Bandwidth, as it applies to an Internet connection, is generally defined as the speed of data transfer over an Internet connection. What that means is that bandwidth is essentially the measurement of the amount of data that can be passed through an Internet connection in a given time. This means that it can be considered a measurement of either speed or usage.
Learn more about bandwidth by understanding the following topics:
When we’re talking about your connection, speed is normally measured in either kilobits per second (Kbps) or megabits per second (Mbps). Whereas storage is usually measured in kilobytes (KB), megabytes (MB), or gigabytes (GB). The higher your internet speeds, the quicker things will download and the faster things will load.
|When we’re talking about usage, we’re referring to the amount of data that you can transfer through your Internet connection over the course of a month. As a residential Internet customer, your connection has a monthly traffic limit. We measure data usage in megabytes (MB) and gigabytes (GB). For example, if your internet plan includes 300 GB of data usage, that means that you can upload and download a combined total of 300 GB per month|
You can find out more about the monthly traffic limit of your Internet package at http://www.shaw.ca/internet/packages/.
Everyone uses the internet differently, here are some commonly used applications and how much data they use:
Data Usage Tables
Here is a comparison of rough estimates of how much popular video streaming services use.
Here are some data usage stats for popular applications:
Note: These number estimates are taken from third-party sources.
Data use is broken down into two categories, download and upload data. Download data is any data that has come from the internet, through the home modem, and to your devices. There are lots of different applications that use this data, video streaming services are one of the most popular. Depending on your video quality settings, HD video streaming can also use lots of data quite quickly.
Here is an example of how quickly you can use your data up. If you were to watch 3 hours of Netflix every night at the HD quality, it will use at least 9 GB per night. If you did this every day for a month it would add up to at least 270 GB per month. If you had 2 TVs watching Netflix for 3 hours a night that would use twice as much data or close to 540 GB per month.
The other way that data is monitored is in an upload. Upload data is data that comes from your devices through the modem and to the internet. Here are some common causes of large amounts of uploaded data:
However you use your Internet connection, you can monitor the amount of data that you have uploaded and downloaded through My Shaw at Shaw.ca. The Last 6 months of data usage history is included in the internet tab of My Account as seen below.
If you require assistance with any of the above information, please reach out to our bandwidth management team at 1-844-595-7429. We’re able to assist with walking through basic setting changes of common video streaming services, and our technical support team can assist with updating passwords for Shaw equipment. For more information, try this link: View Your Internet Data Usage in My Shaw.
Here are some common questions about bandwidth.
What most commonly uses large amounts of data?
Do video games use a lot of data?
Majority of online games use very little data. Most of the data is already on your device after initial install. Be aware the initial download of digital games can result in high data usage when using services such as Steam, PS4, and Xbox One.
Did You Know?
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