Spectrum speed test
Take our Spectrum speed test to see how your Spectrum internet speed stacks up against other customers.
Test your Spectrum internet speeds
Want to know what internet speeds you’re really getting? Whether you have Spectrum internet or another internet service provider, you can test your speeds here. Our speed test will show you download speeds, upload speeds, ping (which measures the reaction time of your connection) and your IP address.
After taking the test, compare your results and check out the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) findings on Spectrum advertised vs. actual speeds. If you find your home could use a speed upgrade, call to shop available plans in your area.
How to use the Spectrum speed test
Before clicking “Start Testing Speeds,” take a few moments to ensure you have the best connection for accurate results.
First, be sure to test your speeds using a LAN connection. Connect your computer directly to your modem using an Ethernet cable. For the best results, use a Cat5e or higher cable.
Next, disconnect any other wired or wireless devices that could use up bandwidth and interfere with your test results. If you have a separate modem and router, simply unplugging your router from the modem should suffice. If you have a modem/router combo device, you’ll want to disconnect or turn off all Wi-Fi enabled devices.
The last step is to close any other browser windows or applications on your computer, such as Netflix or Spotify, that use an internet connection. You are now ready to start the speed test.
Are your Spectrum internet speeds slower than expected?
If you’re confused by your speed test results or are getting lower than expected speeds with your Spectrum internet, fret not. There are a number of things that could be affecting it.
In order to get the most accurate data, you’ll want to run more than one speed test to take a variety of factors into consideration. Some things that may affect your results include:
- Connection type – Typically Wi-Fi speeds are slower than speeds you get when using an Ethernet cord.
- Number of connected devices – The more devices you have connected, the more they’re all competing for your bandwidth.
- Time of day – This is especially relevant for cable internet subscribers who share bandwidth with other users and may see slower speeds during peak internet hours.
- Distance from router – If you’re running a Wi-Fi speed test further away from your router, you may experience slower speeds and need to consider a Wi-Fi extender.
In general, your speed test results should be within 20% of your plans advertised speeds when testing over an Ethernet cord, but may only be within 25% to 50% of your plan when testing over a Wi-Fi connection.
Internet speed troubleshooting
If you’re still having issues with your internet speeds, try the following:
- Restart your modem and router
- Download any software or firmware updates
- Make sure your router is in a clear, open area
- Double-check who’s accessing your network
When in doubt, call your provider. They can let you know if there’s an issue with the connection or if you need to upgrade your equipment. If nothing is wrong, you may want to think about upgrading your plan or switching providers.
Compare your Spectrum speed test results
The most recent Speedtest.net fixed broadband report showed the average Spectrum download speeds for Q2-Q3 2018 were 87.56 Mbps, short of the national average of 96.25 Mbps. While Spectrum speed test averages were lower than the national average, this doesn’t mean the service underperforms. According to a 2018 FCC study, Spectrum internet actual speeds were higher than advertised speeds across every tier tested.
Check out how Spectrum actual speeds compared to advertised speeds, plus some of the cities where you can find the fastest Spectrum internet speeds below.
Spectrum advertised vs. actual speeds
|Advertised speed||Average speed||Actual speed vs. advertised speed %|
Since the 2018 FCC report, Spectrum has been rolling out higher-speed plans including up to 200 Mbps, 300 Mbps, 400 Mbps and 940 Mbps. Call today to find out which speed tiers are available in your area.
Cities with Spectrum gigabit internet up to 940 Mbps
Recommended internet speeds
|Max download speed||No. of devices||Best for|
|Up to 30 Mbps||1-3||Basic browsing, email, social media, SD & HD streaming|
|Up to 60 Mbps||3-5||Streaming on multiple devices, downloading small files|
|Up to 100 Mbps||5-10||4K streaming, online gaming, working from home|
|Up to 400 Mbps||10+||Video conference, multiplayer online gaming|
|Up to 940 Mbps||Unlimited||All online activities|
Spectrum speed test frequently asked questions
Ideally, your Spectrum internet speeds should be within 20% of your plan’s advertised speeds. This means if you have Spectrum Internet 100, then your speed test results should be at least 80 Mbps or higher.
For most households, 100 Mbps internet is considered fast internet and should be enough for everyone in your home. With up to 100 Mbps of internet speed, you can connect multiple devices, stream in 4K, game online, work from home, upload and download multiple files and more — all on up to 10 devices.
To test your internet speed over a Wi-Fi network, connect your device to your wireless internet and then click the “play” button above to start a speed test. Just remember that Wi-Fi speeds are typically slower than results you’ll get using an Ethernet cord.
Netflix recommends up to 3 Mbps for SD quality, up to 5 Mbps for HD quality and up to 25 Mbps for 4K Ultra HD quality. Keep in mind, though, that the more devices you connect, the higher speeds you’ll need. Trying to stream 4K content on four different devices at the same time with only 25 Mbps may still result in buffering and other issues.
Last updated 09/23/19.
Call to shop faster internet plans in your area
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