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
/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