Our Internet packages provide download and upload speeds that exceed the minimum requirements for the vast majority of popular online services and activities. If you've wondered how upload and download speeds affect your use and enjoyment of the Internet, this article will explain.
There’s a lot more to the Internet than just speed! If we think about Internet plans only based on speed, we’re missing half the picture – bandwidth! Also known as, the amount of data that can be transferred in a given moment.
Everything that connects to your Internet uses some of your bandwidth, whether you’re using that device or not. The maximum possible download and upload speed in your Internet plan is shared by all devices connected to your network. To find out more about bandwidth, please visit our page About: Internet Bandwidth.
What's the difference between upload speed and download speed? Simply put:
Our data shows that, on average, our customers use 15 to 20 times more downstream data than upstream data during peak hours. The Internet plans Shaw offers mirror that ratio.
A faster upload speed can improve your Internet experience. Activities that benefit from faster upload speeds include:
Most online services that have a minimum upload speed requirement will keep it low, to accommodate the largest possible audience. If you would like faster upload speeds, see our current line-up of Shaw Internet Plans.by clicking on the View Details under each plan.
Standard Upload Speeds
|Minimum Recommended Upload Speed
|Video Calling / Screen Sharing
|Video Calling (HD)
|Group Video (3 People)
|Group Video (7+ People)
|Playing Online Video Games
Some premium content and quality levels on streaming services rely on you having a fast Internet connection and high processing power. For assistance with 3rd party streaming services, visit these 3rd party support pages:
Video chat and conferencing rely on upload and download speeds for clarity of picture and quality of sound. You can adjust these settings in the video chat service or app you are using. For assistance, visit these 3rd party support pages:
A great 3rd party resource for any site to determine if the site itself is having server issues, visit:
For online gaming, upload and download speed requirements can vary from game to game. For assistance with online gaming performance, visit these 3rd party support pages:
Did you know: When playing video games online, download and upload speeds don't matter as much as "ping" — the responsiveness of your connection. You can improve your ping by using a wired connection instead of WiFi.
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