Have you ever noticed that cable Internet service can seem really slow sometimes? This can be due to any number of different factors. Sometimes your Internet service provider might be having technical difficulties. Other times, your connection may seem slow because you are trying to interact with a server that is overburdened. It could even be the case that the web page you are trying to access is offline. No matter the problem, it is remarkably simple to identify the issue.
Test the speed of your Internet service provider (ISP)
There are many free tools online that can be used to easily test the speed of your Internet service provider. Most of these tools work by pinging or sending a small data packet to a server that is geographically close to your location. Simply start the test, then cross reference your results with the speeds you should be receiving based on your service plan with your ISP. If your speed is significantly lower than it should be, then your ISP is likely experiencing some variety of technical difficulty. If this is the case, then you can contact your ISP for more information.
Test the Website
There are several sites that track the online availability of most websites on the Internet. These pages are very easy to use; all you have to do is type in the url of the site you are trying to access, and it will tell you a history of when it has been on or offline over the past day or two.
Slow connectivity with your home Internet service can be frustrating, but knowing is half the battle. Use the free tools available to you online to determine the culprit.