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Speed Test Results
Running regular internet speed tests can help you better understand your connectivity performance trends and your connection’s maximum speed. However, when you finally get your speed test results, are you able to understand what each metric means? Use this guide and glossary to gain a more comprehensive look into your web connection performance.
What is good internet speed?
According to the FCC, the good internet speed benchmark starts at a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps to perform everyday online tasks. Regarding what speeds you need for these common activities, your connection will need to meet the following minimum download speeds:
- 1-5 Mbps for email and web browsing
- 15-25 Mbps for streaming HD video
- 40-100 Mbps for streaming 4K video and light online gaming
- 200+ Mbps for streaming 4K video, online gaming, and downloading large files
How to Read Internet Speed Test
An internet speed test is an evaluation of your existing broadband parameters. Speed tests work by sending a file from a speedtest server and analyzing the time it takes to download the file onto your local device (computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.) and then upload it back to the server. Once the test is complete, you’re likely presented with the following terms and correlating metrics measured.
Download speed is the time it takes for your web connection to retrieve data from the server. Download speeds are typically far greater than upload speeds. Download speeds are measured in megabits per second (Mbps).
Upload speed is the time it takes for your connection to send data back to the server. Common online tasks like sending emails, video-chatting, and posting photos to social media platforms require responsive upload speeds. Upload speed is also measured in megabits per second. Learn more about download vs upload speeds.
Ping measures the reaction time of your connection, recording how quickly you’re able to get a response after sending out a request. The lower your ping measurement, the more responsive your connection. Ping is measured in milliseconds (ms). Learn more about ping.
Though often used interchangeably with ping, latency is the measure of time between a request and a result. Latency rates reveal how much time it takes for a signal to travel to your internet destination server and back. Lower latency means lower lag time, therefore the lower the number, the better. Latency is measured in milliseconds (ms). Learn how to test latency on your network.
Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data that can be transmitted over your internet connection within a specified amount of time. Bandwidth directly refers to the volume of information that can be sent rather than the speed at which it is sent. Bandwidth is expressed in megabits per second. Learn more about bandwidth.