The use of the Internet has become an integral part of almost everyone’s life. People use it for work, school, entertainment, and so much more. It is important to make sure that your internet is as fast as you need it to be, because it is used for so many aspects of your life.
Why You Should Check Your Internet Speed
It is important to check the speed of your internet because it can show you any problems or interferences that may be going on with your connection. Some issues that you can find are things like network congestion, weak spots, or even if your network has been hacked.
These types of issues are best to fix as soon as possible, so checking regularly can help you stay alert and avoid any serious problems.
Check out a recent speed test series that we did with Comcast’s Xfinity to see just how much information you can get from running a speed test.
Paying too much
The Internet plan package you buy from your service provider, determines how fast your internet is. It is important to know how many Mbps you are getting, because if you have a higher number, but you have a really old device that can’t even get up to that number, then you are wasting your money. Internet plans with a higher bit rate tend to cost more.
How to Check Your Internet Speed
Setting up your device
Before you are able to test the speed of your internet, you are going to need to do a few things first. You will need to connect your device directly to the source of internet with an Ethernet cord.
This is just to ensure that there are no interferences with the connection while running the test. You want to make sure that there aren’t any blockages with the connection first, to get the best results.
If you are using a device that does not have an Ethernet port, there are a few things you will need to do first so that the Internet is only connected with the device you are using.
Ensure that all other devices that are connected to the internet are off or further away from the router. Even if you do the test with or without the cord, first check to see if your device is downloading or uploading anything. These can weaken the connection as well.
These types of tools will tell you the speed of your downloads and uploads, and should only take between a couple of seconds to a couple of minutes. It also can measure the amount of time it would take for a file to be transferred locally. To get a good, liable set of results of your Internet speed, it is best to run the tests a couple of times throughout the day. This is because the speed can vary at different times of the day from more usage and other factors.
Understanding the results
Most of the websites that you can use to test your Internet speed will place the results in an easy to understand chart. It will show you how fast your download and upload speed is, the latency of your connection, and even some charts show how your connection rate compares to others on a global scale.
The numbers that each test show are opposite in what they indicate. For download and upload speed, having a higher number, like 150 Mbps, would be a really fast connection. On the other hand, having a lower number for the latency of your connection, like 9 ms, would be best. A higher number would mean that there is a lot of lag in your connection.
If you use the Internet a lot throughout your day, constantly checking the speed is crucial. You want to make sure that your connection is strong, secure, and worth what you are paying for.