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Can Clubhouse function on 2G? How fast is it, and how much bandwidth does it require per hour? To reach our conclusions, we conduct a comparison test. Find out more in the video below.
Clubhouse is gaining popularity in Nepal, and social media is buzzing about it. The audio-chat-based software has gone viral among the teenage demographic, and its user base is rising by the day.
With the increased use of Clubhouse, many people have wondered how much bandwidth it requires. Given that the majority of existing users spend a significant portion of their time on Facebook, Instagram, and Tiktok, it is understandable that they are curious about how much bandwidth this new craze requires. But first, before we go into the bandwidth data, we need to answer the question: Can we run Clubhouse on 2G?
2G is a second-generation mobile network that offers an average of 100-300kbps using EDGE technology. This speed is not suitable for programs that primarily use audio or video, as they require a steady high-speed bandwidth. For Clubhouse, 2G with EDGE (rather than GPRS) can be a mixed bag with a huge NO in the end.
Clubhouse on 2G
We only activated the Clubhouse app after switching to 2G on our cellphone. An ‘E’ can be seen in the upper right corner. The letter ‘E’ denotes an upgraded version of GPRS capable of speeds ranging from 100 to 300kbps.
While on ‘E,’ the program took a disappointing 5 seconds to load the home screen and another 6 seconds to load rooms with photographs, totaling 11 seconds. To be sure, we performed the experiment several times and got the same findings each time. We discovered early on that 2G is not the best network for the Clubhouse app. But there’s more to it than that.
To cut to the chase, how does it function while ‘tuning in’? and we thought that was fairly interesting. We began by entering a music-themed area that played music in a loop. Unfortunately, the app took an eternity to load on the first attempt. It took thirty seconds to begin at second. We won’t discuss audio quality just now.
Because the audio in our first room could not be streamed, we switched to another that had individuals speaking in turns. It worked this time. After 6 seconds, the soundtrack began to play. Perhaps the app was unable to play the music room’s audio due to its ongoing data requirements. However, in this room as well, the music streamed normally for a few minutes before staggering, making the entire experience awful. After 10 minutes, I gently exited the room since it had become intolerable.
Clubhouse utilized only 11.6MB during our brief ten-minute session on 2G. Normally, the program consumes more bandwidth than this, but due to the apparent poor data rate, the program was unable to process the required bandwidth for regular audio playback. During our tests, the broadband speed averaged 20KBps and occasionally reached 31KBps.
Clubhouse On 3G
We switched to the 3G network to see how much data Clubhouse actually consumes. Depending on the version, the third-generation network provides data speeds ranging from 2 to 21Mbps. At first glance, this appears to be more than enough for Clubhouse to play pull through the audio.
The software drew its home page quickly, as predicted, and it filled available rooms with photographs within three seconds. There was no discernible lag in speed. The experience was diametrically opposed to that of the 2G.
We entered a room that was buzzing with activity over a political issue for our next one-hour session. We listened in on the conversation without interruption and did our data check. Our data monitoring program discovered that the Clubhouse used 124MB of bandwidth in its 60-odd minutes of operation. In terms of data speed, the 3G was clocking at 24kBps and peaked at more than 100KBps all at once.
We never experienced any audio problems during our 3G training. The sound was crystal clear and completely audible. The audio was streaming as perfectly as it could be. Overall, the 3G network performed admirably for the Clubhouse app.
In our tests, we compared the viral app’s performance on major telecom carriers’ 2G and 3G networks. We saw considerable differences in performance between the two networks, with one providing a forgettable experience and the other providing a nice one. If you’re wondering why we didn’t utilize 4G, it’s because 3G’s sample test would be an accurate representation of 3G and anything above it.
For a while, the 2G’s EDGE did stream audio, but it had enough flaws. The audio struggled with errors in between, and it was a terrible experience to say the least.
Meanwhile, 3G demonstrated its full capabilities. It streamed the audio smoothly for nearly an hour, and we had no issues. The greater bandwidth speed capacity of 3G completely surpassed that of 2G, as seen in our test comparison.
To summarize, the 3G responded as well as it could. We can promise you that 3G and anything above is great for Clubhouse tuning due to its tremendous bandwidth speed and consistency.
The clubhouse app does not include videos or photographs like Facebook or Instagram. It is a basic audio-based software with a small bandwidth consumption. However, for lag-free audio streaming, it requires a very reliable and high-speed broadband network, which is the only requirement in the software.
We discovered via our testing that 2G cannot provide the bare minimum for an optimal Clubhouse experience. It is virtually ineligible for meeting the bandwidth speed criteria. When higher-speed networks are unavailable, we believe you should be satisfied with a 2G network. Otherwise, 3G provides considerably improved Internet capacity and a dependable Clubhouse experience.
To summarize, we recommend that you avoid the 2G network and keep your smartphone on 3G broadband for an uninterrupted and pleasant clubhouse audio experience.
Have you downloaded the Clubhouse app yet? Which cell network are you using? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.