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How to Check your Internet Speed and make Sure you get what you Pay For

Posted by Mr. Hachis | On: Jul 11 2011

How do you really know that you're getting the kind of Internet speed from your ISP that you signed up for? Any Internet service provider is going to state two kinds of speed in the service brochure - the speed at which you get your downloads, and how you get to upload. You can't dismiss the upload part either. You need both kinds of speed working at optimal efficiency for a smooth Internet experience. Did you ever wonder how to check your Internet speed to really be able to check those numbers that you were promised when you signed up?

We'll get to the fun animated websites for how to check your Internet speed a bit later. Your first stop when you want to check your speed would be heading for the control panel page for your router. The exact appearance of the page depends of course on what brand of router you have. Usually, they give you real-time information as to what kind of transfer rates you are experiencing in packets per second. Look at the sticker somewhere on your router that tells you what web address your router is accessed by. Type the number into your browser's address bar, enter the password, and go to the page that shows up. You should find the basic speed you are experiencing on the whole there.

With that behind us, let's check some of the more entertaining ways there are. SpeakEasy.net is one of the top sites that let you check your speed. They let you pick one of many places across the country as places you would wish to send data to, to check your speed. The moment you press the Test button, a JavaScript animation of a speedometer appears, that shows how much data you're sending, and the speeds at which it is happening. It can get pretty exciting for the minute or so the test takes. At the end, you get your results - how fast your upload was, and how fast your download was. How do you know your speed was good enough though? If you have a dial-up connection, usually, your speeds don't ever cross about 32 kbps. That's the slowest ever you get, and that's no good for anything other than e-mail. If you live in the city, you probably have a DSL or cable Internet connection, and your speeds can be anything under 8 Mbps. You'll need to check your service provider's documents to see what kind of speed you're subscribing to.

It should be a good idea exercising your newfound knowledge on how to check your Internet speed from time to time. If you find that your speed is routinely far below normal, you'll need to bring it up with your service provider. They are sure to do something to correct the situation.

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