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Understanding the Results

An internet speed test is like a fitness check for your connection. It measures how fast data travels between your device and a server, typically by downloading and uploading small files. Here’s how it rolls:

  1. Request: When you hit “Start Test,” your device sends a request to a server, asking, “Hey, can you send me some data?”
  2. Data Transfer: The server obliges, firing off data packets your way. Your device grabs these packets as fast as it can for the download test.
  3. Uploading: Once the download’s done, your device switches gears and starts shooting data back to the server. This measures your upload speed.
  4. Calculations: The test tool crunches the numbers, calculating how long it took to transfer the data and the size of the files. Then, it dishes out your speed results in Mbps (megabits per second).
  5. Analysis: Your results show you how zippy your connection is for both downloading and uploading. And boom, you’ve got the lowdown on your internet speed, whether it’s Flash-like or stuck in slow-mo.

What is a “packet?”

A packet is a small chunk of data that travels over the internet. It’s like a digital envelope containing the information you’re sending, along with instructions for where it should go. These packets zip around the network until they reach their destination, helping data move smoothly across the internet.

According to the FCC recommendations, different speeds are optimal for different tasks. We’ve listed some common speeds below. Please visit the FCC Broadband Speed Guide for more details.
  • General Browsing, Social Media, and Email – 1Mbps or more
  • Students – 5-25Mbps
  • Streaming High-Definition (HD) video – 5-8Mbps
  • Streaming Ultra HD 4K video – 25Mbps or more
  • Online gaming – 3Mbps or more
There are multiple factors that can impact your internet speed. The diagram below serves as an example. It is important to consider how many devices you will be using, what they will be used for, and more.

Ping is like sending a quick “hello” to check if someone’s there. It measures how long it takes for a signal to go from your device to a server and back. Low ping means a fast connection, while high ping means there’s a delay. It’s crucial for online games and video calls to feel smooth and responsive.