AT&T speed test
Take our AT&T speed test, compare your results and see how you can boost your speeds.
Test your AT&T internet speeds
A speed test is a good indicator of download and upload speeds as well as latency numbers. Use our speed test to get an idea of what speeds you are getting with AT&T. The speed test works for AT&T DSL and AT&T Fiber. Test your internet speeds at different times throughout the day to see if your speeds fluctuate during certain hours.
After you take the AT&T speed test, compare your results with average AT&T internet speeds and cities with the fastest AT&T speeds. If you find you need faster speeds, call to shop for faster internet plans available in your area.
Using the AT&T fiber and DSL internet speed test
Click the play icon to start our AT&T internet speed test. For the most accurate results, use an Ethernet, or LAN, connection and disconnect other devices from your LAN and Wi-Fi networks. Your results should be an accurate reflection of your internet speeds with AT&T fiber or AT&T DSL services.
Breaking down your AT&T speed test results
Download speeds: The AT&T speed test first measures your download speed in Mbps. Download speeds are an indicator of how fast your internet connection can download data, which is important when surfing the web, streaming and downloading files.
Upload speeds: Next, the speed test will measure your upload speeds in Mbps. Upload speeds show how fast your internet connection can upload data. Upload speeds are important when video conferencing, gaming online and uploading large files. It is common for upload speeds to be lower than download speeds, especially if you have an AT&T DSL connection.
Latency: Once your AT&T speed test is complete, you’ll see a “Ping” number in the middle of your results. Ping, also known as latency, is a measure of the delay before the data transfer.
Are your AT&T speeds lower than expected?
When testing your AT&T fiber or DSL speeds using a LAN connection during non-peak usage times and with no other devices connected, your internet speeds should ideally be within 20% of your plan’s advertised speeds. If your speeds are lower than you’d like them to be, there are a few ways to boost your speeds.
To boost AT&T internet speeds over an Ethernet connection, try resetting your modem/router. If you still consistently experience slow speeds, you may want to consider upgrading to Cat6 or Cat7 cables or choose to use your own modem.
You can expect your speeds to be considerably slower when testing over a Wi-Fi connection. But, if your Wi-Fi speeds are less than 25-50% of the advertised speeds on your AT&T internet plan, consider trying these common ways to boost your Wi-Fi speeds.
Upgrading to a faster internet plan is the best way to get a consistent speed boost. AT&T offers speeds up to 100 Mbps with their DSL service and up to 1,000 Mbps with AT&T Fiber in select areas. Shop for faster internet plans from AT&T or other providers in your area.
Do you have the right speed?
Not sure what internet speeds you need? Depending on what you use the internet for, how many connected devices you have and how many people use the internet in your household, your recommended internet speeds could vary widely.
A “good” internet speed is one that can support your online activities and connected devices without excessive lagging or load times. Any download speed 25 Mbps or higher is considered “broadband,” but many households find speeds around 100 Mbps to be a “good” speed. AT&T DSL offers speeds up to 100 Mbps in select areas, and AT&T Fiber plans start at 100 Mbps where available.
Check out our guide to internet speeds for an idea of what a good internet speed is for your home. Once you’ve determined which speeds are best for your home and online activities, compare them to your speed test results. If your speeds are slower than you need, consider a faster plan or network. If your speeds are much higher than you need, you may want to consider downgrading to a slower connection to save on your monthly bill.
How do your AT&T internet speeds compare?
AT&T covers nearly 40% of the U.S. with their DSL and fiber-optic internet services. Speeds will vary widely depending on location and which service type is available. How do your AT&T speeds compare to AT&T internet users in other areas?
A speedtest.net report showed AT&T users had an average download speed of 76 Mbps in Q2-Q3 2018, which fell short of the national average of all tests, 96.25 Mbps. This isn’t necessarily an indicator of AT&T internet underperforming, however. According to a recent FCC report, AT&T average speeds were often higher than advertised speeds for select speed tiers.
Check out AT&T average speeds vs. advertised speeds and some cities with the fastest AT&T speeds below.
AT&T advertised speeds vs. average speeds
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Cities with fastest AT&T internet speeds according to FCC
AT&T is one of the largest fiber internet providers in the U.S., delivering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to metro areas across the South, Midwest and West Coast. Here are a few of the main service areas where 1,000 Mbps from AT&T Fiber are available.
AT&T is continuously expanding their fiber-optic network, bringing speeds of 100 to 1,000 Mbps to more areas. Click “Shop plans” see if AT&T Fiber plans are available in your area. We’ll connect you to the fastest speeds from AT&T and other top internet providers available at your address.
AT&T mobile internet speeds
You can also use our AT&T internet speed test to gauge your AT&T wireless speeds. To test your AT&T wireless internet speed, disable Wi-Fi on your mobile device and begin the speed test. You’ll get download speed, upload speed and ping results just like you would with the AT&T internet speed test.
Average AT&T wireless internet speeds: 32.91 Mbps
According to speedtest.net, AT&T wireless had an average download speed of 32.91 Mbps in Q1-Q2 2019. The average AT&T wireless speeds were higher than other tested wireless services, including T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint. With the rise of 5G networks across the U.S., you can likely look forward to even faster wireless internet speeds in the near future.
AT&T speed test frequently asked questions
Your internet speeds should be within 20% of your plan’s advertised speed. For example, if your plan comes with a download speed of 50 Mbps, your tested speeds should be 40 Mbps or higher. Keep in mind that using Wi-Fi, connecting multiple devices and testing speeds during peak usage hours can lower your speeds.
Yes, but there are many things that can skew the results of your speed test. For the most accurate results, test your AT&T internet speeds using a LAN connection, make sure no other devices are connected to the network and perform the test during non-peak hours. Try testing your speeds multiple times throughout the day to get an idea of your average speeds.
Wi-Fi speeds can be significantly slower than wired connections. When testing your Wi-Fi speeds, your results could be 25-50% of your plan’s advertised speeds. For example, if your plan’s speeds are up to 10 Mbps, average Wi-Fi speeds on that network may be 2 to 5 Mbps. Other factors, such as proximity to your router and number of connected devices, can also lower your average Wi-Fi speeds.
AT&T DSL speeds vary by location. Depending on where you live, you could get AT&T DSL speeds of 5, 18, 25, 50, 75 and 100 Mbps. AT&T Fiber offers faster speeds, with tiers including 100, 300 and 1,000 Mbps.
Last updated 08/29/19.
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