How can you tell if you are getting the full Internet speed from your Internet service provider (ISP) that you agreed to pay for? When you applied for Internet service in your area, your ISP provided you with a variety of package deals. The two important numbers in each of these deals indicate two forms of speed: The first is the maximum speed at which you can download files, and the second is the rate at which you can upload files to others.
Even if you think that you will not be transferring files to other people, do not dismiss the rate of upload speed; both numbers are vital to transmitting at an optimal level of speed for the smoothest possible experience on the Internet. Have you ever wondered how it is possible to take an Internet speed test in order to check whether your numbers are what were promised upon signing up?
The first Internet speed test you can take to test your Internet speed is found directly on the control panel page of your router. As you might expect, the exact procedure and aesthetic appearance of this page will significantly vary depending on the exact make and model of your router. Typically, this page will offer you real-time information with regard to the Internet speed rates you are obtaining in packets per second.
Check the sticker located somewhere on your router, which will tell you how to access your router. Most routers require you to enter 192.168.1.1 into the browser and provide authorized login information to do this. Travel to the appropriate page which displays your Internet speed, there you can find information about the basic speed information you are currently experiencing.
With that option out of the way, there are other interesting ways you can conduct an Internet speed test. SpeedTest.org is a website that allows you perform a free Internet Speed Test. This test uses an Internet speed test server located near you and will send data back and forth to it in order to check your speed. As soon as you click the button labeled “Start speed test,” an animation begins to play, displaying a speedometer that indicates the results, or how much data you are sending and at what speed. It allows displays the location of the Internet speed test server. It is a relatively exciting test for the short minute that it takes.
At the end, you receive your results — how fast your download occurred and how fast your upload occurred. How can you tell that your speed fared well, though? If you use a dial-up, you will usually not experience speed faster than 32 kbps. This is the slowest you will generally get, and this is not useful for anything aside from sending emails. Those who live in the city are more likely to have either a cable or DSL connection that feature speeds up to 8 Mbps. You must check your documents to verify the level of speed you have subscribed to, especially for wireless users.
It is important to note that bandwidth also plays a factor in determining your download speed. Imagine if you ordered a pizza that was just the right amount for you, but you let one person take a slice and let someone else take another slice. Now you are left with only a portion of what you paid for, and you are only going to have access to that portion unless you take back the slices. Similarly, if you pay for 8 Mbps of speed but you are downloading something at a rate of 2 Mbps, you are only going to be able to use 6 Mbps of your paid package as long as you are downloading that item.
In other words, if you are performing any tasks that affect your bandwidth — this can include downloading programs or streaming any sort of media — then know that taking an Internet speed test will give you neither the optimal nor correct results you seek. It is easy to fume over believing you are only getting 6 Mbps of your package, but if you stop the 2 Mbps download or streaming, you can take the test with accuracy.
With this new knowledge in hand, it is always a good idea to exercise it and test the speed of your Internet every now and then. If you notice that your speed dips considerably below the promised rate even when you are not using up your bandwidth, you need to speak with your Internet service provider in order to figure out a solution to the problem you are having.