How To Do An Internet Speed Test?

How To Do An Internet Speed Test?


There was a time when having an internet connection was a form of luxury. However, in the last fifteen years or so, it has become a necessity for all of us.

And, why wouldn’t it be?

Nowadays, almost each and every piece of information is available on the internet. Whether you want to watch movies from or know about someone or a recently-released book, you can find everything on Google.

That’s not all, though.

Now, we can order food and clothing from the web as well. It’s quick and convenient – much more than you can think of.

Due to this reason, the number of web users is increasing like nothing we could’ve imagined before. As per a report, only 25% of people in the USA had access to the net in 2004. But, the number increased to 75% in 2019.

Nonetheless, such a massive boost in the number of users has done something a little crude. Due to that reason, we’re constantly facing the issue of slow internet.

So, what’s the solution?

Tackling a slow internet connection isn’t a massive issue. You can take steps and make amends in that case. However, before you do that, you’ll need to test your internet speed.

Measuring Your Internet Speed – A Guide

There are a wide array of tools available out there to measure your internet speed. Hence, if you want to use them, here are some of the tips that you need to follow.

  • Type “internet speed test” on Google and open a website tool (preferably Ookla).
  • Now, click on “Go” or whatever prompt the site is using.

This will automatically start the measurement of your internet speed. Considering the setting you have in place, the amount will be shown in Mbps or Kbps.

Usually, if your download or upload speed has the measurement of overall 100 Mbps, it’s pretty good. Anything less than that can also offer a decent service. However, it won’t be too ideal for you if you’re streaming and playing at the same time.

Upload And Download – What’s The Difference?

When you’re measuring your internet speed, you’ll come across two options – download and upload. Each of them is pretty different in what they tend to indicate. So, learning about them would do a world of good for you.

  • Upload Speed: It will measure how quickly you can send network-based data to a server. This information will be crucial for you when you’re streaming something.
  • Download Speed: This will help you understand how efficiently you can get data from another server. It’ll be crucial when you’re downloading a game or song.

Usually, the download speed will be more important for an average user who’s concerned about watching videos or downloading games.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Although we’ve offered as much information as possible, we know that you still might be having confusion or two about this topic. Hence, to take care of the same, we’ve created this question-answer segment for you. Hopefully, it works out the way we all want.

1.    How Do I Test My Wi-Fi Speed?

There is more than one website tool available on the internet that can help you test your internet speed. Amongst them, Ookla is considered to be the most accurate. However, if you want to work with something else, you may choose – or SpeedSmart.

2.    Is 50 Mbps Fast?

Well, if you are using the internet for mailing or doing some other mundane task, then yes. Having a speed of 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps will be enough for you. However, when it comes to streaming, you’ll need to opt for a 200-Mbps plan or something higher than that.

3.    Is 100 Mbps Fast Enough For Netflix?

Yes, as per the official website of Netflix, 100 Mbps is, indeed, enough for you to stream on the platform. However, it’s still best to opt for something higher if you’re not too confident.

The Bottom Line

Using a faster internet is definitely a near-ideal option if you’re trying to play an online game while streaming. It may cost you a little more than usual, but your gaming experience will be much better than before.

About the author

Venkatesan Prabu

Wikitechy Founder, Author, International Speaker, and Job Consultant. My role as the CEO of Wikitechy, I help businesses build their next generation digital platforms and help with their product innovation and growth strategy. I'm a frequent speaker at tech conferences and events.

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