Prepare your network for a great Microsoft Teams experience
The Bandwidth Calculator for Microsoft Teams provides you with an estimate of the expected bandwidth generated by Microsoft Teams within your organization. By inputting your user count and expected behavior, the resulting calculation will better prepare you to successfully leverage Microsoft Teams in your environment. The Bandwidth Numbers generated are based on typical bandwidth values and will provide a starting point for further optimization. Should you want to learn more about aligning the tool more to your specific needs and the possible caveats, you can find further explanation about the tool is added below or watch our training recording here: Teams Academy: Bandwidth Calculator
To begin, simply input your site name and your user count for Microsoft Teams, and press Calculate. This will immediately display the impact that Microsoft Teams will have on both the WAN, as well as Office 365 based, expected usage numbers. We’ve filled in most of the options based on what we typically see within customers, however you can customize these to match your organization.
Yes, it’s that simple.
For a more detailed explanation and a few caveats, see below.
The Bandwidth Calculator is set up by default to use average values. The following explains the different fields within the Bandwidth Calculator, what they do, and when you may want to change them. The standard settings (medium) are based upon averages we have seen within companies and should only have to be changed if your company uses these specific modalities differently.
If you are getting started with Teams, the medium values are a great starting point. They represent the average usage of Teams within a company. If you know from experience, for example because your company does not have webcams or you never used desktop sharing in previous collaboration solutions, you should change the values from medium to that what fits your company. Another good example is if your company requires video in all conference calls.
Site Name : What is your site name? This is for your reference only so you know which site you have configured.
User Count : How many users are (or will be) enabled for Microsoft Teams for the specified site?
Remote Percentage : What percentage of users assigned to this site work remotely?
Teams Usage : How heavily do people use Microsoft Teams?
P2P Audio, Video and Desktop Sharing Usage : How often are these modalities used in P2P scenarios within this specific site?
Conference Usage : How often is conferencing used in your company? Note: If set to None, you must also set the conference audio/video and desktop sharing to None.
Conference Audio, Video, Desktop Sharing Usage : How often are these modalities used inside conferences?
WAN Impact : What is the impact this specific site will have on the WAN connection? If your site does NOT have a WAN connection, this value must be added to the Office 365 connection.
O365 Impact : What is the impact this site will have on the Office 365 connection? In most cases, this refers to the internet connection of this site. Should your site not have a direct connection, and uses the WAN, this number should be added to the WAN impact.
Calculate : You will need to press this after any of input or configuration fields are changed.
Export button : Export your calculation to an Excel file.
+ Add Row button : Add more sites for calculations (maximum of 10).
Caveats and Next Steps
The Bandwidth Calculator is based on the typical bandwidth usage of each codec. It will not give you maximum bandwidth, but the expected amount of bandwidth being used.
The Bandwidth Calculator was based on average site numbers. Inputting very small or large numbers (for example, 1% or 100% remote usage, 4 users in a site or a million users in a site) will skew the results into unrealistic numbers.