How To Identify the Speed of My Internet Connection

by Ramesh Natarajan on May 8, 2009

If your internet speed is really slow, you may want to identify your current upload and download speed in Mb/s before calling your ISP provider.  There are lot of websites out there you can use to calculate the speed. This article explains how to perform the internet bandwidth speed using speedtest.net. 

If you use some other websites to calculate the speed, pelase leave a comment and let us know.
 

  1. Go to www.speedtest.net
  2. This will display a map of your country and show various speed-test servers. By default this will choose the server closer to your location. In my case, it automatically picked up the server in Los Angeles, CA.
  3. Click on “Start Test to Recommended Server” to use the server it automatically selected for your speed test. (or) Pick a different server from the map.
  4. This will first test the download speed and then upload speed.
  5. Once the test is done, it will display a summary with both upload and download speed as shown in the Fig below.
  6. This will also show, how much it will take to download the mp3 file, video file and movie of specific sizes.
  7. This also gives a little bar graph at the bottom showing how your speed compares with the ISP average.

Calculate ISP Bandwidth Speed

Fig: Internet Bandwidth Upload and Download Speed


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1 KCDesi May 11, 2009 at 11:21 am

Hello Ramesh

Thanks for the link.

You may want to add the link to the site
http://www.auditmypc.com/internet-speed-test.asp

This gives reliable speed results and I have used for for quite a while while cribbing about internet speeds with my ISP.

KCDesi

Disclaimer: I am no way related to thisy company just a satisfied user :)

2 benjamin August 31, 2009 at 6:22 am
3 Laurie October 15, 2009 at 7:54 am

I’d like to ask, how should I choose the server?

If I choose the one closest to my city, does it mean it the most accurate result?
I am using skype to skype calls with people in another country.
Should I click the other country’s server to know how fast my call can connect there? or should i just click where I am located?
thanks in advance.

4 MP April 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Thanks.

5 Montana September 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Laurie:

Generally the further you and the recipient are from Skype’s servers, the more issues you can expect to have during the call. So if you and the recipient live in the same country, assuming you and the recipient have a good connection, you may experience few issues, if any. However, if you’re calling someone who is halfway across the world, the call quality will probably not be very good.

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