Do you download a lot of movies, software programs, mp3’s and other stuff from the internet? Do you feel very frustrated when the download speed of your internet connection goes down? Do you doubt whether or not your ISP is providing you the optimum download or upload speed for the money you are paying every month ?
In such situations, it would be wise to perform an internet speed check on your computer and see whether you are getting the correct upload and download speeds from your Internet service provider. You can also compare your internet speed with other users across the globe and see whether your current ISP is at par with other ISP’s across the world.
There are lots of desktop tools as well as web based applications available for performing an internet speed check. One of my favorite sites to check internet speed is Speedtest.net
Note: This article discusses how you can measure the upload and download speed of your internet connection. If your internet connection is very slow, we highly recommend switching to Google public DNS server and speed up your internet connection.
Checking Your Internet Upload / Download Speed
To start the speed checks, head over to Speedtest.net, the site will automatically detect your current geographical location and represent it in a world map, as shown below:
You will be shown your IP address and the name of your Internet service provider at the left bottom corner of the page. This is useful, when you are browsing the web on a public computer or a Wi-Fi network connection and want to know the service provider of the network to which you are currently connected.
Hit the “Begin Test” button to start the test. The website will download a sample file to your computer’s temporary folder to check the average download speed of your internet connection. When the tests are complete, you will be shown the results:
As you can see, the current download speed of my Internet connection is only 0.62 Mb/second. While the upload speed is shockingly low – 0.12 Mb/second. It would take 1 minute to download an MP3 file ( ~5MB) while a video file (~35 MB) would take 8 minutes to download.
Speedtest.net also has an iPhone app, hence you can use it to check the speed of your wireless internet connection as well.
A good idea to complete your internet speed test checks is to choose multiple speed checking websites and see whether you get the same results or not. Another good resource is Speed.io – pretty much all the same functions with a different interface. I performed the same checks and here are the results:
According to Speed.io the upload speed of my Internet connection is 190 KBPS which equals to 0.18 MBPS. This is close to Speedtest.net’s results which turned out to be 0.12 MBPS.
The download speed came out to be 481 KBPS which equals 0.46 MBPS. This is again similar to Speedtest.net’s results which turned out to be 0.6 MBPS. The added advantage of Speed.io is that the site also tells you the number of simultaneous connections your computer is allowed to make, in my case, it’s 320.
Pingtest.net – Take The Ping Test
Pingtest.net is a free broadband quality analyzer designed to complement Speedtest.net. This troubleshooting tool grades your connection on how well it is likely to handle things like voice services (VoIP), streaming music or video, telecommuting or online gaming. The site checks how much time it is required by your internet connection to send a packet of data from your computer to a remote computer and then send the same data packet back to your computer.
Head over to Pingtest.net, hit the “Start test” button and wait for a few minutes till the site checks the “Ping” and “Jitter” speed, as shown below:
My internet connection’s “Ping” test came out to be 394 ms while the “Jitter” test came out to be 26ms. You will also see the average grade level of your internet connection (mine came out to be “D”) and the amount of average packet loss data.
Your Internet speed test results are automatically archived at the results page, you can grab the link or embed code and add the speed test result to your own website or blog.
Have you checked your Internet connection speed? Which tool or website do you use for the same ? Drop your ideas in the comments below.