How Fast Is Your Internet, Really?

Internet service providers (ISPs) advertise some blazingly fast speeds, but are you getting anywhere near that at your home? You may have run a speed test in the past, but certain variables might be masking (and slowing) your true speed.

When you run a speed test you want to have as direct a connection as you can to the test servers. If you are receiving the Internet through a wireless router or switch, you are introducing a new variable that can slow down your connection. Your router or switch may not be able to handle current Internet speeds, especially if you are using old equipment.

  1. Take the Ethernet cable from your modem and plug it directly into your computer to give you the most direct connection to the test servers.
  2. Visit a speed test website. We recommend
  3. Choose the closest servers to you when you run the test. Distant servers will give slower speeds.
  4. Run the test multiple times and take the average of the results. Someone else may be running a speed test at the same time, and taking an average provides a more accurate result.
  5. Run the test at different times of the day. Testing during high traffic hours in the evening when everyone in your area is online will result in a slower speed.

Now that you know your true Internet speed you can test to see if your equipment is bottlenecking your connection. For example, if you have a 100 Mbps connection with the Ethernet cable, but only 50 Mbps through your wireless router then your wireless router is slowing your connection.

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