Internet has become an essential part of our daily lives now without which you just cannot perform various daily tasks. Almost everything from watching online movies to paying household bills has been shifted on the internet. Without having a fast speed internet connection, you cannot perform multiple tasks simultaneously at the same time.
In order to know that how fast you are browsing on the internet, you need to test internet speed. There are multiple ways through which you can measure the speed of your internet. Measuring connection speed is also important to know whether or not you are paying for the right bandwidth package. If your connection is slower than what you are paying for, you can ask your ISP to check for any speed issues. The ISP will probably send a technical person who will perform troubleshooting operation in order to find a problem in your line or modem. After checking and removing the bug, you will be asked to check the speed again.
There are various tools available through which one can find the true speed of his internet connection. Certain tests – like ping, latency, and DNS – are available that can be used to check internet connection speed. Similarly, you have some really good smartphone apps that can perform this task for you. You can consider three most likely scenarios you can find yourself in due to which you may need to check your internet speed.
Case I: When You Are Sure Your Connection is Slow
You are trying to load some funny video on YouTube and it is loading like forever. You are also sure that the package you are using should play this video without wasting much time. Since this is not the case and your connection is taking longer than expected, you should check whether there is any bug in your connection.
- Go to your ISP’S official website and locate their speed test page.
- Close any other apps and programs that might be consuming internet speed. Also, switch off other devices running on the same connection like other mobiles and tablets.
- Follow the instructions mentioned on the page to test speed.
- Repeat the test for three or four times until you are sure about the exact speed.
- Take a screenshot of the page and show it to your Internet Service Provider if you think your connection is slower than what you are paying for.
Case II: You Want to Test Your Internet Speed Just to Share with Friends
You are not having any problem with your internet but is just curious about the speed you are getting at this time. For this purpose, you can choose any good rated app or software available on the internet.
- Go to the home page of the app and software you are using for this purpose.
- Follow the instructions mentioned on the page.
- Repeat the test for at least three times.
- Share the speed with your friends via the social media icons located on the page.
This method is also good for keeping a record of your connection speed. You should perform this test periodically to know what your internet connection speed was at any particular time of the month.
Case III: You Want to Know Speed Against a Specific Service
Suppose you are planning to watch a movie on a streaming service like Netflix and HBO Go. Since you will have to pay for what you choose to watch, you are curious to know if your internet connection is powerful enough to play the high-resolution movie without interruption. Since there are so many streaming services available, it is impossible to provide a single solution that would work for all. For this, you will have to check every popular streaming service individually. Here are streaming instructions for some popular streaming services.
Netflix: Before paying Netflix for any movie you are interested in watching, you should visit their Internet Connection Speed Recommendations page. This page suggests that you should have a connection of 5 Mbps for watching full HD (1080p) movie and connection of 25 Mbps for watching a movie in 4K (2160p).
Apple TV: Any issue regarding internet speed can be addressed by visiting Apple Performance Troubleshooting Page via their help page. Apple recommends a connection of 8 Mbps for 1080p content and minimum of 2.5 Mbps for standard definition stuff.
Hulu: Hulu’s troubleshooting services are remarkable as compared to other streaming sites since they offer the solution to most of your slow streaming problems. However, they recommend having a connection of 3 Mbps for HD streaming and 1.5 Mbps for Standard Definition.
Amazon Instant Video: Go to Amazon’s Video Issue page for finding a solution for slow streaming. Amazon’s recommended connection speed is 3.5 Mbps for HD streaming and 900 Kbps for Standard Definition.
HBO GO: For any streaming problems, you can visit their HBO GO Device Troubleshooting Page where you can find any help regarding your streaming issues. They recommend getting your connection checked by a 3rd party speed test service. However, they recommend a connection of at least 3 Mbps for a non-stop HD streaming.