How to check your Internet Speed

By Chappy Sinclair

Internet connection speed is determined by a number of factors: the base speed assigned by your Internet service provider, network congestion and bandwidth-consuming programs running on your computer. The base speed, which varies depending on the type of Internet you have, could be relative to how much you pay for the service, though it is never guaranteed to always be at that speed because of the other aforementioned factors. Check your Internet speed by using a variety of Internet speed tests. These tests work with both broadband and dial-up Internet connections.

What is my IP - Internet Speed Test

Step 1

Open the whatismyip.com website in a Web browser such as Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox. Click the "Speed Test" button at the top of the page.

Step 2

Click the server closest to your current location to begin the test.

Step 3

Wait for the test to conclude. If applicable, both the download and upload speed of your Internet connection will be displayed.

Speakeasy - Speed Test

Step 1

Open the speakeasy.net/speedtest/ website in a Web browser such as Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox.

Step 2

Click the server closest to your current location to begin the test.

Step 3

Wait for the test to conclude. If applicable, both the download and upload speed of your Internet connection will be displayed.

Toast - Internet Performance and Speed Test

Step 1

Open the performance.toast.net website in a Web browser such as Firefox or Chrome.

Step 2

Select the type of Internet you have, such as dial-up or broadband (DSL or cable), under the Select Speed Test Type section on the left side of the page.

Step 3

Click the server closest to your current location. Click the "Run Test" button. Wait for the test to conclude. If applicable, both the download and upload speed of your Internet connection will be displayed.