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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 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.
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.
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 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.
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