One at a time.
Stand next to your router.
Restart or close apps.
Check out your results.
You want to ensure you are getting the internet speed you are paying for. For instance, if you are on a gigabit connection, you want to ensure you are able to reach gigabit speeds (1000 Mbps). This tool will allow you to check your speed so you can see if you are getting what your internet service provider is promising you.
Different connections and cable types (copper, fibre, wireless) carry data at different speeds, so a good download speed will depend on which of these connections you have at home.
If you’re not sure what type of broadband you have, you can use Grabify's internet speed test to find out what connection you’re on now and what options might be available at your place. The four main options and their average download speeds are:
Traditional copper cabling (like the old phone lines) and enough for the basics of internet usage (web browsing and emailing). The further away you live from the cabinet or exchange, the slower your speed will be.
A mix of copper and fibre, VDSL can be fast enough for activities like high-definition streaming. You'll get higher speeds if you live within a kilometre of the cabinet or exchange.
Pure fibre is faster and more reliable than VDSL and comes with dedicated capacity for multiple devices to connect at once - ideal for families.
Internet speed results are typically broken down into different numbers representing upload and download speed and delay or latency. This might sound complicated, so if you're looking for
benchmarks to compare your broadband performance against, here are the numbers to look for.
Cisco - an industry leading manufacturer of networking and telecommunications hardware - says that for a good quality of service:
Your download and upload speeds should match the rates specified by your internet service provider (ISP) for your plan unless you're on ADSL or VDSL and live far from a cabinet or exchange.