NetFort Tips & Tricks

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To be expected, we always want our YouTube videos to be available at maximum resolution so we can have the best viewing experience, but did you ever stop to consider how much data YouTube actually consumes while watching at the various size resolutions that are available?

Typically, a video will play on any of the following resolutions: 144p, 480p, 720p, 1080p HD and 2160p HD 4k.  Needless to say, the higher the resolution the better the quality, but it also requires more data. Any such activities can consume a lot bandwidth on your WAN or Internet connection.

Here are some interesting findings that came from our recent research which you might find useful when trying to keep your network running faster.

If you want to watch a YouTube video, you can reduce the quality of the resolution which will result in less bandwidth use. Just click on the gear symbol bottom right and choose 480p or less.

  • Watching a video at 144p used up about 0.12Mb/s of bandwidth
  • Watching a video at 480p used around 1.6Mb/s
  • 1080p used around 3.5Mb/s
  • Latest 4k HD option at 2060p used just under 20Mb/s
With LANGuardian, you can monitor how much bandwidth the various YouTube options are consuming on your network.


1080p HD

​​​2160p HD 4k

If you would like to find out more about How to conserve YouTube bandwidth usage, see Darragh Delaney’s recent blog article.

If you need any help with any aspect of LANGuardian, please do no hesitate to contact us on
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