Internet speeds have increased exponentially since the gestating days of the internet in the 1990s. For most internet users worldwide, a high-speed broadband internet connection is the norm. Different countries may have different online infrastructures, different ways of regulating the internet, and different internet service providers, but internet speeds have risen globally across the board as technology and access to this technology has advanced.
Your internet service provider has likely sold you a plan based on its top speeds -- but how fast is your internet really going? Use this tool to figure out what a more accurate assessment of your internet speed is.
After you’ve run the test, click on the “Show more info” tab, and let’s dive into what these numbers mean:
Download Speed - This is how quickly your computer will receive information from the internet, whether it’s loading a website or downloading a file. Upload Speed - This is how quickly your computer will send information to the internet from your computer. This could be uploading a file to your Google Drive, sending an e-mail with an attachment, or streaming yourself playing video games on Twitch. Ping - Your ping is your latency time, the delay you will experience processing information online. Your ping measures the length of this delay -- the higher your ping, the longer the delay and lag will be online.
Make sure you run this test several times, at different points during the day, to try to ascertain what your typical, average internet speed looks like. If it’s radically different than what you’re being sold by your ISP? Then maybe you need to have a conversation with them to see what the problem is.