How to Test to See How Fast My Internet Connection Is

By David Paige

A slow Internet connection can be a nuisance when you're trying to view content online. This is especially true if you use the Internet for a variety of different functions that are heavy on the connection, such as online gaming and streaming media like music and videos. You can check how fast your Internet is by visiting speed-testing sites online. Once you know the speed of your connection, you can upgrade accordingly or do things to lower your bandwidth consumption.

Digital Landing Broadband Test

Step 1

Open your browser and go to Digital Landing's high speed Internet test (see Resources).

Step 2

Click "Begin Test" to begin testing your Internet speed. The website tests various aspects of your Internet connection, such as your upload and download speeds.

Step 3

Look at the results of the Internet test. Your speed will be shown in comparison to the average speed of your state and the entire United States.

Speed Test

Step 1

Open your browser and go to SpeedTest.net's broadband Internet speed test (see Resources).

Step 2

Click "Begin Test." The website will find the best server to use to determine your Internet speed. Your download and upload speeds will be tested and you will receive your results once the test has finished. The website shows your "Ping" speed, "Download" speed and your "Upload" speed.

Step 3

Click "Share This Result" to share your Internet speed. To share it on your "Twitter" or "Facebook" account, click on the "Twitter" or "Facebook" button. To share the results via a link, copy the link under the "URL" heading and paste it to whomever you want to share your speed with. This link can be posted in an email, on your blog, on a forum or on your status via a social networking site of your choice just to name a few suggestions.

Bandwidth Place

Step 1

Open your browser and go to Bandwidth Place's broadband Internet test (see Resources).

Step 2

Click "Start Test" to have your "Download" speed and "Upload" speed measured. Once the test has finished, the website shows your "Download" speed as well as your "Upload" speed.

Step 3

Scroll further down the page and read the table entitled, "What Do The Numbers Mean?" You will see which speeds are appropriate for your type of connection.