The Planhub Internet quiz uses your public IP address to find the approximate geographical reference of your connection. Your public IP address is cross-referenced in a public database to a more or less accurate longitude and latitude. The quiz uses this geographic reference to estimate your location. It is possible that the postal code that is displayed is inaccurate. For more accurate results, we advise you to enter your postal code.
For many of us, working from home is now the norm. While it can be easy to set up your new home office, it’s important to consider if your Internet speed will be sufficient to support your increased online activity.The Internet speed you need varies with the type of activity your household does during the day. We recommend a minimum Internet speed of :
Keep in mind that if you are not the only person to use the Internet in your household, you will need a higher Internet speed. Streaming, online gaming and video calling are all popular activities and require high-speed Internet. For households with multiple people using the Internet, it’s recommended to have at least 10 to 25 Mbps.
A virtual private network (VPN) allows users to use the Internet on a public network as if it was a private network. Because VPNs encrypt your transmitted data and mask your Internet protocol (IP) address, your online privacy and anonymity are guaranteed.
Although they are popular with many companies that have remote employees, VPNs can create latency and therefore slow down Internet speeds. Latency is mostly due to the physical distance between a user and the data he is trying to access. In other words, if a website is hosted on a local server, the user will perceive faster loading times than if it was hosted on a server on the other side of the planet.
Comparatively, when a user browses the Internet with a VPN, the data must travel from the user to the VPN, then to the server, then back to the VPN and finally back to the user. Because VPNs add a new link in the chain between the user and the website, there is more latency.
If you work from home, you most likely participate in video calls to interact with your colleagues. Whether you use Zoom, Skype or Teams, if you want a smooth calling experience with high-quality video and close to no delay, you’ll need appropriate Internet speed. Below we’ve outlined the minimum recommended speeds to use Zoom, Skype and Teams.