Estimate your bandwidth requirements (meetinghouse)
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It may be useful for you to estimate your bandwidth requirements. Bandwidth refers to the amount of data you can transfer at one time from the Internet to your computer (or vice versa), and is usually measured in kilobits per second (Kbps) or megabits per second (Mbps).
As you estimate your bandwidth requirements, consider the following questions: Are you going to be webcasting to or from your meetinghouse? Will you be showing general conference over the Internet? How many concurrent connections do you expect to have? Do you have a Family History Center with multiple computers, or some other collocated office that will share Internet access? Will you accommodate video conferencing? Will you be training groups of people on various Church sites, such as jobs.lds.org or new.familysearch.org? Take all of this into consideration as you estimate your bandwidth requirements.
If you need a chart showing bandwidth consumption for common Church applications, see this bandwidth guidelines PDF.
In most cases you don't need to add up all the numbers. Just get a general sense about bandwidth expectations. Most likely you will choose a provider that gives you the bandwidth you need or as much bandwidth as possible for a reasonable price.
Note: Keep in mind that each meetinghouse Internet user takes up portions of the existing bandwidth. If you're holding a meetinghouse Webcast while clerks are using MLS, family history consultants are doing research on familysearch.org, and other members are browsing Mormon Message videos in a classroom, everybody will be sharing your total bandwidth. If the amount of bandwidth available to real-time applications such as Webcasting becomes too low, those applications may not function correctly. If you're running a Webcast, you may want to make sure others aren't using the Internet at the same time.