Whats your broadband speed?

I usually get this question about the varying Broadband speed from many of my readers. The usual question goes like this

I am on a 512 kbps unlimited plan but still my download speed is not more than 64kbps 😦 . Do you have any clues. Is my ISP cheating? Where can i measure my actual broadband speed?

So here you go, The first thing to remember is that most of the ISP’s sell the speed as upto speed and not a guaranteed speed. Also, upto speed usually is not the speed we get most of the times. In such scenarios if you really wish to test your current internet speed, Speedtest.net is for you.

Speedtest.net is a broadband connection analysis tool with a huge selection of geographically dispersed testing servers. Speedtest.net measures the performance of your broadband connection. At the end of each test, you are presented with the download (the speed of data from the server to your computer) and upload (the speed of sending data from your computer to the server) bandwidth speeds. The tests are performed completely within your web browser over HTTP (just like normal web browsing).

Speed test results can be shared over the internet

Speedtest.net initially recommends a server based on what it thinks is the shortest physical distance between you and one of the servers. However, because the Internet does not operate in direct paths, this recommendation may not be ideal. To best utilize Speedtest.net, find the server that provides the fastest and most consistent results and set it as your preferred server.

Click here to visit Speedtest.net and carry out your tests.

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4 Responses

  1. Hi

    Well if you do the math , you can know the download rate

    If the broadband speed is 256kbps , then divide by 8 , thats your download rate , i.e 32kBps

    For 512kbps, == 64 kBps , you are getting right speed 🙂

    by the way the tools rocks 🙂


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