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Pro Tip: For best results, use an Ethernet cord to connect your router or modem directly to your device before you run the test.
Understanding speed test definitions
1. Download speed: The speed it takes to download data from a server in the form of images, videos, text, files and audio. This is the type of speed most people think of when they think of internet speeds.
2. Upload speed: How quickly information from your network is sent to external networks. Examples of uploading activities include Zoom conferencing, email and live-gaming.
3. Mbps: Most internet speeds are measured as megabits per second or Mbps. If you’re paying for 10 Mbps, then your speed test should reveal download speeds at or near 10 Mbps.
4. Latency (or ping): Measures the delay in data transfer, telling you how long it takes for data to get from a source to its destination.
5. IP address: Refers to the unique string of numbers that identifies your devices. An IP address is commonly referred to as the ZIP codes of the internet.
Why use Allconnect’s internet speed test?
Using a third-party speed test like Allconnect’s ensures that you will get an unbiased result. Our speed tests run on Ookla services and ensure the most accurate results so you can have peace of mind. Make sure you’re getting the speeds you are paying for from your provider and test your internet connection today.
How do my internet speed test results compare?
In general, your speed test results when using an Ethernet cord should be within 80% of the advertised speeds you’re paying for, according to data from the Federal Communications Commission. This means if you’re paying for 50 Mbps, your speed test results should be at least 40 Mbps or greater.
According to Speedtest.net, the average fixed broadband speed in the United States as of May 2019 is 120 Mbps download and 41 Mbps upload. This is a significant increase from a year ago when the average internet speed was 94 Mbps download and 32 Mbps upload.
How to find out what speed you should be getting
When you purchase internet from your service provider, you are purchasing a certain speed plan. Some providers offer different speed packages to choose from and others only have one option per area. You can find out what your internet speed plan is by checking your internet service bill, calling your provider directly or checking your internet provider’s website to see what speed plans they offer in your area.
If you are interested in what speeds your mobile phone receives, you can also take the speed test above through your mobile device using both cellular service and Wi-Fi. You may want to contact your carrier directly if you want to learn more about whether your mobile device is using 4G or 5G.
What to do if your internet speeds are slower than expected
Didn’t get the results you want or expect when you tested your internet connection? Before you shop for 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 faster internet speeds? Give us a call to see which high-speed internet providers are available in your area.
What can I do with top internet speeds?
Test your internet connection and see what your internet speeds are capable of. The internet speeds you need will depend on how you plan to use the internet. Check out what you can do with some common speed tiers and how long it takes to download media.
Up to 5 Mbps
- Web browsing
- Online shopping
- Streaming music
- Streaming video in SD
- Video calls
Up to 25 Mbps
- Streaming video in HD
- Downloading large files
- Online gaming (1-2 devices)
Up to 40 Mbps or more
- Streaming video in 4K
- Online gaming (3-4 devices)
- Video conferencing
- Working from home
Internet speed test FAQs
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 you are from the primary connection, the slower your speeds will be.
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Written by:Ari Howard
Associate Writer, Broadband & Wireless Content
Ari is an Associate Writer for the Allconnect team. She primarily writes about broadband news and studies, particularly relating to internet access, digital safety, broadband-related technology and the digital d… Read more
Edited by:Robin Layton
Editor, Broadband Content
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