What is a Speed Test?
Our speed test or Speedtest calculates the speed of your connection, i.e. helps you know the speed of internet at home. The speed test is performed by a data download to your computer that allows the calculation of download time. Then a calculation of the upload speed of your connection is also made. Any Internet users can easily make the test.
How does the SpeedTest works?
The internet Speedtest takes less than a minute to complete and makes two measurements:
- Download Speed: the speed of data sent from the Internet to your computer, mobile or tablet.
- Upload Speed: speed sent from your computer, mobile or tablet to the Internet.
The performance of an internet connection is never 100%. All connections (modem, cable, mobile) use different protocols (PPP, TCP/IP) occupying bandwidth - between 2% and 20% of the total - depending on the connection type and the protocol used, which reduces the usable bandwidth for uploading/downloading data.
The speed test is matched with the useful bandwidth, not theoretical access speed. In addition, there are other factors that may distort a connection speed, such as network congestion, spyware, etc. and influence the final result.
The SpeedTest works for the following connections types:
- Broadband (DSL): When hiring internet, measures the quality of your Internet access from a traditional broadband connection.
- Fiber Optics: Performs the speed test for Internet access from fiber optics. For sure Fiber will be faster than DSL, and is the best investment for your business.
- Mobile Speed: Broadband Speed meter from any mobile or tablet either GPRS, 2G, 3G, 4G LTE.
The best speed test can be performed from any country
Network Access Technologies
It is generally speaking of broadband access network, i.e. the final link between the client and the network.
- Optical Fiber to the customer's home (technically FTTH, fiber to the home), highly developed in certain countries (Japan, South Korea ...)
- The coaxial cable, historically introduced by cable TV providers, present mainly in certain urban areas.
- The artificial satellite, which has a constant download speed (data reception), but with significant delays limiting real-time applications such as voice over IP or online game.
- DSL systems, asymmetric (check ADSL) or other (xDSL), are technologies that leverage the copper pair of traditional telephone network.
- Power Line Communications, which use electrical distribution network.
These techniques are capable in theory to provide multiple services (voice, data, and video) at high speed but, in practice, service quality is variable. Geographical distance weakens the signal (except in the optical fiber transmission) and most access technologies are likely to offer lower rates if the customer is away from the central office.
Tips to improve internet speed
Use a fast and secure browser, use the cable, use early morning hours, optimize and protect your Wi-Fi, update the router and close unnecessary programs. Are you annoyed with your Internet connection? Is it too slow? Take our speed test and draw conclusions. More info
Does the speed test work with my operator?
Yes. The speed test works for any internet operator of the world, either AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Comcast, Time Warner Cable...