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Skype - What you need to have good connections and signals - A simple explanation for non-IT people - PART 1


Bandwidth  –  The amount of data that can be passed along a communications channel in a given period of time. For digital devices, bandwidth is measured in bits per second. The higher the bandwidth, the faster data can be sent.

Wi-Fi  –  A technological system of accessing the internet from remote machines such as laptop computers that have wireless connections

Ethernet  –  A method of connecting computers and other devices in a local area network (LAN) using Ethernet cables.

Upload (UL)  –  A way of copying or transferring (data or a program) from one's own computer into the memory of another computer

Download (DL) –  A way of transferring (software, data, character sets, etc.) from a distant computer to a nearby computer, from a larger to a smaller computer, or from a computer to a peripheral device.


How good is your Skype connection?

How much bandwidth does Skype need?

The bandwidth required by Skype depends on the type of calls you want to make. The table below provides the minimum download and upload speeds required, as well as the recommended speeds for best performance.

Call type                      Minimum DL/UL speed       Recommended DL/UL speed

Calling                         30kbps / 30kbps                 100kbps / 100kbps

Video calling
/Screen sharing         128kbps / 128kbps            300kbps / 300kbps

Video calling (HD)     1.2Mbps / 1.2Mbps           1.5Mbps / 1.5Mbps

Group video (3 people)  512kbps / 128kbps      2Mbps / 512kbps 

Mar 25, 2018 4:21 PM
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