What is it?
Bandwidth refers to the speed of your internet connection and how quickly data can be transferred within a specific time. It is usually measured in bits per second, or expressed as kbit/s.
How does it work?
Bandwidth to your computer is mainly determined by your connection to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). The type of connection, such as fibre optics, broadband or modem, determines how fast it takes to transfer data, such as loading websites and downloading material from a website. Other factors, such as malware, which uses hidden bandwidth, can affect the speed of your internet connection.
Many people mistakenly believe that bandwidth also means how much data your ISP allows you to download each month, however this is more about the account type you have agreed to for online usage and the charges you pay. This is sometimes known as your data allowance.
Remember that the quoted bandwidth is only the maximum you can expect. Many factors can reduce the actual bandwidth.
Why is it useful?
Bandwidth is useful because it determines how fast websites load, and how quickly you can download data, such as songs, programs, documents, photos and the like.
What do you need to keep in mind about your child and bandwidth?
The higher the bandwidth, the easier it is for your child to use the computer, therefore connecting to your ISP in the fastest way you can afford can help your child use the computer as a search tool for schoolwork.
Bandwidth can also be used to measure the speed of other types of data connections such as USB cables, networking cables and WiFi connections.