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Testing Your Broadband Speed – Information & Advice

By Mark Walters

A broadband speed test is a way of checking your current DSL internet connection to see if it is performing to the standards that your internet service provider states as the expected speed of your connection. The broadband speed test is conducted by sending and receiving packets of data to servers located around the world.

You can either test your internet access speeds through one of the vast number of web sites which offer broadband speed test or alternatively, purchase or download software which does the same thing.

The guidelines below describe the way to correctly test your data transfer speeds:

-Access the test application. You can use either pre-loaded software on your computer or one of the many popular internet websites that can test your broadband connection speed.

-There are some websites and applications in which you can specify which country you would like the test to be carried out with, though other applications only have one default server with which to test.

-Once you click ‘Go’, the application will first establish a connection with the server and attain a Ping speed. This is the amount of time it takes for the server to respond to a packet or request. The ping speed, or latency, will nowadays be under 100 milliseconds for internet service providers in developed countries connecting to each other and ideally under 300ms if you are in or connecting to an internet service provider located in a developing country.

-The download speed test will be carried out after the latency test. For the download test, the server you are connecting to will transmit packets of data to your computer, thus determining your download speed.

-The next test will be an upload test. Data packets will then be sent from your computer, up to the server. The speed at which they are received will ascertain your data upload capacity.

-The application will then tell you your maximum upload and download speeds which will be taken from the highest speed reached in the upload and download tests.

Always bear in mind that with broadband speed tests, your highest speeds will most likely be attainable within your country of residence. The further away the server for which the speed test is taking place, generally, the slower the connection.

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