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Bandwidth is a key issue: on a video call, you're exchanging live video. That can be tough. It's even more demanding than, say, watching a movie, which can be buffered. How much bandwidth depends on how many people are in your call. Here's how we've built Pluot, to help you get the best experience possible:
4 and fewer in your call
- When 4 or fewer are in your call, Pluot is peer-to-peer
- You can read our blog post, to walk through how your p2p call is set up
- 200 kbps per connection is required, for a p2p call
More than 4 in a call
We're big fans of p2p. Setting up the p2p connections, between every person, requires bandwidth, though. This gets onerous the more people in the call!
When more than 4 people join a call, your call switches to a cloud meeting.
- After the switch from p2p to cloud, a Pluot client only needs 200kb/s upstream in total, no matter how many participants are in the meeting, and needs about 75 kb/s per participant downstream for each participant that is sending video.
- So in a 10-participant meeting, you need about 200kb/s upstream and about 750kb/s downstream.
- In a 50-participant meeting with everyone sending video, you'd need about 3.5Mb/s.
- While a Pluot TV box on Ethernet can support this, most Internet connections can't sustain that amount of incoming data reliably for real-time video. Most people who have 50-participant meetings tend to have a few people with their cameras turned on and most people in the meeting "muted."
We hope the above helps. Please also reach out to us anytime. Just click the chat button, 8 am - 8 pm PST. Or email email@example.com 👋