Internet Speed Test

Ever wondered what your internet speed is? Wonder no further!

Tips to get an accurate test result:

One at a time.

Make sure nobody else is online and disconnect all other devices other than the computer or device you’re conducting the test with.

Stand next to your router.

Make sure you are standing close to your router before you begin. (You may also use an ethernet cable to plug directly into your computer or device.)

Restart or close apps.

Restart the computer or device you're testing with and close applications. (Such as image editors, video and music streaming apps, etc.)

Check out your results.

You will quickly receive a number that indicates your broadband speed. The result should be around the advertised speed of your broadband plan.

Why should I run a speed test?

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.

What is a good speed?

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:

ADSL (1-24 Mbps)

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.

VDSL (15-130 Mbps)

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.

Fibre (300 Mbps and beyond)

Pure fibre is faster and more reliable than VDSL and comes with dedicated capacity for multiple devices to connect at once - ideal for families.

What does good internet look like?

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:

  • Ping (or latency shouldn't go over 150 ms or 300 ms for a round trip)
  • Jitter should remain below 30 ms
  • Packet loss should be less than 1%.

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.