Basic Speed Test Tips and Facts

1. A valid speed test can only be derived by connecting your device (laptop or PC) directly to your router with an ethernet cable.

2. Speed tests from any wireless device or over a wireless connection are only as good as the wireless signal within your residence/office. Wireless routers, access points, and extender’s signals can degrade throughout the distance or type of structure of the home or office (metal buildings, concrete walls, mirrored walls will all degrade a wireless signal compared to a hard-wired true speed test).

3. If you are experiencing slow speeds, do not test from a smartphone, tablet, gaming system, or any device connecting over your home/office wireless network. Also, any speed tests from gaming systems that are older releases and are no longer supported by the manufacturer will not provide a valid speed test. Also, the average latency of a WiFi network is far more than a wired network. Generally, a wired network is less than 1 ms, while a WiFi network is 1–3ms, which is 10–100 times that of a wired network. Why? Because the WiFi network needs to go through the operation of encryption and decryption which takes a lot of time.

4. Do not speed test while connected to your employer’s VPN. The service provider does not control any of the security or other rules in place for this secure tunnel between you and your employer or wherever you have a VPN connection.

5. Be sure no other devices are downloading or running any applications in the background (iOS updates, MS updates, live security cameras, etc.) Programs running in the background like automatic updates and Google Drive synchronization can cause degraded speed results. Speed tests that are running while using your internet connection will only show you the remaining bandwidth available. For example, if you have a 5 Mbps plan and you are using 4 Mbps, your speed test results should be around 1 Mbps. Be sure no other devices are downloading or running any applications in the background (iOS updates, MS updates, live security cameras, etc.) Programs running in the background like automatic updates and Google Drive synchronization can cause degraded speed results. Speed tests that are running while using your internet connection will only show you the remaining bandwidth available. For example, if you have a 5 Mbps plan and you are using 4 Mbps, your speed test results should be around 1 Mbps.

* Information courtesy of Nextlink.