What are Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Internet Connections? Cloud Gaming and More

Internet speeds explained

We all know, speed speaks and that is what we need! Likewise, the Internet speed is what matters to us Netizens in this 21st-century breakdown. Speed is one of the most important aspects when it comes to Internet connections. There are two speeds to consider when it comes to any Internet Connection. One is the download speed and the other is the upload speed.

The download speed is one the most commonly talked about, used advertised, and useful for most Internet users. The download speed is the speed at which our Internet can retrieve data from the Internet. In simple terms, it is the speed at which you can download data like apps, games, movies, and more.

The speed at which your Internet connection sends data from your device to the Internet is known as the Upload speed. Upload speeds come into play when you are pushing some data on the Internet from your end, like uploading your DP, pictures, videos on social media, and more.  The upload speeds are usually 1/10th of the download speed.


What is Symmetrical Internet Connection? What do we need to know?

As the name suggests, a Symmetrical Internet Connection is when the download and upload speeds are the same. An Internet connection with a 1/GBPS fiber Internet connection can be an example of a Symmetrical Internet connection. In such a connection, you can get an upload and download speed of 1/GBPS.


Fields and Uses:

  • Small and Large Offices: Symmetrical Internet connections are useful in office environments where several people connect and transfer data to the Internet simultaneously. When several people are connected to a LAN and are constantly accessing the Internet to upload and download data, you could consider employing a Symmetrical connection.
  • Large File Sharing/Video Conferencing: If your work involves uploading huge files on the Internet on a regular basis, then a Symmetrical Internet connection is the one to choose. An example of this could be YouTubers that require very high upload speeds to upload their videos in 4K quality that makes the files huge in size. Faster upload speeds mean lesser time to upload high-quality videos. High upload speeds are also required for smooth video conferencing, which has replaced various office-team meetings in today’s time.
  • Accessing Cloud Services: If a business has some cloud-based applications, they would require high upload speeds to access the cloud networks. Cloud gaming (GeForce Now) is also a new revolution in gaming, where the games are stored in cloud servers and can be played without downloading them. Such use cases would be benefitted from a Symmetrical connection.


What are Asymmetrical Internet Connections?

When the data speed and file transfer rate on your Internet connection are different for uploading and downloading, such a connection is known as an Asymmetcial Internet connection. As it was pointed out before, usually, our upload speed is a fraction of the download speed. This connection relies on delivering a faster download speed, but considerably low upload speeds. Examples of an Asymmetrical Internet Connection would be FTTC, FTTP, and a traditional home-internet system which in technical terms is called the DSL. An asymmetrical connection is often cheaper than a symmetrical Internet connection.


Cases where Asymmetrical Internet Connection comes into play:

  • Downloading Large Files: If you access the Internet to download huge games, movies, apps, and more, you would require high downloading speeds. In such cases, an asymmetrical connection can be useful as you get high download speeds without having to spend unnecessary money on getting high upload speeds.
  • Online Streaming; OTT and 4K YouTube: Best suitable example for this is the phase after the nemesis of COVID-19 likewise the lockdown. Since we are all locked inside our homes, online streaming of movies has become the major source of Entertainment. A smooth buffer-less experience can be achieved by an asymmetrical connection.
  • Cost-Effective General Use: If you want a cost-effective Internet connection for your home, where your family members have their different use cases, then also Asymmetcial connections can be of use. As most use cases at home revolve accessing the Internet for downloads, binge browsing, thus an Asymmetrical Internet connection can get the job done for you on a budget.