Do Upload Speeds Matter? | What Is Symmetrical Internet?

Symmetrical internet speeds refers to plans that have
the same upload speed as download speed. Put simply, download speed is how quickly you can get stuff out of the internet, like your browsing social media or watching a show on Netflix. Upload speed is how
quickly you can put stuff back onto the internet, like uploading an Instagram post or, I don’t know, a You Tube video? And one of the marketed
benefits of newer connections, especially fiber connections, is their symmetrical speeds. You’ll see this labeled
sometimes with a simple slash, 100/100 or 300/300, meaning same upload as download. Compare that to a normal cable connection where you’ll see download speeds that are 10, 20, 30 times
faster than the upload speeds, and that symmetrical connection
starts looking pretty sweet. – But the relevant question here is, if we’ve all been surviving this long on upload speeds of five or 10 Mbps, then who in the world needs upload speeds of 300 Mbps, or 1000? And you know what, it’s
a pretty good question. Let’s dive in. Now don’t forget to like and subscribe if you enjoy what we do here, but let’s go on with this one. Like I said earlier, most of us have been surviving just fine with upload speeds that
are significantly slower than our download speeds. So is it worth a little
bump in price to up that? I mean, if the bulk of what you’re doing is browsing, shopping, streaming, reading, then we don’t really need
much upload speed, right? Right, but there are people for whom a more robust upload
speed would do some good. They are businesses, students, telecommuters and content creators. I’ll also talk briefly about gamers. So if you fit into any
of those categories, then let’s talk about what
upload speed means for you. Now first of all, let’s think about what we upload to the web. Broadly this is gonna fall
into a few major categories, emails, files, photos, audio and video. Emails and text files are so small that they’re barely worth talking about. Photos, like what you upload to Instagram or Facebook or whatever, those are going to be a bit bigger but still not enough
to cause much concern. Same with audio files, if you’re a podcaster and you’re uploading an hour-long episode that’s probably about 50 megabytes, which if you’re getting,
say 10 Mbps of upload speed would still take you less
than a minute to upload, not too bad. But then there’s video, this 4K video that you’re
watching right now, will be somewhere in the range of one GB. At the same 10 Mbps upload speed that we’re talking about earlier, that would take you a
little under 15 minutes to upload to You Tube. So okay, now we’re getting into potentially annoying wait times. If we had a 100 Mbps upload connection then we could drop that to
about a minute and a half, 300 Mbps, less than 30
seconds, sounds pretty great, if you are a You Tuber who’s uploading massive video
files multiple times a day. I’m guessing most of us don’t
fall into that category, some of us do. But it’s not always about
uploading a single file, these days streaming is
the watchword, right? If you enjoy streaming, you’re online gaming to an audience, or say, doing a livestream Q and A every Monday on this channel,
you know for instance, then you do need a solid and constant upload
connection to make that work, and same goes for video conferencing, which is really just fancy streaming in your business casual. So if you’re a telecommuter or a student doing a lot of online classes and group work, this will
be a major concern, right? Well actually, I hate to
keep bursting bubbles here, but not really, if you wanna participate in a conference call and you want your face coming through in glorious full HD, 10 ADP, you’ll need a whopping
1.3 Mbps of upload speed. And HD Twitch stream, 3.6 Mbps, oh, well, you’ve probably
got that already. So who cares about all this? Well, in a word, businesses. With the exception of those
daily 4K quality You Tubers the only way you’re really gonna start straining your upload connection is if you have a bunch of employees and they’re all uploading and sharing and conferencing and storing
and retrieving and so on. But for the bulk of us, honestly, a lower upload speed isn’t
gonna have much effect. Five or 10 Mbps would probably be fine, would be plenty for the average user. If you do a lot of content
creation or video conferencing, then you do want a
healthy upload connection and it would make sense,
given the realities of signal fluctuation, to
look for an upload speed that’s somewhat higher than 10 Mbps, but there is a group that
I’ve mentioned earlier that I conspicuously have
left out for a little while, and that’s gamers. Don’t they need a bunch of upload speed to keep up with realtime online gaming? Well, no they don’t actually, it’s far more important for a gamer to have a reliable and
consistent connection than a fast one. They should be more
concerned with latency, packet loss, and jitter, and if that didn’t make any sense, then you should check out the video I did last week on this very subject. So keep all of this in mind
as you’re looking around for the right internet service package. It’s not that upload speed doesn’t matter, but you definitely shouldn’t
pay a bunch of extra dollars for a symmetrical gigabit connection if you’re only gonna be using a tiny fraction of it’s capacity, especially on the upload side. And speaking of finding
the right provider, that’s what we do for
you over at, that’s right it’s more than just my moderately
handsome face here on You Tube, we have a whole team of people reviewing products and providers for your home, including internet service providers. So go have a look, find
the best provider for you, and if you’re curious about
what you’re really getting as far as download and upload speed, go check out the new speed-test tool that we have linked in
the description below. So if you have any questions or comments about symmetrical internet
or upload speeds in general, hit the comments below, make sure you give this video a like and subscribe if it was helpful. Thanks for watching everybody,
we’ll see you next time.

11 thoughts on “Do Upload Speeds Matter? | What Is Symmetrical Internet?

  1. How many of you were familiar with the term "Symmetrical Internet" before this video? How important are symmetrical speeds to you?

  2. Faster upload speeds can also be important for hosting your own personal cloud (NAS)… Keeping your remote device(s) synch'd with your NAS could be very annoyingly slow if your NAS didn't have access via reasonably fast upload speeds.

  3. Contention ratio also play a big role in uploading actually like when playing games 1:1 is ideal but also upto 1:4also acceptable so yeah m familiar with symmetrical web services but in cable web network asymmetric is better though for content consuming 🙂

  4. I need pretty much the 100/100 but that upload speed I need it! Fiber is supposed to be 1000 Mbps up and down but it's only 940 down and 820 up

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