Arqade is a question and answer site for passionate videogamers on all platforms. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I want to know what the recommend bandwidth for World of Warcraft. I also want to know what is actual used-bandwidth by average per seconds?

Currently I am working in Afghanistan. Here I have found some internet with about 256mb/sec 256kb/sec connection. To clarify, that is mega kilobits not mega kilobytes. Is this connection suitable for limited play such as leveling and 5-man instants?

share|improve this question
Are you sure you don't mean 256 kilobits/sec? 256Mb/sec is extremely fast- good enough for streaming high def video. The average US broadband speed in 3.9Mb/s – Joe Gauterin Dec 3 '10 at 11:54
+1 For finding that mistake. It has been corrected. – SgtOJ Dec 3 '10 at 12:04
I play on a 150kb/s connection. Major patches will take a while to download. I'd think that the average usage per second would depend heavily on how populated the world around you is. – JamesGecko Dec 3 '10 at 17:50
I play WoW on a high-latency connection and I'd recommend Quartz (, an actionbar addon that helps compensate for latency when timing spell casts. – Cory J Dec 4 '10 at 0:47
Download will be slow, but if you find a server close to where you live you will negate a large amount of latency allowing you to a weaker broadband connection. – Charkz Oct 30 '13 at 12:38
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Average used bandwidth is very low. I haven't tested it recently but it used to be possible to run WoW off a 56kbps dial-up link, implying a download rate of probably 6kBps or lower. The latency tends to be a much greater issue, as creatures/players may not be where your client shows them as and it can impact upon spell casting delays, etc.

By the way, if that connection really is 256 mbps, that's faster than almost all of Australia and New Zealand plays WoW at - that is 32 MB/sec, and we tend to top out at 10-20 MB/sec.

share|improve this answer
I meant 256kb/sec. It has been corrected. Sorry for the error. – SgtOJ Dec 3 '10 at 12:05
you also might experience "popping" in high traffic areas as your client downloads all the data for other players. – Xantec Dec 3 '10 at 12:20
On a 256kb/sec link, leveling should be fine. You might find you lag a bit (or a lot) in instances, as the increased traffic caused by five players and multiple mobs using abilities, etc, can have a negative game impact. – dlanod Dec 4 '10 at 20:32

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.