Verifying the speed of your Internet connection should be part of your weekly routine. You pay good money for Internet service — maybe even a bit more for some extra bandwidth — and you need to make sure your Internet service provider is keeping up its end of the bargain. Thankfully, checking the speed of your Internet service is an easy task.
Here is how to find your Internet speed in four steps:
- Navigate to a Website That Features an HTML5 Speed Test
Simply open your favorite web browser and navigate to a website that uses HTML5 technology to perform a speed test. Some websites still use Flash, which can load slowly, especially when there is a problem with the Internet service. HTML5 sites usually load faster, and they also work on iOS mobile devices such as the iPad and iPhone that will never support Flash.
- Choose a Server for the Test
After the speed test website loads, you can select a server for the test or let the website choose the default for the fastest server. If you decide to choose your own, select the server that is the closest to your current location, as it tends to be the fastest.
- Start the Test and Take Note of the Results
Press the “Start” button to begin the test. The website performs both a quick download and upload of a small file and displays the results on screen when it is finished. A virtual “speedometer” also provides a real-time view of the speed during the test itself. Take note of the results, either by saving a screen shot or by entering them into a word processor or spreadsheet file.
- Keep the Test Results
It is important to save your test results in a spreadsheet or word processor. If you ever experience long periods of slower Internet service, this information will help when trying to get a credit from your Internet service provider.
As you can see, it is easy to find your Internet speed. Make it a habit to check it at least once a week, and let your Internet provider know as soon as you notice any unacceptably slow speeds!
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