Are you getting the Internet speed you are paying for?
SpeedWhat.com is the best place to check your Internet connection and to find out.
After running the test, you will get your internet speed result.
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1. How do I check my internet speed?
SpeedWhat has made the process easier than ever. All you have to do is click on the “Begin Test” button at the top of the home page, and our software will do the rest for you. It will locate your server and check it for you. In fact, we’ll check 3 different parts of your internet speed at a single click of a button!
These are the questions the test will answer:
How fast does your internet connection allow you upload
files to the the internet?
How fast does your internet connection allow you to download content and view websites?
How fast does your internet connection respond to actions you want to take? For example, how often do the videos you watch or games you play pause midway?
Heads up - Expect download speed to be faster than the upload speed. The internet’s wired that way because less people actively upload content online than the number of people who read and watch items.
2. How can I make sure I get the most accurate results?
Follow these 3 simple steps and rest assured our software will provide you with the most accurate results:
Restart your computer before checking your internet
Don’t test your internet connection speed while using Wi-Fi, because your results will be affected by additional factors. It’s best to connect to a router.
Run your internet speed test only once all other programs, videos and games are turned off. If you keep some things open, the results might show your internet connection is slow only because the open programs require a lot of computer resources.
3. What is Download speed and Upload speed?
Download: The speed at which your Internet connection downloads data to your PC from the Internet. Upload: The speed at which your Internet connection uploads data from your PC out to the Internet.
4. How fast does my computer need to be for maximum use of websites and apps?
There isn’t one single answer for this. Things could change depending on whether you use a single computer or a network. They also depend on things you do on these sites and apps (for example, do you play a light-weight game or one that requires more computer resources?) and what else you have going on in the background of your computer. That said, we’ve created a general list of speed recommendations by Mbps (megabits per second) that will fit the most common uses of these sites and apps, that we hope can be your guidepost as you check your internet speed with us. Skype For voice calls: 0.1 mbps download / 0.1 mbps upload For video calls: 0.5 mbps download / 0.5 mbps upload For HD video calls: 1.5 mbps download / 1.5 mbps upload Netflix Basic-quality video: 1.5 mbps download High-quality video: 3.0 mbps download YouTube At least 0.5 mbps download Hulu At least 1.0 mbps
5. Why isn’t the test checking my upload speed? The download speed test works just fine!
The most common reason is that your antivirus program is keeping your computer from sending information to other sources to protect your privacy and safety. You can turn the antivirus program off for the moment it takes to run the test, then turn it back on when you’re done. If you’ve turned off your antivirus program and SpeedWhat still can’t check your upload speed, restart your computer. It’s a surprisingly effective solution.
6. How does the speed test work, and how are the results calculated?
The SpeedWhat test and your browser both use HTTP, which is a traffic type. Our program is based on Flash, the component that works directly with your internet server to send and receive information and files.
7. How do you check how long it takes the server to respond?
When we find your internet server, we send it an action call based on HTTP. Then, we check how long it takes your internet server to respond.
8. How do you check how fast I can download?
We set a 10 second limit to ensure the speed test is as fast as possible. During these 10 seconds, we send data files for your computer to download and see how many of them it actually does. That’s how we know how fast it is.
9. How do you check how fast I can upload?
We create a little bit of data and transport it to the internet server to see how long it takes it to send data. The data doesn’t include any of your personal information, it’s only tech data that’s not used anymore after the test is over.
10. What do Mbps and KBps mean?
Internet servers test internet speed by megabits per second, which are also known as Mbps. One megabit contains 1000 kilobits. We measure the internet speed the same way, to make it easier for you to compare our results with your internet provider’s claim. It’s important to compare the same measurement units, and we want to serve you the best way we can. That’s why we offer three additional measurement options: Kilobits Per Second (Kbps) A measurement unit used by many mobile providers until not so long ago. The tiniest data measurement unit is a bit. 1000 bits can fit into one kilobit. Kilobytes Per Second (KBps) Bytes are used to measure computer file sizes, which is why download programs list sizes in bytes. When using initials, use a capitalized B for bytes (KBps) and a regular b for bits (Kbps). Eight bits make up one byte. Similarly, eight kilobits amount to one kilobyte. Megabytes Per Second (MBps) Megabytes are used to measure the vast majority of computer files. One megabyte is the same file size of eight megabits.
11. Why do I get different results when I run the test?
Factors such as network congestion and other downloads in progress can affect the available throughput. The test shows the current throughput you can get on your Internet connection.
12. I thought my broadband connection was faster?
The results of the test can be affected by any network congestion between you and our servers. If you have other downloads in progress this can also affect the results.
13. How do you know how fast my Internet connection is?
We allocate a predefined set of data to be downloaded by your connection. We calculate the speed of your Internet connection by calculating the time it takes to download it.
14. We are showing high upload and download speeds but our VoIP connection for Internet calls is poor. Why?
For most users, the speed and quality of the online experience is determined partially by the speed of the Internet connection. Obviously, the faster the connection, the better the user experience. However, the quality of the user experience with VoIP, and other real-time streaming applications for that matter, are largely dependent on the amount of packet loss. And not the speed of the Internet connection. In fact, a VoIP call doesn't need a really high speed Internet connection at all - a 100kbps connection or less is just fine.