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Our internet speed test shows how fast of a connection you have. Find out your download speed in Mbps—in real time—right now.
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Our Internet Speed Test Shows How Fast of a Connection You Have.
Find Out Your Download Speed in Mbps—in Real Time—Right Now
Don’t worry about deciphering download and upload speeds, latency/ping and “jitter. ” For now, “speed matters” and you’ll find all about it here.
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Based on the Speed Test, is your internet provider living up to its claims?
When you test your connection using our free Internet Speed Test, you’ll see a few numbers pop up—for download, upload, ping and jitter.
But one that you’re likely most interested in is the download number.
It should actually just be called the speed number, because it tells you how fast data moves to you when you’re getting information from the internet.
More importantly, that download number is the one that corresponds to the speed number that internet providers advertise and offer to you at home for a “blazing fast” connection.
“Speeds up to 100 Mbps! ” (they mean megabits per second)
“Now with speeds up to 300 Mbps! ”
Do you know what speed your Internet Service Providers (ISP) if delivering to you?
That’s why you’ll want to do this internet speed test at home—to see how your real-time “download speed” compares to the advertised Internet speed they say you’re able to get at home—in other words, the internet speed they are selling you.
“An internet speed test tells you the actual download speed on your computer from your real-time connection. ”
Internet speed. It’s a numbers game.
It helps to put a number on things and we’re used to it. People want to know exactly how old you are, how tall, how many miles on your car odometer. We measure things by numbers.
It’s always been that way with computers and technology, too. How much memory does a computer have? How big is the hard drive? How fast is the microprocessor?
In the same way that hard-throwing baseball pitchers are compared by speed, so are our internet connections, and it seems to matter more than anything. Here’s what’s being measured:
The rate in megabits-per-second that data is transferred from the Internet to your computer.
The Mbps when data is being transferred from your computer to the Internet.
The time it takes for one signal to travel electronically from a website/server to your computer after you request it (or test it). It’s not the download speed, but instead the measure of how long it takes for the download to begin once your device makes the information request.
Think of the sound submarines make in the movies (ping! ping! ). The term ping is sometimes used in place of latency; but it’s actually the signal/tool used to measure it. During the speed test, a latency test is also done and the ping sound is sent to you and measured. It’s like asking someone a question and measuring how long it takes for you to hear the response.
This measures variations in the ping; how jumpy or erratic the connection may be. Think of jets flying to your nearest airport from another continent. Some jets may fly smoothly. While others may hit turbulence, affecting air speed. That’s what jitter is about.
NOTE: Cable companies rig it so that download speed is much faster than upload. Why? They figure most people want to download movies, songs, or large files more than they would need to upload them.
Why it’s a good idea to test your internet speed.
Seeing if your internet provider is living up to their claims is only one reason to bookmark this page and take an internet speed test every so often.
Here is a list of other reasons to do so:
To consider a different internet provider’s service (and faster speed) that may be available to you.
To see if you can take steps to improve your internet speed at home.
To see if you have sufficient speed for all the users in your home or small office.
To see if your online activities require more speed than you have.
To find out the speeds at the free Wi-Fi spots you visit, and the fastest one.
To see if you can lower your internet bill by downgrading your maximum speed.
To test your download speed with somebody else’s (side by side), to see if your device is slow by comparison.
To see how using a particular VPN affects your internet speed.
How does internet speed affect your internet experience?
Have you ever wondered how much internet speed you need? Most people don’t. Nor do they ask themselves what the top speed is they can experience online.
Both questions play right into the results you get from the internet speed test.
Just like hopping on a freeway or interstate highway, you want to go as fast as you safely can. The faster you drive, the sooner you get to your destination.
Better yet, think of it as arranging for a delivery from the post office, FedEx or from Amazon. Most people want the fastest delivery they can get…especially when it’s important; they’re even willing to pay for faster delivery if it’s important to them.
It’s the same for the internet—lots of people care about how fast information from websites travels to them, and they don’t like it when they have to wait for it—no matter what they’re doing online.
Having said that, if you could get a faster internet speed from your (or a different) internet provider, you’d probably want that. It might not feel that different at first, but your internet experience might be smoother over all.
Your need for speed.
Taking an internet speed test (specifically at home) puts a real number to what your online connection experience is when you visit ESPN, YouTube or any other graphic-heavy site you visit.
“An internet speed test tells you how fast your connection is moving on the internet as you request information on websites, watch videos, send emails and more. ”
The speed test is like the speedometer on of your internet connection: How simple is that?
That’s primarily what this internet speed test is about, and what’s most important to 90% of people.
Just keep this in mind about internet speed and test results—it’s just a read out. It’s simply a piece of information, a number provided to you in something called Mbps that gauges your internet experience.
Once you know that number, you can decide for yourself what do next.
It tells you how fast your connection is moving on the internet as you request information on websites, watch videos, send emails and more.
The “miles per hour” on the internet
All internet service providers measure their download speeds in terms of Mbps, and all you need to keep in mind is that a higher Mbps number means a potentially faster internet connection speed.
As far as switching internet providers for a higher Mbps, you’d likely notice a difference only if you were moving from a slow connection to a much faster one. If that were the case, then the change would be significant and welcome, because…
• You wouldn’t experience lag and slowdowns.
• More of your household can do more online activities at the same time.
• Your gaming wouldn’t experience frustrating delays.
• You won’t have to wait as long for files to download or upload.
In short, you get a better internet experience.
Your actual internet speed may vary
If everything is ideal at home with your internet connection, you could experience the top speed that your internet provider offers to your area.
Those conditions might include the following:
• You are the only one using the internet in your home.
• You’re simply paying bills, doing research, following the news, watching YouTube videos, or checking how many likes you received on Facebook.
• You’re using the internet at a time of day when most people aren’t on the network.
• Your wireless router is in an area of the house that is in the open.
• Your laptop or desktop is newer and the operating system is up to date.
In other words, it might take perfect conditions to get the exact top speeds your ISP says they provide you.
Something else comes into play…the type of internet connection you have.
Do you have a cable, fiber, or DSL connection? (Hopefully it’s not satellite! )
Here’s something else that factors into the maximum internet speed you’re able to get—that’s the type of internet connection technology you’re using. There are primarily four different technologies Internet Service Providers offer:
DSL (Digital Subscriber Line…a telephone line connection)
They are definitely not all same because they are inherently different from each other—and some are much faster.
In the same way skateboards are slower than bicycles, which are slower than motorcycles, internet technologies vary greatly by speed.
Satellite is the slowest connection, with a top speed of 25 Mbps.
DSL is not a fast connection, also at about 25 Mbps.
Cable internet, which most people have, can deliver speeds as fast as 300 Mbps, but most ISPs are delivering speeds in the 100 to 150 Mbps range.
Fiber optics is the fastest, and you can get up to 2, 000 Mbps with the best plan and the best connection. Fios from Verizon for example, is a fiber optic connection, and there are others.
Satellite internet may sound fancy and “ooooh” hi-tech, however, it’s not.
Satellite cable is used primarily by people who can’t get one of the other types of internet—and it offers the slowest speeds and the lowest “maximum” speed. But some people live in (or may find themselves located in) an area that don’t have cable, fiber optic or DSL internet options…and satellite is their only choice.
Here are the top Internet Service Providers by the technology used:
Want to go faster? Pay up.
In case you don’t know this already, your internet provider doesn’t automatically give you the best Mbps they offer—they typically create different plans at different top speeds…and at different prices, of course.
And, of course, you’ll pay the most per month for the top Mbps available in their range.
“You don’t necessarily need the fastest Mbps speed you can get—only the speed you need. ”
Should you start scrambling to see if you can get a faster internet connection? Should you get the fastest speed your internet provider offers?
Not necessarily. Keep this fact in mind.
If you’re just browsing the web, checking on the news, watching some YouTube video, those aren’t “demanding” activities and they won’t require a super-fast connection.
It’s when your household has multiple devices on the internet at the same time, streaming movies, downloading big files—asking a lot of your connection—that an ordinary internet speed will trip you up.
Understanding megabits per second.
Mbps is the measurement of the rate of amount of data per second that an internet connection can send.
Digital information travels super-fast and the amount of data—in bits per second—can be incredibly high, depending on two things:
1. The technology transmitting it: is it cable, fiber optics, satellite?
2. What speed the internet provider is willing to send. Yes…they can slow it down.
So, if an internet provider says, “up to 150 Mbps”, then that is the fastest speed they can offer. If they say 50 to 150 Mbps, they’re likely selling plans at varying speeds, for varying prices.
Data travels in huge chunks of individual pieces. The data (words, photos, files, music) is broken into digital units called “bits. ” Those bits get reassembled to complete the file. Of course, this happens so incredible fast it all looks you’re getting the file in one piece.
However, whenever you experience slow-downs or files are taking a long time to download, it’s because your internet connection, for whatever reason, isn’t fast enough to do it seamlessly.
It helps to think of what you are downloading (a website, a music file, a photo) as a completed digital puzzle and individual puzzle pieces as the digital “bits”—the pieces travel individually or in packs and are reassembled in their original file/form when they reach their destination (your device).
How many bits you can get per second indicates how fast the entire file (puzzle) gets to you completed.
So, think of one puzzle piece:
• 1, 000 pieces can be labeled 1K
• 1, 000K is 1, 000, 000 pieces, or 1M
• 1, 000M is 1, 000, 000, 000, or 1G
Let’s move over to the digital world.
Digital data that travels at a speed of one-thousand bits-per-second would be 1Kbps. As things speed up…
• Mbps indicates 1, 000K (1, 000, 000) bits per second
• Gbps indicates 1, 000M (1, 000, 000, 000) bits per second
The old-school “dial-up” internet service operated in the slow Kbps range, delivering 40-50 Kbps. (Yet, you can still find dial-up service in some places, used by a few people, but it is rare. )
Today, internet service providers talk about internet speeds in terms of Mbps only, in the same way professional athletes’ salaries are measured in millions of U. S. dollars (M), not thousands (K). For instance, LeBron James makes 36M USD, while Beyoncé makes about 80M USD.
How much internet speed do you need?
Just as there’s a major difference between a light workout and a strenuous workout—and its effect on your body (how many calories you burn, etc. )—there’s a difference between light use and strenuous use of internet activity on your devices, from desktops and laptops to mobile phones and tablets.
That makes, doesn’t it? There are light users, moderate users and those heavy users who strain the capabilities of their connections.
If you compare yourself to your friends, kids, colleagues (or your parents! ) you’ll soon realize how differently you all use the internet.
Here’s what’s considered light use:
• Sending and receiving emails
• Everyday internet browsing
• Social media activities
• SD video streaming
Here’s what’s considered moderate use:
• Music streaming
• Occasional online gaming
• Streaming HD (high-definition) video on one or two devices
Here’s what’s considered high use:
• Multiple devices streaming HD video simultaneously
• Sustained real-time gaming
• Video conferencing
Here’s what’s considered extremely high use: When there are multiple devices online simultaneously that are:
• Streaming HD or 4K video
• Downloading large files or torrenting
• Actively engaged in real-time gaming
How to estimate the internet speed you need.
Now that you have a clearer or better idea about internet usage—and what’s considered light and heavy—do a mental survey of your household and label it anywhere on the light-use to very-high-use scale.
Remember, it may vary as certain user types jump on and off your connection.
Then count the typical numbers of users on your internet connection.
According to different websites, here’s the internet speed—in good old Mbps—recommended to keep everyone happy.
Are you sure you want to go faster?
You can go out today and buy a sports car with a top speed close to 200 mph.
Go for it! You want to go as fast as you can, don’t you? Well, not really, besides there are these things called traffic and laws. Plus, then there’s the price tag involved, and the fact you really don’t need to go superfast.
In the end, we all agree that having the top speed available is more mental satisfaction—simply knowing the power you have under the hood. And that’s what Internet Service Providers want you to think and feel.
But as you may have learned in this article, why pay more for top speeds you can live without?
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Why does Speedtest show the wrong location?
To provide customers with accurate results we use a widely deployed technology called GeoIP. This service estimates your location using your IP address but only very approximately. At best it can only tell us which city or town you live in and occasionally it is accurate down to an entire postal code block.
Using this estimated location, if you use the BEGIN TEST button and do not have a preferred server, we very quickly check the latency (ping time) of what appear to be the Test Servers closest to you and select the one with the best performance.
Sometimes however, the GeoIP service provides us with an inaccurate location, which is usually caused by outdated information in their database. We have no control over this and can only go from what they tell us. Examples of the cause include recently reassigned IP address blocks that have not yet been updated in MaxMind’s database, the company we use for GeoIP.
If you or your customer are being depicted in the wrong location there are 3 methods to attempt to resolve this error:
1) Create a free account at, login, and then go to your Settings the “Refine Location” button in the “Connection Manager” section. This is the easiest, fastest, and most successful way to correct your location but it will only work if you are on a WiFi Network. It uses WiFi triangulation to estimate your location but does a pretty good job very often.
2) In the event “Refined Location” fails or you do not wish to create a free account with, we suggest that you or more likely your ISP contact Maxmind to complete their correction form. Find this form at:
Be sure to fill out the top enclosures for “IP Address Location Correction”
Your IP address can be found & copied by going to and selecting your IP address in the bottom corner of the Speedtest. Performing this action will automatically copy the address. Fill out the reset of the MaxMind form accordingly and select “Submit”. The process of updating your location in MaxMind will take at the least 1-2 weeks to be reviewed and corrected.
3) It can take 1-2 weeks for MaxMind to process that form. Accordingly, you can temporarily (or even permanently) manually select a preferred server on your Settings page in the “Global Settings” section. There are over 2000 servers to select from and likely one very near to Clearing your web browser’s cache will remove your select preferred server, unless you have an account with
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Internet Speed Classifications: What Counts as Fast Internet?
At Allconnect, we work to present quality information with editorial integrity. While this post may contain offers from our partners, our opinions are our own. Here’s how we make to price, internet speed is one of the main decision drivers when shopping for internet plans or evaluating your current internet service. But, unlike price – where you can easily look at the monthly cost and say “that fits my budget” or “that’s a new car payment” – internet speeds can be a bit trickier to 100 Mbps “fast” internet? Is 10 Mbps “slow”? What internet speeds do I get? These are all questions many of us ask, so we’ve created this simple guide to explain ’s look at how internet speed is measured, what is considered fast internet, what may be slow internet and other factors to help you answer the question: What is a good internet speed? On this page:How is internet speed measured? What is broadband? What is considered fast internet? What is considered slow internet? Take a speed testWhat difference does a good speed make? How is internet speed measured? Internet speed is determined by how much data the connection can download (download speeds) or upload (upload speeds) per both cases, the speed is shown as bits per second (bps). Since an internet connection transfers thousands of bits per second, we use the prefixes k, M and G to show how many thousands of bits we’re talking about. If you’re familiar with the metric system, you know “k” = 1, 000, “M” = 1, 000k (1, 000, 000) and “G” = 1, 000M (1, 000, 000, 000) researching internet speeds, you’ll likely see Mbps more than kbps or Gbps. That’s because Mbps speeds are better suited to what we use the internet are download speeds important? For most households, having fast download speeds is most important. That’s what we use for common activities such as streaming TV, downloading music and browsing social are upload speeds important? Upload speeds come into play with things like video conferencing and uploading large files to a server or cloud. Check out this blog for more information about download vs. upload internet speeds. Speeds that fall into the kbps range are generally what we’d call “slow” internet and Gbps speeds, which are less prevalent but becoming more common, are in the ultra-fast of “broadband” as the national internet speed limitPer the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a broadband internet connection has a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps and a minimum upload speed of 3 Mbps. This gives us a baseline for determining fast and slow internet much faster than a standard broadband connection are generally considered “fast” internet. While all speeds below that threshold aren’t necessarily slow, they are too slow to be considered broadband in mind there are many things that can affect actual internet speeds and performance. Adding connected devices and using the internet for demanding tasks such as streaming in 4K or downloading an HD movie can hinder performance and make even “fast” speeds seem is a good internet speed? A good internet speed is at or above 25 Mbps. These speeds will support most online activity, such as HD streaming, online gaming, web browsing and downloading internet speeds, those in the 100+ Mbps range, are often better, especially if you want your internet plan to support multiple devices and users at is considered fast internet? Internet download speeds of 100 Mbps or higher are often considered fast internet because they can handle multiple online activities for multiple users at once without major interruptions in service. If you need a little help determining the best internet speeds for your needs, we’ve got you fast internet speed tiers include:100 Mbps200 Mbps250 Mbps300 Mbps400 Mbps500 Mbps1, 000 Mbps2, 000 MbpsCable internet and fiber-optic internet services are your best bets for fast internet speeds. Fiber-optic internet is also a great choice for speed consistency, as it is less vulnerable than cable to slower speeds during peak usage times. Popular cable or fiber-optic internet providers include AT&T, CenturyLink, Cox, Frontier FiberOptic, Optimum, Spectrum, Suddenlink, Verizon Fios, Xfinity and Windstream. Many of these providers offer speeds up to 940-1, 000 Mbps in select areas, but Xfinity is currently the only provider with speeds up to 2, 000 are fast internet upload speeds? Upload speeds of 10 Mbps or higher are generally considered fast internet speeds for upload because they can easily handle the common activities of the average user. For example, Skype recommends upload speeds of 1. 2 Mbps or higher for HD video calling. Uploading a large file, like 700MB file document, should take less than 10 minutes with a 10 Mbps upload is considered slow internet? Download speeds less than 25 Mbps are too slow to be considered broadband. With these speeds, users may experience buffering when streaming video, difficulty connecting multiple devices and other internet connectivity connecting multiple devices, streaming in HD or using a Wi-Fi connection, speed tiers that could be considered slow include:Anything less than 1 Mbps3 Mbps5 Mbps10 Mbps15 Mbps18 MbpsThe FCC does recommend speeds less than 25 Mbps for many online activities, including streaming SD and HD video, gaming online and downloading music. However, these are minimum speed recommendations and do not account for connecting multiple devices or other factors that may slow your internet types of internet connections are more likely to be slower? Dial-upRegardless of the internet activity, dial-up is considered slow internet because it can only offer speeds up to 56 kbps. These speeds aren’t capable of much more than checking email and will not support streaming, online gaming, Wi-Fi or even uploading a single webpage in a reasonable amount of is the most common internet service type with speeds lower than 25 Mbps. Some cable internet services offer slow speeds as a low-cost internet option but are often capable of providing much higher speeds for a higher monthly wirelessFixed wireless is a popular internet solution in rural areas. It uses broadcast towers to transmit and receive internet signals. Depending on provider and location, speeds can vary between 3-100 Mbps, but tend to be on the slower your internet is slow? Take a speed testAn internet speed test will give you a good idea of whether or not you have the necessary speeds for your household. For best results, take the speed test with a wired connection. If you get speeds below 25 Mbps, you may have a slow internet connection that can’t keep up with all your online speed test results:Download Speeds 888 MbpsUpload Speeds 88 Mbps Pro Tip: For best results, use an Ethernet cord to connect your router or modem directly to your device before you run the you have slow internet, there may be other internet providers in your area that offer faster speeds. Or, your current internet provider may offer plans with higher speeds. Shop around to find a faster internet speed if your current provider and plan doesn’t offer the speeds you much of a difference does a good internet speed make? Small speed increments, such as 15 to 25 Mbps, likely won’t result in a noticeable difference in performance, but larger jumps, say 10 to 100 Mbps, can give you a totally different give you an idea of how much speed can play a role in downloading and uploading, we’ve listed the estimated time it would take to download a two-hour HD movie and upload a 10-minute video with various speeds long does it take to download a movie? File sizes for things like music, movies and pictures vary, but a movie can range from 1 to 7GBs depending on the length and picture quality. Here’s how long it would take in hours:minutes:seconds to download a 4GB file at various long does it take to upload a short video? Video files vary in size, but let’s say you have a 500 MB clip, which could amount to 10 minutes or more in standard definition. Here’s an estimate of how long it would take to upload it with various upload in mind, upload speeds from internet providers are often significantly lower than download speeds. Some fiber-optic providers, however, do offer upload speeds comparable to their advertised download download and upload times are estimates, based on a constant speed. As mentioned above, there are many factors, such as the number of connected devices and types of internet activities performed, that can affect internet speeds and the time it takes to perform a given internet providers, plans and speeds in your area with our internet experts. We’ll help you find and compare plans with good internet speeds for your home and unique needs. Written by: David AndersSenior Writer, Broadband Content David joined the Allconnect team in 2017, specializing in broadband and TV content. His work has been referenced by a variety of sources, including ArcGIS, DIRECTV and more. 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Frequently Asked Questions about ip address speed test
How can I check my IP address Speedtest?
Your IP address can be found & copied by going to Speedtest.net and selecting your IP address in the bottom corner of the Speedtest. Performing this action will automatically copy the address.Nov 22, 2019
What is a good IP speed?
A good internet speed is at or above 25 Mbps. … Fast internet speeds, those in the 100+ Mbps range, are often better, especially if you want your internet plan to support multiple devices and users at once.
Is 8.8 Mbps fast?
6-10 mbps: Usually an excellent Web surfing experience. Generally quick enough to stream a 1080p (high-def) video. 10-20 mbps: More appropriate for a “super user” who wants a reliable experience to stream content and/or make fast downloads.Jul 1, 2015