Microsoft’s new Xbox One video game system goes beyond the typical disk-based console gaming experience. A fast Internet service is the best way to get the most out of the new Xbox, which offers online gameplay, video streaming, and a host of other compelling content in addition to regular video game action.
If your broadband service seems occasionally slow, it is probably a good idea to give it a regular checkup to ensure you’re getting the speed you pay for before getting into the Xbox One. Thankfully, it is an easy process to test your Internet speed using a industry-leading website with a state-of-the-art HTML5 test. An HTML5 speed test will load faster and work on a larger number of devices compared to older Flash-based testing.
How to Test your Internet Speed
First off, navigate to the test website in your web browser. Before running the test, you can choose a server location or let the site pick the default. If you decide to choose your own server, be sure to pick the closest one to your current location.
After clicking on the “Start” button to begin the test, a quick server “ping” happens followed by the download of a small file. Note your current download speed on the speedometer. After the download finishes, the test then performs a quick file upload and records the test result — expect your upload speed to be significantly slower than your download speed.
After the test finishes, make it a point to save your results, either by taking a screen shot or by writing down the values in a spreadsheet or text file. Having a historical record of your test results helps if you ever need to get a credit from your Internet provider when their service isn’t up to par.
Once you verify your bandwidth is as expected, turn on your Xbox One and get into some online gaming or even watch a movie. It is easy to test your Internet speed, so make sure to do it regularly!