Test Internet Connection Speed For Free
It can be difficult to ascertain exactly how fast our internet speed is, especially when our internet service provider throws around huge promises of lightning fast internet in order to help justify their sky high prices that they charge to their subscribers. Many people have decided to go off on their own and use the Speakeasy internet test to find out their true internet speed. This speed test is completely free and will show you your upload and download time almost instantly. To get started, you will need to go to the Speakeasy home page. You will find their Speed Test prominently displayed on the home page.
The best part about this test is that it's free and unbiased. I assume the results to be accurate, although the exact results and how they are developed is beyond the scope of this article. Â For argument's sake, let's assume that the results of the test are accurate.
How Do I Take The Speakeasy Internet Speed Test?
Once you are on the Speakeasy home page, on the left side of the page you will see a box telling you to choose a location and select a city to begin the test. Your options will include the major US cities, including Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Dallas, TX; Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; New York, NY and Washington, DC. Even if you don't live in one of these metro areas, go ahead and choose the city closest to you by clicking on the city name. I'm sure that the city you choose will have some impact on the analysis that you will receive, but it may be negligible at best.Â
Once you click on the city of your choice, it will give you a message indicating that it is connecting, and then connected. The software will begin testing your download speed first. You can watch the "speedometer" icons while the test takes place. I'm not sure if the little animations are true to the test results, but they are mildly entertaining to watch, if nothing else. After your download speed has been computed, the process will be completed for your upload test.Â
When I took this test, my results were disappointing. My speed test showed me as having a download speed of 0.61 Mbps and an upload speed of 0.23 Mbps. I use Virgin as my Internet Service Provider and I can say that surfing on the internet can be a disappointing experience for me, to say the least. Watching videos on Youtube is nearly impossible, as is streaming music or downloading large pictures online. I do like the inexpensive price of the internet access and the flexibility of using a USB internet device so that my internet can travel with me wherever I go. Do the pros outweigh the cons of slow internet service? For me, yes. I mostly use my computer to write and complete editing jobs online, and a little bit of research. My work is not graphic intensive and doesn't really require high speed internet.Â