Speed Test Results

What do your Speed Test results mean?

Have you ever tried to compare speed test results? There are many factors that control your connection speed and more notably how you access information, files and emails. The type of broadband technology you’re using regulates the range of speeds distributed to your computer and your Internet speed governs whether you can run any online application effectively. Have you ever sat there frustrated waiting for a movie or song to download or watched a movie that stuttered and skipped—or worse got the “buffering” display. Buffering is simply a message indicating that your connection cannot handle the speed at which the video is being delivered.


After you compare speed test results, there are two factors to consider when measuring:

Bandwidth is the size of the conduit in which the data is travelling inside. Since Bandwidth only means the size of the pipe, it doesn’t necessarily mean more speed. However, a larger pipe will permit more data to travel.

Speed is the rate at which the data is travelling. Since Internet Service Providers (ISPs) advertise speeds in ranges, it’s very difficult to estimate specifically how fast a connection speed will be.

Download Speeds

Download speeds are the rate at which data travels from the Internet to a user. After you compare speed test results, you will notice that download speeds are typically faster than upload speeds because typical users receive much more data, e.g., web pages, movies and music, than they send. Download speeds are exactly what they sound like: since files are downloaded piece-by-piece, download speeds tell how fast each piece is being downloaded at that time.

Upload Speeds

Upload is essentially the opposite of download. The speed at which data is “uploaded” to the Internet, like pictures, music and videos uploaded to Facebook, for example. After you compare speed test results, you will notice that upload speeds are usually slower than download generally because users tend to do far more downloading than uploading; hence ISPs—who regulate various network traffic—give more priority to downloading. Upload speeds are essential for users doing large amounts of uploading, i.e., someone who works from home, online gamers or self-hosting.

Utilizing the Geographic Server function on the Speed Test

Now that you’re ready to compare speed test results, you should get familiar with a useful tool attached to the speed test. An addition to the Bandwidthplace Speed Test is the “Choose Server” function. It allows people to visually see how fast their Internet connection is among servers across the globe. If your ISP promises you 16 Mbps, you might not always get that because of distance and location (among other factors). Since some ISPs have better Internet “backbones” they usually provide better speeds from further distances. If your company has a private WAN—simply because of Internet speed—the “Choose Server” function is perfect for testing between locations.