An Internet speed test can give you the details of your download and upload speed, to check whether your ISP delivering the data speeds you were promised. You can’t see your Internet connection’s true speed from within your computer’s settings. To test Internet speed, all you need is a computer with web browser. For best results, you should use a wired connection because fluctuations may occur while you’re on Wi-Fi. If you’ve a MacBook Air, tablet or some other device that doesn’t have an Ethernet port, make sure Wi-Fi router is away from electronic devices like cordless phones. While testing Internet speed, disconnect any other devices from your Wi-Fi network.

You can improve web surfing speed by open DNS, Google public DNS or DNS benchmark, if you’re experiencing slow Internet speed. 

3 Ways To Test Your Internet Speed

If you see a major difference between the Internet connection speed your ISP promised you, the speed your measured with Internet speed test, it might means that you’re comparing bytes and bits. People often incorrectly assume that a speed of 1 Mbps will allow them to download a 1 MB file in 1 second because one byte contains eight bits, thus making a Megabyte 8 times the size of a Megabit. For example, Internet speed of 10 MB/s and 80 Mb/s are exactly the same.

This article will help you for Internet speed test, using computer, mobile phone or any other device. 

#1. Services For Internet Speed Test :

There are many third-party web pages that has been designed to test your Internet connection speed. The website like speedtest.net or speedof.me enable you to see how much bandwidth your connection has to determine its speed.

My speedtest.net results showing the download and upload speed in Mb/s as well as the ping in ms.

 

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Mbps download : The number of megabits per second your connection is allowing you to download.

Mbps upload : The number of megabits per second your connection is uploading.

Latency : The number of milliseconds it takes for your Internet connection to respond to a command (e.g., a search query or a page loading).

To test the speed of your cellular data connection on your smartphone, you can download the speedtest.net app on your smartphone.

#2. Internet Speed Test Using Command Prompt (CMD) :

To open “Command Prompt” in Windows, right-click on Start menu and tap on “Run” desktop app. In Run, type “Command Prompt” and hit enter.

To check your Internet speed, just type the following command and hit enter.

ping www.google.com

 

Understand the Result :

Ping Statistics:

Sent: This is the amount of packets ping sent to the address you typed in the prompt. The default is four.

Received: This is the amount of packets that returned from the address you typed in the prompt. Ideally, this should equal the amount sent.

Lost: This is the amount of packets that did not return from the address you typed. Ideally, this should be zero.

Approximate Round Trip Times:

Minimum: This is the shortest time (in milliseconds) that it took for a packet to be sent to the address you typed and returned back to your computer. That is the “Round Trip” it is talking about.

Maximum: This is the longest time (in milliseconds) that it took for a packet to be sent to the address you typed and returned back to your computer.

Average: This is the average round trip time of all the packets sent. Ideally, this should be as low as possible. In the picture from the last step, the average was 3ms, which is very good. The larger the number here, the worse your connection is.

#3. Internet Speed Test Software :

Down Tester is a free utility that allow you to easily test your Internet download speed. It automatically test the download speed of the URLs that you choose, one after another. You can easily save the result into text/html/xml/csv file, or copy it to the clipboard and paste it into Excel and other applications.

Which method do you use to test Internet speed of your connection? Did we miss something, feel free to share with us via comments!

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