water-faucetIt’s about right sizing for flow.

Tankless Water Heaters are measured by GPM (Gallons Per Minute) and the internet bandwidth is measured in Mbps (Megabits Per Second). Now how on earth does a tankless heater and internet service have in common?  Both have flow-rates, one flows hot water and the other flows IP packets.

As a Telecom and Internet Consultant in Southern California (San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles), clients ask me to quote them for internet bandwidth. My question to them is how much bandwidth. When speaking to non-technical person, I get the deer in the headlights look. This makes sense because they do not know how to analyze their bandwidth requirements. Same thing happened to me when shopping around for a tankless water heater. The salesperson asks me, how much flow-rate. Do you see the deer in the headlights yet?

As I shopped around and tried to get quotes and question answered regarding what tankless heater to get, I got frustrated because everyone kept trying to sell me instead of educating me. After a few days, I was so confused and frustrated by this experience. Then I saw the value in what I do for people shopping around, but only this time for internet; we don’t sell, we educate and find the right bandwidth and solution for our customers.

So I took matter into my own hands to figure out the best tankless heater. As I began to understand the importance of Flow Rate and Consumption requirements, it reminded me of how the internet works. If the Flow Rate or Bandwidth is not sufficient enough to support the users, then things would run slow and the experience would not be enjoyable. Taking a cold shower is like a slow internet connection, it’s painful.

So what does tankless heater and Internet have in common? Flow Rate and Consumption.

  1. Flow-Rate (GPM or Mbps):
    • In the Tankless heater world, it’s called Gallons Per Minute (GPM)
    • In the Internet world, bandwidth is measured by Megabits per second (Mbps).
  2. CONSUMPTION:
    • In both Tankless and Internet world, it depends on the following:
      • Number of simultaneous applications
      • Consumption needed by application.

I recommend you calculate Consumption first, then deciding on FLOW RATE is that much easier.

Consumption requirements:

Tankless                               GPM                                                     Internet                               Mbps

1st shower                           1.00                                                       Web Browsing                    3.0

2nd shower                          1.00                                                      email                                     3.0

Washing machine            0.75                                                        CRM (Salesforce)               2.0

Dishwasher                        0.50                                                       ERP                                        1.5

Kitchen sink                        1.00                                                      Voice                                     0.5

Maximum GPM           4.25                                                     Streaming video                 5.0

………………………………………………………………………………………Large files*                        10.0

………………………………………………………………………………………..Music streaming                2.0

                                                                                                    Maximum Mbps               27

 So once one knows their maximum requirements during peak utilization, it now easier to figure out what Flow-Rate to buy. In my situation, I did not need the 9.9 GPM as the salesperson was trying to get me to buy because it was over kill for the household. Instead, I purchased a 6.6 GPM tankless heater, saved myself $2,000. Same thing can be said about the internet, once one knows their maximum bandwidth needs, it’s far easier to select the proper internet bandwidth. So in the above example for internet flow or requirements, I would recommend that can support allow application that run simultaneous, so I would recommend speed around 25Mbps to 50Mbps. It’s is always better to start slower and increase as needed.

Choosing the right Flow rates for tankless or bandwidth for internet is an important decision. The wrong decision will cost you more money. The right decision will keep cost down and the end user will have an enjoyable experience. Nothing worse than running out of hot water when taking a shower or a slow internet when trying to watch a video.

If you need help right sizing your internet bandwidth for your business, contact Green Telecom Group at 949-252-8800 or send email to quotes@greentelcom.com