Most people don't need to know too much about the ins and outs of the Internet in order to use it on a daily basis. You can learn quite easily how to check your email and even start your own blog if you're so inclined. But, there are a few things that you might want to understand about going online if you're going to make the most out of it. One of them is the concept of bandwidth.
You might have heard of bandwidth when you were signing up for your Internet provider and not thought much about it. But, this is actually what determines how quickly you're able to download that video on Youtube or pictures of houses you are thinking of buying. The Internet is essentially millions of computers that are all linked together throughout the world. Your Internet Service Provider (or ISP) has a large connection to the Internet that is quite expensive to maintain. The ISP is able to make money by renting out portions of this connection to different consumers.
Your bandwidth is the strength of the wire that is connecting your computer to your modem and ISP. A good comparison is to think of a pipe. The larger the pipe, the faster you would be able to fill up a sink. The more bandwidth in the wire, the faster connection you will have and the easier it will be to download everything from your email to a movie. When you're deciding how much bandwidth you need, it will usually depend on how much you're willing to spend. The faster connection, the more it will cost you.
Another consideration when it comes to bandwidth is how many computers you are planning to run all at the same time. If you're setting up an Internet connection for your home and you live alone then you might not need all that much in terms of bandwidth. But, if you're setting up the Internet for an office then you might need something a little stronger. When you're setting up Internet for a business, you will also want to think about efficiency as well as money. You will be losing valuable time if you're spending much of the day waiting for files to download and webpages to open.