You might want to check the speed of your Internet for a myriad of reasons, such as seeing if you got the advertised download speed, possibly troubleshooting problems and so on. We’re going to show you two easy ways to check the speed your connection as well as a way to get it as accurate as possible.
Testing your Internet speed
The easiest way to test your connection is to head over to www.speedtest.net. Ookla (pictured above) offers a free and fast Internet speed test through the site. It’s as simple as going to the website and clicking the big “Begin Test” button. It’ll find your location and select a local speed test server to conduct the test. The whole test is automatic and should only take a few seconds. After it’s done, you’ll be able to view your ping, download speed and upload speed results (although you can watch them unfold in real time while the test is happening).
However, if you weren’t too sure about Ookla or have heard one too many rumors of it being inaccurate, another way is to simply type “speed test” into Google. Yes, you’ll be able to run an Internet speed test right within the Google Search results. It’s ran by Measurement Lab, is fairly accurate and only takes a minute to complete. Starting the test is as simple as pressing the big blue “Run Speed Test” button.
As a third and fourth option, both AT&T and Comcast (XFINITIY) offer speed test options as well. Running them is as simple as the other two aforementioned options. All you’ll need to do is go to their Speedtest site(s) and click the Begin Test button. Much like Ookla and Measurement Labs’ test, you’ll get to see the results unfold in real time.
Getting the most accuracy out of your speed test
These tests will give you an accurate idea of what your download and upload speeds may look like, but they’re not necessarily very accurate over WiFi. For the best test results, you’ll want to connect your computer or laptop up to a Ethernet cable and then run the test. Your download speeds often test (and are) much higher on a wired connection like that.
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