Why Upload Speed Matters
February 5, 2021
How fast does your upload speed need to be? Many Internet service providers don’t advertise their upload speeds as much as their download speeds. However, the truth is that upload speed is underrated and just as important as download speed for many Internet users. We’re going to talk about why Internet providers shouldn’t neglect it, and why you shouldn’t either.
How do I know my upload speed?
If you don’t know how fast your upload speed is, run a speed test. It’s free, easy to use, accurate, and eye-opening. Unless your connection is symmetrical, you might notice that your upload speed is significantly slower than your download speed. If you’re looking for a good speed test, our technicians use speedtest.net by Ookla. Once you open it, the site should have your provider and server queued up. Just click "GO" and in a few seconds you will see your ping, download speed, and upload speed.
What is a good upload speed?
A good upload speed is a symmetrical one. Many providers will tell you that you only really need a good download speed, and that your upload speed is not that important. We disagree. The way we use the Internet has been changing. While it’s tempting to dismiss upload bandwidth as something needed only by businesses and content creators, it’s worth noting that upload traffic increased dramatically in 2020 as people had to figure out new ways to live their lives while social distancing. For many households trying to keep up with work, school, and social connections, upload speed suddenly became a bottleneck.
The more we use and rely on the Internet, the more we can benefit from using strong upload and download speeds. If you’re playing videogames, video conferencing, sharing photos and videos, storing files in the cloud, sending emails, or using smart appliances and home systems, a slow upload speed could dramatically impact your ability to use the Internet. That’s why the best upload speed is one that’s equal to your download speed. If you’re unsure what upload and download speeds you need, Broadbandnow.com has a calculator that can show you how many Mbps you really need.
How can I improve my upload speed?
If there are no Internet providers that offer symmetrical speeds at a reasonable price in your area, and you’re making the best out of a slow upload speed, using a wired connection is always the best way to go if you need to immediately improve your speed. Plugging your computer directly into your router or modem with an ethernet cable may give you the speed boost you need. Clearing your history, cache, and cookies can also increase the overall speed of your computer, and your upload speed in turn. Another thing you can try is removing other devices connected to your home network. This can include wireless printers and mobile phones too. If what you need to upload isn't time-sensitive, you could also try waiting until off peak hours.
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution to improving your upload speed, you'll need to switch to a new Internet service provider that prioritizes upload and download equally, and advertises symmetrical speeds. If you don’t yet have access to an ISP that offers fast, reliable, and symmetrical speeds, check your address on our website and talk to your HOA and your neighbors about bringing Tachus fiber Internet into your neighborhood.