How to Test Your Router Transfer Speed

By Tammy Clevenger

Have you ever wondered how fast your router is? Maybe you want to calculate the time required for a particular download to complete or verify that the throughput speed advertised by the cable or DSL provider is actually being achieved. Several free tools are available online that will test your router’s transfer speed (See Resources). These speed tests are quick and easy to perform and easy to understand.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Router

Step 1

Open an internet browser and enter the URL for SpeedTest.net or one of the other free online testing tools.

Step 2

Click the “Begin Test” or "Start" button to begin the test cycle.

Step 3

Note the Download, Upload and Ping speeds. These measures indicate the transfer speed of the router.