How Much Data do Podcasts Use?

By Stephen Kota / July 9, 2020
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One in four people listen to at least one podcast every week. If you’re streaming audio on an internet connection that has a monthly data cap – like fixed wireless internet, for example – you may need to limit how much data you spend listening to podcasts. Let’s take a look at how much data…

Top Video Streaming Services During the Coronavirus Crisis

By Stephen Kota / May 13, 2020
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The number of hours people spend watching online video on streaming sites like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu has doubled during the coronavirus crisis. People now stream an average of eight hours of online video every day and are 40% more likely to watch videos during the typical work day, instead of limiting their…

Audio Quality and Data Use

By Stephen Kota / May 2, 2020
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The internet data you use streaming audio online can vary a lot based on sound quality. A very high-quality audio stream can use as much as 15 times more data than a low-quality stream, for example. To reduce the data, you use listening to music or podcasts, lower your audio quality. Audio quality is measured…

Is Fixed Wireless Internet or Satellite Internet Better for Video?

By Stephen Kota / April 26, 2020
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In rural areas without access to wired internet options like cable, fixed wireless internet and satellite internet are often the only two choices. When it comes to online video, these two types of internet connection offer very different user experiences. Let’s take a closer look at how fixed wireless internet and satellite internet compare when…

How Are Our Video Streaming Habits Changing During Coronavirus?

By Stephen Kota / April 23, 2020
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Online video has taken center stage for many during the coronavirus crisis. The average American now watches at least eight hours of online video every day, which three quarters say is more than they watched before the crisis. People are also spending more time using video conferencing platforms like Zoom and more money on video…

How to Get Fast Internet Speeds with Just One Bar of Signal Strength

By Stephen Kota / April 17, 2020
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People using wireless internet like 5G or 4G LTE in rural areas sometimes struggle with both poor signal strength and slow internet speeds. If you’re lucky enough to live close to the right tower, though, you can get fast internet speeds for gaming and video even when your phone shows just one bar of signal…

Why is the Ping on my Gaming Console Higher Than on My Other Devices?

By Stephen Kota / April 13, 2020
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Many factors influence your ping time or network latency on a fixed wireless internet connection like 5G or 4G LTE – including the device you use. Because different devices have different Wi-Fi capabilities, speed test results vary across devices on the same connection. If your gaming console has a higher ping than your PC or…

Can Network Congestion Decrease Wireless Internet Speeds?

By Stephen Kota / April 12, 2020
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When 4G LTE is at its best, it has download and upload speeds fast enough to rival some cable internet connections in rural areas. People in rural areas consistently report 4G LTE download speeds of more than 20 Mbps in fringe areas and more than 10 Mbps in remote areas. Average upload speeds, too, top…

How Fast is 5G Latency?

By Stephen Kota / April 11, 2020
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In real world tests, 5G has a network latency of as little as 30 milliseconds. This low latency allows for seamless video streaming and online gaming on fixed wireless internet. Let’s take a closer look at what latency is, how to measure it, and how 5G latency compares to 4G LTE. What is Latency? Latency…

How 4G LTE Tower Bandwidth Affects Wireless Internet Speeds

By Stephen Kota / April 7, 2020
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The speed of your fixed wireless internet connection depends in part on the bandwidth of your cell tower. 4G LTE towers have one of six potential bandwidths – 1.4 MHz, 3 MHz, 5 MHz, 10 MHz, 15 MHz, or 20 MHz – which provide different network capacities. When the tower is below capacity, internet speeds…

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