Easy Desktop Speed Tests
Running a speedtest on your home or work networks helps you to understand the health of your internet experience on your devices.
Light internet use is associated web search, email, basic video for 1-2 users.
Moderate internet use is associated with >2 users on the network, high-demand video streaming, multiplayer video conferencing, online camming, and telecommuting.
High internet use is basic functions plus more than one high-demand application running at the same time.
How Many Users?
Cross tabbing the number of users and how they use the internet helps you to determine a foundational ‘download’ speed benchmark.
Most internet speed tests provide download, upload, jitter, latency, ping speeds.
Focus mostly on your download speed service needs; however other data fields refine the internet experience.
- Basic Service = 3 to 8 Mbps
- Medium Service = 12 to 25 Mbps
- Advanced Service = More than 25 Mbps
Speed Test Apps
Take speed tests during different times of the day and you will start to see ranges of service that will correlate to your online-broadband experiences.
Desktop Speed Test Apps
- Speedtest.net – https://www.speedtest.net/
- FAST – https://fast.com/ (Powered by Netflix)
- Speed Test by Cloud Flare – https://speed.cloudflare.com/
Fiber to the home or business will always provide the best internet experience. Low-earth orbit satellite, cable, cellular, and wired connections will provide the next-best broadband experiences; depending on the proximity to the providers. Know you internet speed and understand what you are paying for; as America does not have a lot of competition to optimize your internet experiences.
Our broadband project team is advocating for future-proof broadband for all Western North Carolina residents.
How fast is your internet connection? Here’s an easy way to find out. CNET. Published July 12, 2021. Accessed July 20, 2021. https://www.cnet.com/home/internet/how-fast-is-your-internet-connection-heres-an-easy-way-to-find-out/