Url Speed Test

Check the speed of the Internet connection between your computer and the Bell server. Internet speed tests, like this one or the test found at SpeedTest.net, measure the latter, or the speed reaching the device running the test. These test results are often lower than your plan speed due to various factors outside your Internet provider's control, including WiFi conditions and device capabilities. Test your mobile website speed. Google ranks your page on its mobile speed, and mobile Internet users have surpassed desktop users. Select the size of the browser window we use for your test and view the resulting load times. We’ve got the most popular devices built right in for your testing. SEND FEEDBACK SEND FEEDBACK ABOUT SPEED TEST. No servers responded. What speeds should I.

Why do I get a “socket error” message?
An error may result from having the speed test open in more than one browser tab or window. The test may fail to complete and display the following message:
“A socket error occurred during the Upload test. Please try again later.”

To prevent this error, and get the most accurate test results, close all other browser tabs and windows before running.

If you continue to get a socket error message, or another type of error message, please provide feedback by emailing us at [email protected] Please, include your OS/Browser information.

Why is the location I usually pick missing from the City list?
We first complete a latency test to our servers, and if a server does not respond within a specified time frame, it is not included in the City list.

A slow response can be caused by latency or packet-loss between the client and server, or particularly high Internet usage (during peak hours). Do try the test again in a little while.

In which browsers does the Speed Test work best?
For best results, use the most recent version of your favorite browser. But at minimum use Firefox 53, Chrome 59, Safari 10, IE 11, or Edge 13 or higher. If you are unable to see Speed Test, though other content appears on the speed test page, check your browser's security setting. Try lowering the setting from High to Medium-High, or even a bit lower, to allow the broadband test application to load.

Why am I receiving “Could not connect to the Internet” errors when I am connected?
In some cases, firewall and security software can prevent the test from running and generate a 'could not connect' error. Temporarily lowering the severity should allow the broadband test to run. Be sure to turn it back on before leaving our website.

Why didn’t the test choose the server location nearest me?
Our Speed Test automatically detects the optimal server host location for testing, which is not necessarily the closest server host. This is due to real-time network circumstances like number of hops, or current traffic load on each test server. Change the selection using the Change City drop down function directly underneath the Start Test button.

Why is my speed lower than expected?
Several factors may slow your connection, resulting in lower-than-expected speeds. Try these simple suggestions below. But if your slower speeds persist, contact your broadband service provider to see if they can determine the issue.

  1. Be sure to stop any downloads or programs that may be using your connection while running the test.
  2. When using a wireless connection, there may be wireless interference. Try using a wired Ethernet connection instead.
  3. Try rebooting your modem or router and then running the test again.

What is “Throughput” and what factors affect my results?
There are many factors that impact your speed test results. Throughput problems in your local area network, IP or access overhead, and network design all play a role. Please read the definitions and examples below to learn more about these factors.

  • Download
    Download is a measure of how fast your connection delivers content to your computer or local area network.
  • Upload
    Upload is the measure of how fast content is delivered from your computer or local area network to others on the Internet.
    For businesses or power-users, download and upload speed should match or at least be very close. This is important for applications like VoIP, on-line gaming and other interactive programs. Upload speed is even more important if you are operating a server at your location. If achieving optimal upload speed is a concern, consider Ethernet or T1 services.
  • Kbps
    Kbps transfer rate = kilobit per second transfer rate. There are 8 bits in a byte, so we would divide kbps by 8 to get KB/sec transfer rate.
  • Mbps
    Mbps transfer rate = megabits per second transfer rate. 1000 kilobits equals one megabit. One megabit per second equals 1 million bits per second. Mbps is the industry-standard used by ISPs.
  • MBps
    MegaBytes per second. There are 8 megabits in one megabyte.
  • Transfer Rate
  • Transfer rate is speed at which data can be transmitted between devices. As files to download become increasingly larger, the highest data transfer rate is most desirable.
  • Throughput
    Throughput is the maximum amount of communication or messaging that can be transmitted through a communication channel during an elementary unit of time, usually, in a second.
    Depending on the type of channel, the addressing mechanism used in that channel, the type of messages are being transmitted and how secure the transmission needs to be—along with physical attributes like temperature, humidity and signal-to-noise ratios—actual measured throughput will vary.

An Example of Throughput
You have Ethernet 8.0 Mbps service and need to transmit an email which is exactly 1MB in size You may expect it will take exactly 1 second to transmit that message. But it will actually take longer as the total information that needs to be transmitted is more than 1MB. The total information is called Payload. The channel needs to not only transmit the payload but also some addressing details like where it is coming from and where it is destined to.

The device that sends this email will break down the message into smaller pieces and package them into what are called IP Packets. The size of these packets is usually determined by your Local Area Network. Some have smaller size, so the message will take more IP Packets to transmit; while others may have larger size which needs fewer IP Packets. Each IP Packet also contains an IP Header. This is where the information like the source IP Address, the destination IP Address and additional information about the payload is included. IP Header is usually 20 Bytes (160 Bits) long.

Assuming that this customer uses 100 Byte payload, each IP Packet will now be 120 Bytes long. And that 1MB message will have to be broken down into 10,000 payload pieces. That means to transmit the whole message the channel really needs to transmit about 1,200,000 Bytes or 1.2 MB or 9,600,000 bits. It will take at least 1.2 seconds to transmit all these bytes on this 8 Mbps service assuming that all these IP packets with the payload arrive without any errors and not needing re-transmission. This is called IP Overhead.

Actual Throughput will always be less than line rate of the access service that is communicated by your provider—and this is all based on IP Overhead only. Ethernet services also have a Layer 2 or Ethernet Overhead. Other services may have ATM, Frame Relay or other kinds of Overhead depending on the design. All of this may contribute to a slower bandwidth throughput than what you are expecting.

Other frequent factors influencing throughput:

  • The number of devices sharing the access circuit and the activity the other devices are generating while the test is running
  • A rogue LAN port that is clogging the LAN with transmission
  • A leaky LAN port which degrades LAN performance
  • LAN signaling issues which create a lot of packet re-transmission for the devices on the LAN
  • LAN Router with performance issues, low processing power or Deep Packet Inspection and advanced security features like URL blocking enabled
  • Wireless Access Points on the LAN side
  • Distance (both geographical as well as number of hops) between the speed testing client and the server

Why do I see a license expiration notice?
This notice is in place to protect our test from being stolen and run, mirrored, or framed into another website.

To remove this notice:

Make sure you are going to https://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/. We have software in place to block the test from being used in any other domain.

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Also, you may have an older version of the test cached in your browser. Clearing your cache and Fusion Connect cookies should make the license expiration notice disappear.

How does security software and firewalls impact the test?
Our internet broadband test sends packets of empty data back and forth to your computer in order to test your line speed. Since we are a third-party sending a receiving a tiny data packet from your computer to perform the test, some ad block or security services interpret this as an attack and act accordingly. Temporarily lowering the severity should allow the speed test to work. Be sure to turn it back on before leaving our website.

How do I save my bandwidth test results?
Your most recent speed test results are saved in your Results History when tested on desktop or tablet.

Try to imagine not having an internetconnection in the modern world. Chances are you would have difficultiescommunicating with loved ones, working at your most effective, and even payingyour bills. There is a reason that the UN considers it a human right.

Yet, in many cases having a fastinternet connection is just as important as having an internet connection atall. Video calls are becoming the norm, as is streaming content that requiresmore and more bandwidth. The COVID-19 pandemic only showcased the need further,and more of us are adapting to a digital life than ever before. The world ismoving forward under the assumption of faster internet, and your householdbetter keep up by getting a good service.

Therefore, you need to get theinternet speeds you were promised by your ISP and ensure no interference withyour connection. To help you do this, there are speed tests that can help. Yetwhich one (there are countless) should you use, and what are the best ways touse them? Keep on reading to learn everything you need to know.

Why is a speed test so helpful? Peopleuse them for many reasons. The most common reasons you may want to use one are:

·You want to make sure that youare getting precisely what you paid for from your ISP and that you are notbeing throttled in any way.

·To determine whether yourhousehold needs an upgrade. The average internet speed in an American home was5 Mbps in 2009. In 2018 that number grew to 96.25, and it is onlyexpected to continue growing. Every household will need to change their plan;eventually, it is just a matter of when.

·You wonder whether a device orreceiver works properly or whether you might need a fix or a peripheral.

·You are concerned there is toomuch stress currently on the network with the number of devices.

·You need to check on anadditional metric such as upload speed or ping rate, likely for work or gamingpurposes. This can help prevent you from wasting money on devices you cannotget the most out of.

Naturally, there are other reasons anduses for a speed test, and perhaps you have one in mind already. They all boildown to needing more information about your home (or business) internetsituation and what you will need for the future. Information, as long as it'saccurate and you know how to interpret it, will never steer you wrong.

Speed Test Best Practices

How do you make the most of a speedtest? We recommend the following best practices to ensure an accurate readingand to help you more easily determine the cause of a problem if there is one:

·Try a speed test (ideally thesame speed test) from multiple devices in the same general location. This willhelp determine if a problem is device-specific.

·Test under normal workingconditions and ideal conditions. If there are a few devices that will alwaysuse a bit of bandwidth, do not turn them off for your first test, but do turnthem off for another. You may want to know your speed in both conditions,depending on whether you are concerned about your ISP or just whether you haveenough bandwidth to do something.

·Double-check ahead of time whatyour download and upload speeds should actually be. Make sure there are nomisunderstandings about your plan.

·Perform several tests over theday. Depending on your internet service type, there will be hours where yourinternet is not as fast due to usage elsewhere in your neighborhood. Thisshould be measured and taken into account when making decisions.

What We Look for in a Test

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While we will shortly be talking aboutthe best options, first you should know what is essential in a speed test, withall the key facets listed below:

Accuracy: If a speed test is not as accurate as possible, what is the point inusing it?

Ease-of-Use: A speed test site should never confuse the user. At most, you shouldneed to input a few bits of information and press the start button, perhapswith some options available on the side for specialized use.

Information Provided: While the download speed is probably most important to most users,there are other metrics (particularly upload speed and ping rate) that are importantas well0014the more information, the better, as long as it is presented clearlyand concisely.

Ability to Simulate Real WorldConditions: The way a speed test is conducted canaffect the results. While some tests might be best for a neutral measurement ofthe data, most people use their internet for a few things, such as streamingmovies, video calls, and playing games online. The more a speed test cansimulate these kinds of situations, the better.

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Good Design: A well-designed speed test site should showcase all the informationeasily, be easy to read and understand, and be well-organized. Anythingsuperfluous is a detriment to the test. Complicated designs and setups from asite can potentially interfere with results.

Servers in Multiple Areas: Ideally, you should be using a speed test with servers near yourarea. Otherwise, the results (especially your ping rate) will be affected byyour region. The best speed test sites have servers across the country (or theworld) to allow for the most accurate readings.

Freedom from Bias: Many speed tests are run by ISPs, but can you be certain that thosetests do not have an agenda? Surely they would want to make their own serviceslook good, and others look lacking. While certain ISPs would not engage in thistype of behavior, the question is necessary, and potential biases are noted.

The 7 Best Speed Test Sites

Without further wait, here are our topchoices. Please read each selection to make sure you pick out the best test foryour needs to get the best results.

1. Speedtest.net

Our top choice is Ookla'sSpeedtest.net, which happens to be one of the oldest and most popular speedtests on the market. Despite its age (or more likely in part due to it), wefind that it is the best test for most people and one you should try first.

It has practically everything youcould want in a speed test, with all of the basic information readily availableand a vast list of servers across the country, ensuring an accurate reading nomatter where you are.

Furthermore, if you make an account,you can keep records of your previous tests. This can be particularly helpfulif you want to measure changes, keep different devices in mind, or trackimprovements after changing plans or making changes to your setup. It allowsfor optimization with less effort on your end.

The main downside we found with thesite is the fact that ads appear. While we understand that the site needs tosupport itself, the ads could potentially interfere with the measurements,depending on the nature of the ads and your connection.

2. Speedof.me

If you are looking for a good measureof your connection's consistency, then Speedof.me is a test you should try.They show you not only the final results but also how consistent yourconnection is throughout the test, which is crucial if you are testing forpurposes related to video calls or online gaming.

However, more data can mean that saiddata is a bit harder to interpret. You might need to spend a little more timeanalyzing the results, which is not ideal if you need to do a test right awayor in a hurry.

The test is also different betweenmobile and desktop. The mobile version is a bit more accessible (without evenneeding to use an app), and for that reason, speedof.me can be a great choicefor mobile users of all sorts.

3. TestMy.net

A comprehensive option people lookingfor accuracy (and everyone should be) will love, TestMy.net is a test that runson HTML5 and is independent of any sources of bias. It focuses on functionabove all else, and it functions wonderfully.

It can be a little harder to look atcompared to the other testing sites, and you might have to click through a fewmore pages. Still, they provide some of the most in-depth data available from aspeed test and allow you to compare your results to the averages of your city,your host, and more.

Like some other speed test sites, youcan create an account to track results over time. This, combined with a widearray of data provided, is an excellent combination.

4. Xfinity Speed Test

Simple and easy to use, the XfinitySpeed Test is not flashy by any means, but that is precisely what some people arelooking for. It provides you with the standard information, is reliable, andhas a nice if somewhat cluttered on some devices, design to it.

What is different about Xfinity isthat it provides contextual information about your internet speed, making it ahelpful tool for those who might not know what all the numbers mean. Forexample, the speed test will provide some bullet points on what you can do withyour current download speed and provide a few tips about making sure the testruns as accurately as possible. This makes it one of the most user-friendlytests for those who do not use technology too often.

Xfinity provides this speed test.While we consider that a point of concern, there was no bias we could detect inthe test, you do not need to be a subscriber of any kind to their services, andreadings were accurate compared with other tests. There is no way to savetests, and the screen might feel too cluttered for some, but we are generallyhappy with what it can provide people.

5. Internet Health Test

From what we can determine, this is avariation of Ookla's Speedtest.net. Internet Health test is a great way toquickly get more data than you would from the other 'fast' testingsites available. Yet it is not only fast and simple but a bit more versatilethan the competition as well. You can select your host from a range of places,allowing you to tailor your test. You get to see how stable the connection isover time, letting you know if consistency will be an issue. All of the basicinformation is there.

We did not find some of the datalogging features found in other speed tests, but you can share your results onsocial media (although why would you), and you can email them to yourself forrecord-keeping.

Overall, we recommend this service tothose looking for more information on how their connection would work invarious situations and for those looking for a secondary test to act as a pointof comparison.

6. Speedsmart

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Our next recommendation is Speedsmart,which is easy to use, based on HTML5, and accessible from a wide variety ofdevices. They put great effort into making sure that you get the most accuratereadings possible, allowing for more data to be sent and received to ensurequality results, including ping results for those who need them.

If you need to access records ofprevious tests and none of the other options look acceptable to you, thenSpeedsmart has you covered, no matter what device you are using. You can use anaccount to keep track of everything and let yourself compare the data, whetherfor a network or a location.

There are a few extra bits ofinformation on the testing page, and we would like to see some more servers(although this is not a dealbreaker in their case.) Speedsmart is a strongoption for people obsessed with accuracy.

7. Fast.com

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When you first load Fast.com, all youwill see is a large and simple display of your download speed, easy to readwith no confusion. If that is all you are looking for, then fast.com will allowyou to get the info and get out. After a few seconds, you will also be able todetermine your ping rate and your upload speed in simple terms. There isn'teven a start button; it just goes.

What is interesting about Fast.com isthat the site is owned by Netflix, which utilizes a massive amount of internetbandwidth around the world. They have a vested interest in knowing how muchdata they are using and making sure their customers can use their serviceeffectively. The investment makes sense for them, given the company's historyof dealing with throttled connections.

There are not many additionalsettings, which makes us hesitant to recommend it for general purposes or getthe most specific readings, but content streamers can and should come toFast.com first.

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One last note is that while we didrank these and think some will help more people than others, everyone hasdifferent priorities. Which one of these is best for you will depend on whatyou are looking for. Think about your needs and before settling with one, ortry out several (it will not cost you anything)

What Causes Slow Internet?

To diagnose your slow internet or knowwhether you have the issue in the first place, you will need to know some ofthe causes. While there are longer guides on the subject, if you have acomplicated problem or need to get into the nuts and bolts of the matter, youcan start by looking into the following potential causes:

·Network Interference: Is there anything that might be interfering with the network?Additional abnormal signals? Some radio frequencies can cause problems. If youremove or turn off these devices and your internet speed picks up, you havefound the culprit.

·Inadequate Equipment: How old is your equipment, and is it capable of handling yourinternet plan? While generally not an issue for those renting equipment, it'sstill a problem for many households. Ensure that you check for these issuesboth in terms of your modem/router and any receivers you use. If your routercan transmit gigabit internet speeds, but your USB receiver can only handle 100Mbps, that is a considerable drop-off.

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·Poor Equipment Placement: Alternatively, your equipment might be working just fine; it is justthat it is in a place where the signal cannot be transmitted or receivedeasily. Ensure that devices are close enough to a router (or just connected viaethernet cable) and in a place where they can send signals effectively.

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·Background Programs: Sometimes, you can have many programs or apps running in thebackground, eating up bandwidth without you even knowing it. Depending on yourusage habits, you might be able to turn some off without any difference in youronline life. Check for default apps and programs that might be running in thebackground.

·Too Many Users: Your internet connection can seem slow if there are too many userson the network, or more specifically, too many devices jockeying for bandwidth.If you have many devices going at once, you may want to consider turning someoff, upgrading your plan, or upgrading your equipment.

·Network Outage or Overuse: There might be a storm outside, or a traffic accident could haveinvolved a telephone pole. Depending on your service type, lines may be damagedor downed, which can cause problems (either a complete outage or a slowdown asthe information gets rerouted).

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·ISP Throttling: If your speeds are slower than anticipated and there is no otherobvious answer, your ISP might be throttling your connection. They might dothis in response to a perceived slight, going over your monthly data limit (ifthere is one), or another reason. Check to see why this may happen and if thethrottling is fair.

·Computer Issues or Malware: Malware can also cause slow internet speeds. Make sure that you arepracticing good cybersecurity and perform a scan at regular intervals. Adamaged device might also lead to a poor connection and will likely have othersymptoms as well.

There are other causes, but one of theabove will likely be the culprit if your speed test shows a slower speed thanusual or anticipated. Be sure to check every once in a while, as new issues andcauses for slow internet can come up regularly.

What to Do with the Speed Test Information

Now that you have your findings, youmight have some decisions to make. If you have tested your connection multipletimes and even with a few different tests, and things are not as you wouldlike, you should not hesitate to take one of the following actions:

·If you find that your ISP isnot performing as promised, call them and see if they can explain the problem.While most ISPs have a range where they might dip below their advertised rates,any significant deviations should be noted and not be tolerated, especially ifthere is a solid competitor in your area. However, there might be a temporaryproblem due to damaged equipment, which you can expect to be solved shortly.

·You may want to upgrade yourplan or change providers. This can be costly, so make sure to do your researchahead of time, but you can also likely get a good deal or have your new ISP buyout your old contract. Make sure to read all the fine print.

·You may want to use the testresults as a negotiating chip. If you appearto have done your research, your provider will take your threats to switch moreseriously.

·You may wish to change yourinternet set up in your home, mostly regarding the equipment you use and itsplacement. A wired connection is always better than a wireless one and keepyour router away from devices or places that might cause interference.Alternatively, you may wish to invest in a range extender.

·You can move forward with yourplans that you performed the speed test for in the first place. For example,smart home upgrades can be costly and require constant bandwidth, but they canbe worth it if you can rely on your connection.

Conclusion

Performing an occasional speed test onyour connection is a great way to ensure that you are getting the services youare paying for and can help you figure out the source of any interference. Wehope that one of the above speed test sites can help you learn what you need toand get an accurate reading. Whatever you wind up doing, we wish you the bestof luck and a swift resolution to any problems.