Measure your Internet connection at Speedtest.net

speedtest_icon Real speed of Internet connection may be hard to determine. It can be valued:

  • subjectively (how fast browsing is, how long to download that movie for educational purpose);
  • in hard numbers (amount of data downloaded or uploaded per second).

Speedtest is online service that provides bandwidth test with numerous servers across the globe and extensive statistics.

What it does

Speedtest loads fancy Adobe Flash page that allows you to choose server and test your connection. Geographically closest server will be offered by default and it is best to go with it (unless you want to see how jumping across the globe slows those bytes).

speedtest_interface

It measures download, upload and ping values. Results are saved (by IP address, no registration required) so if you have static IP you can see how your connection gets better or worse over time.

Comparing results

Service accumulates statistics on tests (and there are a lot of them performed all the time). Amount of data provided is increasing from time to time with interface updates. At moment you can look up:

  • how your connection compares to other clients of same provider;
  • other Internet users in your region;
  • what speeds are average for whole continents, countries and specific cities.

Sharing results

Speedtest compiles you results in badge-type image and provides a link to share it easily.

Speedtest result

Simple and nice feature, equally useful for boasting and troubleshooting connection issues.

Overall

While giving good speeds estimate online tests are far from completely accurate. There are plenty of services online but I think Speedtest has important advantage of providing numerous servers spread geographically.

Link http://speedtest.net/

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3 Comments

  • I used to measure Internet connection with the DSLReports Speed Test ( http://www.dslreports.com/stest ), but I’ve switched to Speedtest.net over one year ago. Tests revealed that Speedtest.net is the most reliable services available today.
    And the new interface is great, though I loved the darker one. ;)

  • @Seelenwahnsinn

    I don’t care much about color scheme but I like how they increased number of stats and other stuff with interface update. :)

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