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Network Speed Tests

Mark Dalton - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What are they and what do the numbers mean?

We've all sat in front of a computer pulling our hair out, waiting for a web page or YouTube video to load. 

Well it could simply be a case of not getting what you are paying for from your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

This is where Network Speed Tests come in. A network speed test allows you to measure various elements of the internet connection provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

One of the most popular network speed test tools is SpeedTest.Net.


Simply click Begin Test and your network speed test will run. When its finished it will display the results.

Let's take a look at what these numbers mean.

PING - The network speed test will send a series of small packets from your computer to its server and will measure how long these packets take to make the round trip. The higher this value (Measured in Milliseconds) the longer the round trip takes. The longer it takes, the slower your connection will be.

Download Speed - The download speed is the amount of Data that can be downloaded from a remote computer (Website) to your computer. Measured in Mega bits per second (Mbps). The higher this number, the better your internet connection and the faster your websites will load.

Upload Speed - The upload speed is the amount of Data your computer can send to a remote computer (website). Measured in Mega bits per second (Mbps). The higher this number, the better your internet connection and the quicker you can upload data. This is particularly important when transferring files, sending large emails or using services such as Skype.

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