Internet speed test
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How to check your internet speed
Do you find yourself asking, “What is my internet speed?” Have you wondered, “How do I find out my internet speed?” Use our speed test to find out.
We’ll show you your actual upload and download speeds. Then you can decide if your current internet is fast enough for what you need to do online.
What can I do with different internet speeds?
The internet speeds you need will depend on how you plan to use the internet. The chart below will give you an idea of what speeds you need for common tasks to ensure you’re getting fast speed internet, but not paying for more than is required.
|3 Mbps||5 Mbps||10 Mbps||25 Mbps||40 Mbps||100+ Mbps|
|Streaming video in SD||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Streaming video in HD||X||X||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Streaming video in 4K||X||X||X||✓||✓||✓|
|Downloading large files||X||X||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Online gaming (1-2 devices)||X||X||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Online gaming (3-4 devices)||X||X||X||✓||✓||✓|
|Working from home||X||X||X||X||✓||✓|
I took the internet speed test. What now?
Didn’t get the results you want or expect? Before you shop for high-speed internet providers in your area, there are a few quick and easy things you can do to improve your internet connection.
- Turn off your modem and router: Sometimes your equipment needs a reboot. Often, your internet service provider will suggest you reset your internet modem and wireless router as a first step. Unplug both for at least 10-20 seconds.
- Try running multiple tests at different times: Depending on when you run your test, you may see slower or faster internet speeds. It’s not uncommon to experience slower internet during peak hours. And, if you have a cable internet connection, you may be sharing bandwidth with your neighbors.
- Test your speed using an ethernet cord: Plug your computer directly into the modem using an ethernet cord. This will help you determine whether the issue is based on low speeds or a weak Wi-Fi signal.
- Boost your Wi-Fi to get a stronger signal: If your issue is a weak Wi-Fi signal, not necessarily slow internet speeds, there are several steps you can take to boost your Wi-Fi signal, including angling your antennas, moving your wireless router and purchasing a Wi-Fi repeater.
Still craving fast internet speeds? Give your internet service provider a call, let them know about your speed test results and that you need help with a slow internet fix.
Finally, one free call to Allconnect® is all you need to find the internet speeds you need at a price you’ll love. Give us a call to see which high-speed internet providers are available in your area.
Frequently asked questions about internet speeds
It’s not uncommon to wait for a slow loading page and wonder, “What is my internet speed?” You want to make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for—or at least close to it. Additionally, as more people in your household connect to the internet, or you get more devices, you may want to run a speed test to ensure you’re getting the bandwidth you need for everyone to enjoy fast speed internet.
If you want to find out your internet speed, use the speed test above. You’ll quickly find out what your download and upload speeds are based on your current internet service. It will run a ping test to find out if a server is reachable, and then measure your ping time, which is the responsiveness of your connection, to determine your upload and download speeds.
Most internet speeds are measured as megabits per second, or Mbps. If you’re wondering, “How many Mbps do I have?” run a speed test to find out. If you’re paying for 10 Mbps, then your speed test should reveal download speeds at or near 10 Mbps.
A ping test simply checks if your computer is connected to a network. The ping test sends a signal from your device to the network and then measures the elapsed time between sending and receiving a single. The time it takes to process the request is known as your ping time.
The internet speeds you need will depend on how you use the internet. For basic internet use, such as email, web browsing, and online shopping, 5-10 Mbps is usually sufficient. Streaming in standard definition should be OK with 5-10 Mbps as well, but if you want to watch in 4K consider up to 30 Mbps. For online gaming, consider 10-25 Mbps. For any connection where you add more devices, though, you may want to consider getting faster internet.
Both download and upload speeds measure how data is transferred. Your download speed is a measure of how fast your internet connection transfers data from a server to your device. Whereas your upload speed is a measure of how fast your internet connection can transfer your data to the server.
XFINITY currently offers the fastest home internet speed of 2,000 Mbps, or 2 Gbps, in select areas. Shop plans on Allconnect to see if XFINITY’s Gigabit Internet speeds are available near you.
Common internet connections include cable, dial-up, DSL, fiber-optic and satellite. Your internet speeds may depend on your internet connection type. For instance, many cable internet providers have you share bandwidth with your neighbors. In the case of DSL, the further area you are from the primary connection, the slower your speeds will be.
Last updated on 09/10/18.