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Broadband speed test

Test your Internet connection and see if you're getting what you pay for.

The Finder broadband speed test calculates a number of different factors related to your broadband speed. Results are only an indication of the speeds you are receiving and should be used as general advice to compare broadband plans.

What is a broadband speed test?

Being able to connect to the Internet is an essential part of modern life. However, it’s becoming increasingly important to be able to connect at speed, so you can get to the information you want as quickly as possible.

A broadband speed test is a way of tracking that speed. While every speed test is different and is influenced by many different factors, it’s the best indicator of what kind of speeds you get on your connection. It’s important to keep in mind that because tests can be different, you’ll probably never get the same results two times in a row.

How do broadband speed tests work?

Like all speed tests, the Finder broadband speed test calculates the time it takes to transfer small amounts of data both to and from your computer from the speed-test server.

By monitoring the time it takes to transfer files, you can get an indication of what speed, measured in Mbps (megabits per second), your connection is getting.

What does a broadband speed test actually test?

The Finder broadband speed test calculates a number of different factors related to your broadband speed. While all of them are important, depending on your particular needs some may be more important than others.

Ping

Ping measures the time it takes for a signal to be sent from one computer to another computer and then back. A low ping is essential for online gaming, where you need your button presses and mouse clicks to be registered on the server as quickly as they happen so you aren’t at a disadvantage against your competitors.

Jitter

In order to get an accurate Ping result, the broadband speed test will run it multiple times. Jitter records how much variation there is between those results. The lower the number, the more stable your connection is.

Download Speed

This measurement records the speed at which your broadband connection can download files to your computer in Mbps. Having a low download speed can impact the quality of your Netflix stream (especially if you want to watch shows in 4K resolution) or how quickly you can download the latest game to your PlayStation 4 console.

Upload Speed

Upload speed uses the same methodology as download speed, except it tracks how quickly your connection to the Internet can send files. As with download speeds, the higher the number in Mbps, the better the speed.

Why aren’t I getting the speed I paid for?

There are many factors that can influence the actual speeds a broadband connection can achieve, ranging from the type of broadband connection to the number of people that are trying to connect at the same time. In some cases, the ISP you choose for your Internet connection can also affect the speeds you get.

For ADSL connections, the distance your address is from the telephone exchange and the quality of the copper wire will have the biggest effect on your speed performance, though congestion can also play a big part in how fast your speed test results will be.

Compare broadband plans for a faster connection

Name Product Prices from (per month) Max Download Speed (Mbps) Minimum Contract (Months) Unlimited Data Option?
NOW Unlimited - No contract
$74.95
70
No contract
Yes
FINDER OFFER: Save $10.05 a month on a no-contract plan. Use your own router or buy one for $120.
Wireless Nation Fibre Broadband
$79
900
No contract
Yes
Unlimited fibre, ADSL and VDSL broadband plans with no connection fee and local Kiwi support.
Voyager Fibre 100
$89
100
No contract
Yes
$79 per month on a 12-month term. Unlimited data.
Discount offer: Get FREE SETUP right now! Save $49 on a no-contract plan.
NOW Ultra Unlimited
$99
900
12
Yes
Special offer: $14.05 off each month ($84.95 per month) with no connection fee and a free router.
Wireless Nation Home Wireless
$59
36
No contract
No
Plug and play wireless broadband plans with no installation needed. Data plans ranging from 60GB to 600GB.
Voyager Fibre Max
$109
950
No contract
Yes
$99 per month on a 12-month term. Unlimited data.
Discount offer: Get FREE SETUP right now! Save $49 on a no-contract plan.
NOW Unlimited
$85
100
12
Yes
Special offer: Get 6 months half price ($42.50 per month). No connection fee.
MyRepublic Fibre 100
$79
100
No contract
Yes
DISCOUNT OFFER: Get $50 account credit for every friend that signs up for 12 or 24 months. BYO router on no-lock in contracts.
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