How to check the speed of your internet connection? How to analyze and interpret the results? In this article, we describe how to properly check the connection speed and how to break the correct measurement.
In many cases, you may need to check the speed of your Internet connection. For example, when you see that the pages are opening slower than usual, connection problems arise, and you simply want to check that the provider is complying with the contract and providing the promised bandwidth. Testing speed is not a complicated task that requires special knowledge. This can be done in two ways – online or with the help of an appropriate program.
Checking the connection speed using the website
There are many sites on the Internet that allow you to take such a test. Recently you can also find a tool to check the speed of your Internet connection on benchmark.pl.
To start the test, which lasts a few tens of seconds after entering the site, simply press the “GO” button, where first the speed of downloading data through the link, and then check the speed of their download.
The results of both measurements are given in Mb / s, along with the amount of ping in milliseconds. The test is performed using a standard Speed Test server, you can choose another one – under the “GO” button on the home page there is a list of servers that allow you to manually select one of several dozen available servers – they are available in both Poland and the world. are located in other countries.
Many internet providers allow you to check your internet speed on their websites. Such a solution is offered by Orange, among others. The test procedure is the same as on our SpeedTest website, but there is no server option. The test results are the exact loading and loading speed and the amount of delay.
Internet speed check using the program
In the case of a Wi-Fi connection, you can use special programs to check the data transfer speed and other parameters. The free Wifi Info View program scans your wireless network and provides network name, signal quality (expressed in numbers from 0 to 100), RSSI and frequency, maximum speed, router model and name, security type, and more. provides information such as. This application will allow you to check Wi-Fi speeds at home and at work.
Another useful and free program of this type is NetMeter. This allows you to continuously monitor the speed of downloading and uploading data over the local network. It also uses statistics that allow you to check how much data has been sent and uploaded over a period of time. According to a large number of statistics, this tool can be used by advanced users for in-depth analysis of network traffic.
How to analyze and interpret the results?
How to interpret the results after receiving them? Does the fact that the download speed is lower than promised by the provider mean that we are deceived? Not necessarily. Background programs can affect measurement results. This is especially true of Windows 10, which conducts telemetry and sends data to Microsoft servers, synchronizes our computer data with the OneDrive cloud, or performs system updates downloaded in the background.
Also, antivirus software and internet security programs with firewall keep in constant online contact with their virus signature database. They can also be messengers, p2p programs (torrents) and other services connected to the network on our computer (for example, DropBox, Steam platform).
If we want to be sure of the results of the measurement, it is better to turn off everything except the antivirus program – it is used every day, so it should be included. Only then can the test be performed – preferably two / three times.
However, if the connection speed turns out to be much lower than it should be (for example, 3 Mb / s download instead of 10 Mb / s), this may indicate several things: for example, a problem with the router or even the connection itself, in the background (viruses) including) blocking data transmission by services and, in the case of Wi-Fi networks, someone who uses bandwidth (more or less consciously).
The point is that before blaming our service provider and complaining about the speed of the transition, it is worth excluding as many reasons as possible from our side.