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Internet Speed Test

What Is Internet Speed Test?

An internet speed test is the process of analyzing broadband connection parameters by sending a small file from the server and measuring the time it takes to download and then upload the file back to the server. Along the way, parameters like jitter and packet loss can also be calculated. Some speed test hosts also measure ping, which is the time for a message to make a round trip from the sender to its destination and back, by sending an Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) echo request packet to the host.

The best speed tests have multiple host servers across the globe, which allow a user to test internet speed to different locations. It is best to test speed with a server that is near the server of the website or web application in use; otherwise, the reported speed does not reflect the user’s actual working speed.

What Is Ping?

The ping is the reaction time of your connection–how fast you get a response after you’ve sent out a request. A fast ping means a more responsive connection, especially in applications where timing is everything (like video games). Ping is measured in milliseconds (ms).

What Is Download Speed?

The download speed is how fast you can pull data from the server to you. Most connections are designed to download much faster than they upload, since the majority of online activity, like loading web pages or streaming videos, consists of downloads. Download speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps).

What Is Upload Speed?

The upload speed is how fast you send data from you to others. Uploading is necessary for sending big files via email, or in using video-chat to talk to someone else online (since you have to send your video feed to them). Upload speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps).