’, etc.)
- What kinds of games do you play?
- What kind of quality of service do you expect in terms of latency and consistency?
- Where do you live?
- Where are the servers you play on located?
- How are you connected to the router (Wired vs Wireless. If Wireless, what standard?)
- What kind of Router do you have (Which Model?)
- If you are connected wirelessly, what standard are you using? (N? AC? G? Something else?)
- How busy is the 2.4 GHz spectrum in your area?
With that many users, less important is going to be pure bandwidth, and more important might be the router itself, and how effective of a Quality of Service configuration you can build on it.
400/20 is overkill. Gaming takes very little bandwidth, youtube will take maybe 5 down per person tops. 100/10 would likely be more than enough as long as nobody wants to stream — with 10 consistent users 20 up is a safer bet if there is a streamer or two. Wireless is probably fine but depending on the size of your house it’s not a bad idea to run an extender/wireless access point. Always go with a wired solution if you want full speeds and don’t change on your modem/router solution.
We will also list a few things that can affect your gaming:
Wireless vs. Wired Connection
Generally, a wired connection is more reliable and quicker than a wireless connection which is why we would recommend that you directly connect your gaming device to your router. If that is not possible, make sure that your device is as close to your router as possible and that the router is placed in an area away from walls or other items that may interfere with your connection.
Your Modem and Router
Technology progresses quickly! While routers and modems can last you years when properly taken care of, we typically recommend you start shopping for updated equipment once your current modem and router are approximately 5 to 6 years old.
Remember that while your equipment may still function properly, progress in various technologies may render your equipment obsolete before it physically breaks down. This can be particularly important if you are connecting to the internet over Wi-Fi.
Number of Devices in Your Home
Gaming itself does not require a significant amount of bandwidth, having multiple devices on your network can quickly “clog the pipe” and have a negative effect on your online gaming. If you know you are going to have lots of devices on your network while you game, consider opting for a plan with higher download speed.
If this isn’t an option, many routers and modems allow you to set a “priority device”. This can help ensure that your system gets the high-quality connection it needs for online gaming. But other people will notice that their speed is slower than yours.
Online gaming constantly sends upstream information, and console manuals suggest that you have at least 0.5 Mbps. But the higher the upload speed, the better your gaming experience will be. Fiberoptic internet offers symmetrical download and upload speeds, which means your internet will upload information as blisteringly fast as it can download it. That’s why fiber is the best choice for competitive gamers.
As we mentioned before there are many things to consider when you want to get the best of online gaming experience. When you are in doubt remember latency how many devices you are going to have on your network while you are gaming and so your equipment will have a drastic effect on your online experience.
So, to sum it up, the higher the upload speed the better the gaming experience.