How to Test Your Internet Connection Speed

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Best Practices For Connection Speed Testing:
For the most accurate result when testing connection speed, you have to think about a few things before you test. Here’s what you need to do:

Ensure You Aren’t Using Your Internet Connection: Is someone else streaming Netflix, or are you downloading files on your computer? Pause all applications using your connection before performing a speed test. Ensure the speed-test application is the only thing using your connection, and you’ll be able to measure it more accurately. If the tool can’t saturate your connection, the numbers you’ll see will be low.On a smartphone or any other type of mobile device, check your device isn’t downloading or uploading data in the background.

How to Test Your Connection Speed:
The actual process of measuring your connection speed is simple. We recommend Speedtest.net because it’s as simple as visiting the website and clicking the “Begin Test” button.On a smartphone or tablet, free Speedtest.net applications are available. Download them from your app store of choice, launch them, and test your speed. Remember, to disconnect from the Wi-Fi network to test your smartphone’s data network.

Note: Using any speed-test app involves both downloading and uploading data. The app works by attempting to download and upload data at maximum speed for several seconds. It could use as much as 20 MB of data per speed test — the faster your connection, the more data it will use. Take this into account.

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