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How do you test your internet speed?

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To test your Internet speed, you need to provide a solid connection with your router. Cancel any unnecessary downloads or applications, and connect to a website that determines your connection speed.

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  1. Establish a clean connection for your computer

    Ensure that your laptop or computer is plugged into the router or modem provided by your ISP. This helps eliminate any loss from competing wireless networks. Turn off the wireless connection on your device.

  2. Terminate or exit anything you don't need

    Save your work, and exit all your running applications. Each open application can reduce some of your available resources, which can limit the effectiveness of the speed test. Make sure all downloads are finished, and close all open windows. Cancel any virtual private network or proxy connections.

  3. Connect to a website that measures your Internet speed

    Your ISP should offer this service on its website, but there are a number of third-party sites that also do this if you're unaware of the provider. Start the test, and let it run.

  4. Take note of the data for future tests

    Most sites test ping rate with your upload and download speeds. Some tests are more detailed, but upload and download are the most important numbers to the average user. Keep a record of these values, and retest at various times to ensure your equipment is always working at optimal speeds.

Internet speed tests such as SpeedOf.Me test your Internet connection by downloading files of varying size beginning with the smallest. If the smallest file is downloaded quickly enough, the test continues with a larger file. The files continue to grow in size until it takes more than a certain amount of time, usually a matter of seconds, to download it. The speed test then uploads part of the file back to the test server and calculates the upload speed of your Internet connection.

Internet speed tests may give incorrect results if your computer uses security measures such as a firewall or proxy server. It is also recommended to test with different web browsers and compare the results. Internet speed tests can also be used with mobile devices to test cellular data speeds.

Other websites such as Speedtest.net offer additional online services to test the speed and quality of your Internet connection, including quality analyzers and indexes of speed tests according to location. These indexes allow users to compare their Internet connections with other broadband customers.

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