Bandwidth Consumption?

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Acreo Aeneas
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Bandwidth Consumption?

Post by Acreo Aeneas » Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:17 pm


My parents are considering switching from our landline to OOMA after I made a suggestion to them about it. I've done quite a bit of research and the question I have is how much bandwidth does incoming and outgoing calls eat?

I've found this thread through Google search where it mentions calls eat 32 kbps. Is that 32 kbits per sound or kilobytes per second? Does that number vary between incoming and outgoing?

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Re: Bandwidth Consumption?

Post by dsegel » Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:18 pm

kpbs is kilobits per second. You ideally would have much more bandwidth available than just what it needs, so there's some overhead left over for other computer activities. I tried Vonage with a DSL line that was rated at 384kbps uploading and it didn't fare so well. Now with cable internet at ~1100kbps I don't have any bandwidth problems (with Ooma).

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