How to Test Internet Speed
Did you know that there is a way to check up on your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and make sure they are truly giving you your Internet speed that you are paying for? If you ever feel like your internet speed is real slow or lagging, you might want to run a speed test to see how much bandwidth is available to you at the current time. There are several different websites offering a speed test. Note: One thing to remember, you should never pay for a speed test. Some websites will make you pay for this service. There are plenty of websites that offer this service FREE to the public. Below, I will list a couple of the websites that you can visit to test your ISP’s speed.
Lately, we found Speedtest.net has stood out the best and has been the most accurate internet speed test of all. Speedtest.net has a large list of global test locations available, this makes for more accurate test results.
As well as having a large global list of test locations, this website will search for the nearest server automatically based on your IP Address for even more accurate test results.
Speedtest.net also have apps for both iOS (iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc.) and Android platforms. This allows you to be able to test your phones or any another other device’s internet speed.
Over the years we have used speakeasy.net to be our top speed tester and have never been disappointed. We just recently switched from using speakeasy.net to using Speedtest.net not because of any flaws in their operation but because we feel peedtest.net was more user friendly. As far as accuracies both are equal and of great quality. The only downside we have seen that Speakeasy.net has is that it does not automatically search for your closet server, you have to manually choose the area where you are closest to. Which is not a bad thing for more advanced users but for beginners it can be quite confusing.
Note: Like Speedtest.net, Speakeasy.net uses Ookla as their servers.