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.
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.