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 Daily.co, to help you get the best experience possible:
Four and fewer in your call
- When four or fewer are in your call, Daily.co 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 Daily.co 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.
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