Internet Connection Requirements

Updated Jan 06, 2021

To use Zoom effectively, you need a minimum speed Internet connection. This article shows the Internet connection speeds recommended by Zoom for specific capabilities. It also contains links to websites that can show you your current connection speed.

Connection Speed Requirements

Bandwidth requirements
Bandwidth describes the maximum volume of data your Internet connection can maintain. Bandwidth is often compared to a physical pipe through which water (data) runs. To increase the rate of flow, you need a larger diameter pipe (that is, more bandwidth).

Running Zoom Class Sessions

Sharing your screen or viewing thumbnail videos of your students takes a certain amount of bandwidth. We recommend:

  • 5 Mbps (megabits-per-second) is recommeded as minimal bandwidth for IAIA faculty.
  • 25 Mbps would be better, and ensure reliability of your Zoom class sessions.
  • 1 Mbps is adequate for one-on-one Zoom sessions.

Run one of the speed tests linked below. If your connection speed is below or close to 5 Mbps, please contact the IAIA IT Department for assistance. Send an email message to:

Speed Test

Use the link below to run a speed test on your Internet connection. This speed can vary by your carrier, time of day, and others in your household who are using the Internet at the same time.

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