Alot of people will most definitely know this, however I have had a few of incidents where people do not know how to test their internet speed.
1)Stop all downloads/things that may impede connection
2)Go to http://www.speedtest.net/
3)Click on appropriate server and wait for results
- What this does is download an 'empty' file on an open server with nothing to block your speed. Effectively, this is the fastest speed you will receive when downloading a file.
- UPLOAD is the speed for Uploading files
- DOWNLOAD is the speed for Downloading files
The speed in the picture is ridiculously fast (for New Zealand at least) but anywhere above 3Mb/s is generally considered Okay
*Note: When downloading files, you are being shown a transfer rate, rather than a download rate. Because 1 byte = 8 bit then you need to divide your speeds from SpeedTest by 8 in order to get the transfer rate.
As a rule a speed of 5Mb/s from speed test, should in theory give you a transfer rate of 625 kb/s when downloading a file. This will depend on time of day, where the server is located, traffic etc etc... at least as far as my understanding extends this is right? Anyone care to help?