Internet speed test
What is a good internet speed? Use your free internet speed test to see if you’re getting what you pay for!
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Run an internet speed test
Curious what internet speed you’re getting at home? Run a speed test to find out! Click “Start Testing Speed” to learn your download speed, upload speed and ping time. Then you can decide if your current internet is fast enough for what you need to do online.
- For best results, run your speed test using an Ethernet cord.
- Speeds can vary so run multiple internet speed tests at different times.
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.
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 faster internet speeds? Give us a call to see which high-speed internet providers are available in your area.
What can I do with different internet speeds?
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.
- Web browsing
- Online shopping
- Streaming music
- Streaming video in SD
- Video calls
- Streaming video in HD
- Downloading large files
- Online gaming (1-2 devices)
- Streaming video in 4K
- Online gaming (3-4 devices)
- Video conferencing
- Working from home
How long does it take to download media?
|Media||File size||1 Mbps||3 Mbps||5 Mbps||10 Mbps||30 Mbps||50 Mbps||100 Mbps||500 Mbps||1 Gbps|
|Webpage||1 MB||8 seconds||2 seconds||1 second||<1 second||<1 second||<1 second||<1 second||<1 second||<1 second|
|MP3 song||3 MB||25 seconds||8 seconds||5 seconds||2 seconds||<1 second||<1 second||<1 second||<1 second||<1 second|
|10 minute SD video clip||500 MB||1 hour, 10 minutes||23 minutes, 18 seconds||14 minutes||7 minutes||2 minutes, 19 seconds||1 minute, 23 seconds||41 seconds||8 seconds||4 seconds|
|SD movie||2 GB||4 hours, 46 minutes||1 hour, 35 minutes||57 minutes, 15 second||28 minutes, 37 seconds||9 minutes, 32 seconds||5 minutes, 43 seconds||2 minutes, 51 seconds||34 seconds||17 second|
|HD movie||12 GB||28 hours, 38 minutes||9 hours, 32 minutes||5 hours, 43 minutes||2 hours, 52 minutes||57 minutes, 15 seconds||34 minutes, 21 seconds||17 minutes, 10 seconds||3 minutes, 26 seconds||1 minute, 43 seconds|
Frequently asked questions about internet speeds
It’s not uncommon to wait for a slow-loading page and wonder, “Why is my internet so slow?” 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 high-speed internet.
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.
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 signal. 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 or higher. 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.
A broadband connection of at least 25 Mbps is considered a good internet download speed, based on the FCC’s 2018 Broadband Deployment Report. Think of this as a good starting point, though. As you add more users and devices to your household, you may need to get faster internet.
An upload speed of 3 Mbps or higher is considered good based on the FCC’s benchmarks. Most people download information from the internet, such as viewing a website or streaming a TV show, which is why internet service providers offer higher download speeds. Some things, though, such as uploading videos to YouTube or working from home — where you’re video conferencing and sharing large files — may require higher upload speeds.
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 you are from the primary connection, the slower your speeds will be.
Last updated on 06/19/19.