Speed Test

Test Your Internet Connection

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Understanding Your Results

There are a number of factors that affect the speed of your connection to the Internet. One of the primary factors is the type of connection you have. Below is a list of connection types and typical connection speeds.

Other factors include your computer's age and operating system, security software installed on your computer and on the hardware between you and the site you are accessing, how many people share your internet access (both within your household and within the link between your neighborhood and your provider) and the quality of the internet link between your provider and the site you are accessing.

For most providers, the advertised speed is the maximum speed between the access hardware in your home, e.g. cable modem, and your provider's Internet portal. That is the part your provider has control over. However, once your connection leaves your provider's control, your connection is limited to the weakest link. For example, if the web site you are connecting to is at the end of a very busy slower DSL connection, you are limited to the DSL connection's speed.

The speed test on this site is measuring the ability of your computer to receive (download speed) and send (upload speed) to the Internet. The test measures transmission rates in megabits (millions of bits) per second (Mbps). One megabit equals 1,000,000 bits of information. Data transmission rates are often presented in Mbps or kbps (kilobits per second, 1000 bits). However, files sizes are often stated in megabytes. One byte is equal to 8 bits, therefore 1,000,000 bits (1 Mbps) a second is equivalent to 125,000 bytes per second. To download a 1 megabyte (1 MB) file at 1 Mbps would take 8 seconds. A 30 second video clip is typically about 10 MB so it would take 80 seconds to download at 1 Mbps. There are many factors that can affect the speed test. To get a reliable indication of your actual connection speed it is best to take the test several times at different times during the day.

Connection Types

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) defines a connection as broadband if it can achieve at least 768 Kbps download speeds and 200 Kbps upload.

Connection Type Values

Technology Description Typical Speeds*
Modem \ Dial-up A Modem and regular telephone line. 2400 bps to 56 Kbps
ISDN Dedicated telephone line and router. 64 Kbps to 128 Kbps
Satellite Newer versions have two-way satellite access. Older versions send request via normal phone dial-up connection and data is returned via satellite dish. 150 Kbps to 1.2 Mbps
DSL Telephone line and DSL modem. Receiving location must be within approximately 15,000 feet of provider central office or remote terminal and phone lines must meet minimum quality criteria. Typically 1.5 Mbps

 

Range is 128 Kbps to 8 Mbps

3G Wireless General term for a variety of technologies including GSM EDGEUMTS, and CDMA2000DECT and WiMAX. Typically 1.5 Mbps.

 

Range is up to 14. Mbps

4G Wireless General term for a variety of technologies including WiMAX and LTE Advanced. Minimum 100 Mbps.

 

Range is up to 1000 Mbps

Cable Cable modem and cable line. 512 Kbps to 20 Mbps
Frame Relay Provides a type of "party line" connection to the Internet.

Requires a FRAD (Frame Relay Access Device) similar to a modem, or a DSU/CSU.

56 Kbps to 1.544 Mbps (or more, depending on connection type)

Fractional T1

(Flexible DS1)

Only a portion of the 23 channels available in a T1 line is actually used. 64 Kbps to 1.544 Mbps
T1 Special lines and equipment (DSU/CSU and router) required. 1.544 Mbps
T3 Typically used for ISP to Internet infrastructure. 44.736 Mbps
OC-1 Typically used for ISP to Internet infrastructure within Internet infrastructure. 51.84 Mbps
OC-3 Typically used for large company backbone or Internet backbone. 155.52 Mbps