How to test your Internet connection speed

How to test your Internet connection speed

Last updated: August 19, 2018 

If your Internet connection seems slower than normal, or streaming content from Hulu or Netflix is not in high definition (HD), a variety of factors could be at play. Before contacting your Internet Service Provider (ISP), it may be helpful to test your Internet connection speed. A Speed Test is a free analytical tool that tests your Internet connection speed against different servers around the world. During the test, packets of data are sent from your computer or smartphone to those servers.

Speed tests are conducted using HTTP protocol, just like normal web browsing. After the completion of your speed test, your connection’s download and upload speeds will display. You may use this information to compare your connection speed with others who use your ISP. You may also alert your Internet Service Provider of a potential issue with your Internet connection.

Run a Speed Test

To run a free Speed Test now, just visit: http://www.speedtest.net

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After the completion of your speed test, take the opportunity to share the results with friends, family and colleagues. The speed test makes sharing your results fun and easy. The option to generate and copy a link for use in your web site, an image of your results, or embed code are all presented right in the results. Choose to share your results on social media by clicking the corresponding share buttons.

If you are experiencing consistently slower Internet connection speeds, or your web browser is taking a long time to load pages, you may need to power-cycle your modem (and other network devices such as your router). When you power-cycling your modem, your internet connection refreshes. This could improve Internet connection speed, and improve your speed test results as well.

It is also possible to run a speed test on a smartphone to test your cellular network. Android users download the Speedtest app from the Google Play Store. iPhone users download the Speedtest app from the App Store. Download the Speedtest by Ookla app from the Microsoft Store if you are a Windows 10 user.

Don’t take your ISP’s word for it! Check your Internet speed today, and hold your ISP accountable.

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