Can you imagine a day without the Internet? I know, it will be very difficult. The internet has an integral role in our lives.
Let me ask you another question. Do you know the speed of your connection? Forget the advertisement taglines of your ISP for a while and think how much time you need to download a 1 MB file.
Maybe you are not sure about it. That’s why I am here with this post on how to test internet speed. As a cherry on the cake, you will get to know some tricks to increase the speed of your connection.
Knowing the exact pace of your connection is crucial. You will get to know the difference between real and promised speed. That’s why I have placed the internet connection test methods on top.
How to Test Internet Speed?
Testing internet speed is not a big deal. There are many tools available for this purpose. I am sharing a few of them here.
#1. Test Your Internet Speed with Speedtest.net
This is my favourite tool to test the speed of your internet connection. You can rely on the results from Speedtest.org without any doubt.
At first, you should visit speedtest.net. A map will be shown portraying your location. At the bottom left corner of the map, you can see your IP address as well as ISP (Internet Service Provider) name.
On top, a greenish button is available which says ‘BEGIN TEST.’ Click on it. You should wait a bit as the website analyzes your download and upload speed.
After all, you will be given a result like an image given below.
That’s all. Now you know how to test internet speed.
#2. AT&T Internet Speed Test
AT&T is another prominent internet speed checker tool. If you don’t like the interface of speedtest.net, you can try this option out. The UI of AT&T is clean, elegant and advertisement- free, unlike the former one.
Visit the home page of the speed checker. You will be asked to enter the AT&T email address. Don’t worry if you haven’t one. Entering an email address is just an optional thing.
All you need to do is click on the Start Test button. Wait for some time for the test to finish. At last, a result of upload and download speed will be displayed.
#3. Test Internet Speed with Speed.io
If you are not satisfied with the two of them given above, try this out. Speed.io is a similar service but a bit different in terms of the user interface.
A ‘Start Speedtest’ button is provided on the homepage. Clicking on it will lead you to the testing process. Speed.io tests download speed, upload speed, connections and ping response.
After the process is completed, you will be asked to click on a button to display the results. Do it and explore how fast your internet is.
From my experience, this website gave me a result slightly faster than the other two.
That’s all about internet connection tests! Now, let me give you some tips to increase the speed of your connection.
Tips to Increase Internet Speed
Haven’t you figured out your internet speed yet? Don’t bang your head on the wall if you see lower numbers. Read on to know some simple ways, using which it is possible to increase the speed of your connection.
#1. If you are going to purchase a new internet connection, this is what I have to say to you. Never ever trust advertisements. Going with the ads will end up in a miserable experience for you.
#2. Already have a fast connection? Then, changing your modem might help you. Move your old guy aside and try connecting with a modem with higher throughput.
#3. Sometimes, connection cables suck. There is no way to know whether the slowness is because of cables or not. Try a different ethernet cable!
#4. Viruses are another reason for the slow connection. Get an efficient antivirus program and scan right now.
#5. If you are using a broadband connection attached to a telephone, filters/ splitters are something that can’t be avoided. Check its efficiency by connecting to the web without it.
#6. Often, websites (like youtube, drive) stops supporting older browsers. To get the maximum support, you should upgrade your browsers and other software to the latest version.
#7. Some modems start decreasing the speed when it comes in contact with magnets. Analyze the speed after removing all speakers, phones and tablets from the place.
#8. Cache and IP (not for all connection) changes with each startup. So, turn off your modem for a few minutes. Then, turn it on again. The problem will be solved in some of the cases.
Haven’t You Checked Your Internet Speed Yet?
What are you waiting for? I gave you all the info you require about testing your internet speed and a few tips to increase it as well!
Utilize them and do let me know your feedback via comments. If you have any queries regarding the same, don’t hesitate to add them too. I will be more than happy to help you.
Share this with your friends and enjoy your time.