Complete the most accurate test by clicking on “Begin Test.” Speedtest. will automatically select the server with the lowest ping time. This means you will be connected to the closest server from a computer networking perspective. Speedtest.net provides hundreds of different servers located around the globe, thereby eliminating internet congestion that negatively impacts your speed test.
The “Begin Test” method is the most reliable, but feel free to experiment with manually choosing a server by selecting the white locator dots on the “Begin Test” map. You may also select a “Preferred Server” in your Settings to permanently give a selected server priority in any future tests. Due to Internet congestion and unpredictable ping times, you are usually better off letting Speedtest. select the best server for each test.
Test often and at different times of the day to ensure that your connection is up to speed! Utilize the My Results page to compare your Internet connection with others, and remember to use your test results when searching for solutions or settling disputes with your Internet service provider.
Start the speed test by clicking on the big button in the center of the page. The check will start by downloading a file and will measure your download speed. Once the download has finished, the broadband speed test will try to upload a file and will measure your upload speed
What must be installed to use Broadband speed checker?
Why the download or upload test does not work?
If you have a firewall or antivirus software installed that is not configured properly, then speed checker may not work correctly. Try to disable the firewall / antivirus when you are running the speed checker. After the test has been completed do not forget to turn it back on so you stay protected.
What does kbps mean?
It means kilobits per second. Usually, when you purchase a broadband then ISP explains speed in Mb. 1 Mb has 1024 kilobits.
What might affect my speed test?
Any applications running on your PC can affect the speed, so you should disable temporarily :
- email checking software
- instant messenger or other chat software
- internet radio
- windows updates
- any other downloading
How does the speed checker work?
Our speed checker downloads a file from the server and measures how long your connection takes to download it. The size of the file will be different according to your line speed.
How accurate is the speed checker?
We have tried to build the speed checker as accurate as possible but there are several factors that can affect the test. The speed checker measures the speed at the time of the test so if your network is running slow at that time then speed checker will report a slow speed. This does not necessarily mean that your internet connection is slow at the other times.
How long it takes the speed checker to complete?
About 20 seconds.
|33.6 K (Modem)||33,600 bps||41 mins, 36 secs|
|56 K (Modem)||56,000 bps||24 mins, 57 secs|
|64 K (DS-0)||64,000 bps||21 mins, 50 secs|
|128 K (ISDN)||128,000 bps||10 mins, 55 secs|
|256 K (DSL)||256,000 bps||5 mins, 27 secs|
|640 K (DSL/Cable)||640,000 bps||2 mins, 11 secs|
|768 K (DSL/Cable)||768,000 bps||1 min, 49 secs|
|T1, DS-1||1.544 Mbps||54 secs|
|T3, DS-3||44.736 Mbps||1 sec|
|OC-1||51.840 Mbps||1 sec|
|OC-3||155.520 Mbps||Less than a second.|
|OC-12||622.520 Mbps||Less than a second.|
|OC-48||2.488 Gbps||Less than a second.|
|OC-192||10Gbps||Less than a second.|
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August 11th, 2010
posted by Hanna
For the average user, download throughput is the primary metric used when considering the speed of your broadband package to measure the quality of your online experience. Download throughput represents how quickly you can receive information, such as reading email, browsing web pages, downloading content such as music, photos or applications as well as the quality and buffer rate when streaming video.
Because download is more meaningful for popular activities, residential Internet packages are typically asynchronous, and normally download is much faster than upload. An example: 5.0Mbps/1.5Mbps package means 5 megabits of downstream per second, while only a fraction of the upstream at 1.5 megabits per second. Packages vary widely with some having upload as low as 128Kbp/s or just about twice as fast as a dial-up connection. In a future post we will provide suggested download and upload speeds for a variety of online activities.
Naturally, upload speeds are very important if you are hosting information via a web or email server. This is because the upload throughput will determine how quickly other users can access information from your network. Your upload is another person’s download and vice versa. Most residential users aren’t hosting servers, so in that respect upload is typically not a big issue.
However, where upload throughput really matters is when you want to quickly share outbound content from your connection. Examples of these activities include sending an email and uploading photos or video to a website like Facebook, Flickr or YouTube. As more users have a higher need to send large emails and post higher resolution photos and videos to websites, upload is telling a larger part of the whole story. Another increasingly popular use of upload is peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs, such as BitTorrent, where upload is required to continually send content in order to have the privilege of downloading. VoIP, Video Conferencing and Online Gaming also require upload throughput for the bi-directional interactions.
So, depending on what you are looking to do with your broadband connection, be sure to consider upload speed carefully. Remember that although neither are particularly fast, even 256Kbp/s will allow you to upload twice as fast as 128Kbp/s and you’ll appreciate that the next time you upload pictures or send that big email attachment to a friend.
October 27th, 2010
posted by Hanna
We believe that everyone should have free access to tools and information that help them get the best possible value from their Internet service. Our company has been working to ensure that the public gets faster, more high-quality Internet for years, and the goal of this post is to share that expertise with you. The power to optimize one’s Internet performance and increase overall satisfaction could be just a few simple steps away.
Remember: the overall quality and speed of an Internet connection is largely determined by the capabilities of your Internet Service Provider (ISP). However, there are questions you can ask – and answer! – to help ensure that you’re getting the most value from your connection.
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Much as it sounds, if you have anything less than complete success in transmitting and receiving “packets” of data then you are experiencing this problem with your Internet connection. It can mean much slower download and upload speeds, poor quality VoIP audio, pauses with streaming media and what seems like time warping in games — your connection may even come to a total standstill! Packet loss is a metric where anything greater than 0% should cause concern.
This measurement tells how long it takes a “packet” of data to travel from your computer to a server on the Internet and back. Whenever you experience delayed responses in Internet applications – this would be due to a higher than desired ping. Similar to packet loss, lower is better when it comes to ping. A result below 100 ms should be expected from any decent broadband connection.
Once you understand ping, jitter should also make sense. Jitter is merely the variance in measuring successive ping tests. Zero jitter means the results were exactly the same every time, and anything above zero is the amount by which they varied. Like the other quality measurements, a lower jitter value is better. And while some jitter should be expected over the Internet, having it be a small fraction of the ping result is ideal.
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If you have ever had a tech support call regarding what programs start, when you boot up Windows XP, you may have heard the term MSCONFIG. Perhaps you were instructed by a technician where to go and what to do with this tool. Granted, this is not necessarily something that one would use on a daily basis. However, there are occasions when MSCONFIG is quite useful, providing there is practical information on how to utilize it.
Before we get into what MSCONFIG is used for, we need to know how to access it. This is accomplished by left-click on Start, then Run. While in the Run dialog box, type in MSCONFIG (it is not case-sensitive) in white space, then left-click on Ok. It is important to note, before proceeding, that any changes made in MSCONFIG require a reboot before they are permanent.
A medium-sized window will pop-up on your screen, with a selection of six tabs. The first tab, which is selected by default, is the General tab. Is this view, you will see three selectable radio buttons under the Startup Selection heading. Normal Startup will be selected if you have never used MSCONFIG. Diagnostic Startup will start Windows XP up in a “stripped down” functionality mode, akin to a Safe Mode startup. If you choose this option, remember to change it back when you are done troubleshooting, or Windows will keep starting up in this manner.
If one does not encounter the Normal Startup being selected in MSCONFIG, they will see the Selective Startup having the dot next to it. This means that something has been altered with Windows, and only the active items will start. Not to panic though, it may have been as simple as a startup item being removed from its list. Maybe the BOOT.INI file was modified to allow different boot option with Windows.
While I do not intend to get too deep into the nuts and bolts of the SYSTEM.INI, WIN.INI, and BOOT.INI tabs, I do want to show an example of what a typical BOOT.INI screen looks like. In this screen shot, we see some standard boot commands with a Windows XP Professional setup on a single hard drive.
One of the reasons is that I would not want a computer user to venture boldly into the WIN and SYSTEM settings, is that any small change may cause Windows to break and sink faster than the Titanic. I do not believe there is enough room in this post for all the documentation. I recommend consulting your local computertechnician or the Microsoft Knowledgebase.
Oddly enough, the next tab over, Services, has a feature that I personally believe should be available in the other dangerous areas. In the Services tab, you see all of your computer’s services relating to Windows, and any other program on your machine that is installed as a service. The nice item in this screen is the Essential column heading (screen shot annotation #1). This annotates that a listed service is necessary to run Windows. Should you deselect it, well, it goes without saying that things, not necessarily good ones, will happen.
While in the Services tab, you can look at any non-Windows service by left-clicking on the Hide All Microsoft Services checkbox (screen shot annotation #2). Doing this is not damaging to Windows, it is simply a toggle switch. You can also Disable All (screen shot annotation #3) services if you want to, enough said.
The last tab in MSCONFIG is one of the more frequently visited areas. The Startup tab controls what programs start with Windows. If you want a program to not start alongside Windows, simply uncheck the box on the left-hand side of the window, under Startup Items, and it will not start with Windows. Following the columns to the right, you will notice the program or command that runs with the start item, as well as the actual location in the Windows Registry where a reference is for that item.
There are exceptions to the MSCONFIG rule of stopping startup programs. Various computer viruses, Trojans, and Spyware programs insert themselves into the Startup list, and are capable of self-repair. If you uncheck a suspicious program from the Startup list, only to look at MSCONFIG after a reboot, and it is still checked, there is a possibility that you have a malicious program on your computer.
It is also possible that if you update certain programs, like Adobe Acrobat Reader, it will reinsert items into the startup list after updates are run. However, as shown in the screen shot above, programs like Adobe are easy to spot on the Startup list.
This is a guest post by Charles Brader, a tech enthusiast and blogger.
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