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The Broadband Speed Test sends and receives bursts of random data for 30 seconds. It calculates the upload and download speeds of your connection, by measuring how many "bits" of data were transferred during that 30 second period of time.
Your computer settings may be slowing you down. Depending on which Internet service you have, select one of the optimizer tool links in Related Links section, to reconfigure your settings and maximize your speeds
Note: If you have a laptop, run the optimizer in both wired (Ethernet cable plugged into the router) and wireless modes.
The speed of your Internet service will be based on network or Internet congestion, your computer configuration, Wi-Fi adapters, your use of Video On Demand service, and the wiring inside your location. Speed and uninterrupted use of the service are not guaranteed. The Speed Test may not perform optimally when using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to access a secure network for work.
Download Speed: The speed of the connection when downloading from the Internet to your computer.
Upload Speed: The speed of the connection when uploading data from your computer to another computer somewhere on the Internet.
Latency: A synonym for delay is an expression of how much time it takes for a packet of data to get from one designated point to another. In the Measuring Broadband America study, latency was measured by sending a packet that is returned to the sender and the round-trip time is considered the latency.
You are restricted to 30 speed tests in a twenty-four hour period. If you receive a message that you have exceeded the 30-test allotment, you will be able to resume taking a speed test at 12:01 am ET.
Step 1: Run the Speed Test…To get the most accurate Speed Test results: