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1 Gig Requirements

With speed this fast, you need to make sure your equipment can handle it.
The Computer
Your computer needs a Gig Ethernet port. There are other factors on your device that can affect your speeds like the operating system, processor, memory, network adapter, the browser and the number of apps you have running.

Recommended Computer Specifications:
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-3320M CPU @ 2.60GHz (4 CPUs)
  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Network adapter: 1 Gig (How to find?)
The Modem
Your modem/router needs a Gig Ethernet ports or a wireless radio need to be fast enough to handle your speed. Check out the "Ports" and "Features > WiFi" column on the CenturyLink modem compatibility table to see what your device is capable of.

Recommended Modem/Router Specifications:
The Cable
The Ethernet cable has been evolving since 1985. As technology changed, different categories of Ethernet cables started being developed. Each category has a different maximum data transmission speed. All Pairs must be used for GigaBit Ethernet to work.

Category Cable Type* Max Speed
3 UTP 10 Mbps
5 UTP 10/100 Mbps
5e UTP 1 Gig
6 UTP or STP 1 Gig
6a STP 10 Gig
6 SSTP 10 Gig

*What is UTP and STP?
Speed tests performed over a wireless connection don't reflect your full connection speed. Keep in mind that wired connections are faster, more secure, more dependable and should be used whenever possible. With that in mind, we can show you some tricks to improve your wireless connection.

You can get the fastest Wi-Fi speeds possible in your environment by having a computer and modem/router both using 802.11ac* and connected @ 5 Ghz.
  • Your Computer: 802.11ac* Wi-Fi adapter connected @ 5 Ghz
  • Your Modem/Router: 802.11ac* Wi-Fi radio connected @ 5 Ghz^
*802.11ac has a theoretical speed of 1.3 Gbps and a real-world speed of between 70-100+ Mbps. Real-world speeds consider factors like interference and distance.
Other Devices
If you have multiple devices using your high-speed Internet, your 1 Gig speed will be shared with those devices. Be aware of devices can eat up your speeds: other computers, gaming system, web enabled camera, DVRs, TV's, routers, VoIP phones, wireless printers, smart phones, Android, iPhone, iPad, Smarthome, Roku, Apple TV or Chomrecast.