At our squadron, and we have 10 desktops all on a lan and numerous laptops and mobile devices we make do with about a 5Mb connection through the landline. This is absolutely fine for having Bader on 3 computers at once and 4 computers in an IT room in use and we have had 14 simultaneous Ultilearn exams going on along with still being used as usual in the office. However if you want really speedy if you can get fibre optic and 20Mb would do quite well, we didn’t bother upgrading because of the extra cost just to be used 5 hours a week.
What ISPs are available in the area? Unlimited downloads? What price will you want to pay monthly? Is length of contract important? How many users (for wi-fi network, etc)? Free router &/or installation included? Will you make a potential saving by changing to a 'phone + broadband package - but 'phone calls probably are not likely to be a huge element of a sqn’s bill?
In general, the faster the better, but all depends on your budget.
Speed is not necessarily a problem with Bader or Ultilearn, they can be slowed down purely by the number of subscribers trying to access the relevant servers at the same time = sqn parade nights!
Well done Rifle. Its about time someone came out and said what they run, in terms of SMS, Bader, Ultilearn, etc, instead of constantly coming up with excuses for having ‘connectivity’ issues. Okay, fine, it all depends on distance from exchange and all the malarky but squadrons can operate successfully on just 5Mb. You don’t have to go down the route of superfast fibre optics.
The distance from exchange really is tosh sometimes. I’m beyond 5 miles from the exchange and I get above 5 Mbps, yet apparently my local sqn which is 10 meters away from the exchange doesn’t go over 3 Mbps.
But for “3 Users” on average using the line for no more than 6 hrs a week. 3 Mbps and 10 GigaBytes Allowance is sufficent
Warning note - speeds are advertised as “up to” by many providers. If looking at ADSL via exchange, then don’t forget that in the evenings, the speeds can drop significantly as everyone hits the internet, sometimes below 1-2 Mbs download.
This may give useful indications of local speed tests: