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Learn how to perform tests, understand results, and optimise your connection for a seamless online experience


Test the speed of your broadband. Below explains what is download, upload and ping:

Download Speed Test
The speed at which data downloads from server.

Upload Speed Test
The speed at which data uploads to the server.

Ping Test
The time required to send and receive data.

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An Introduction to broadband speed tests…

A reliable internet connection is essential in today’s digital age. Broadband speed plays a crucial role in your overall online experience, whether you’re browsing websites, streaming videos, or participating in video conferences. Regularly testing your broadband speed can help you identify any issues with your connection, allowing you to take necessary steps to resolve them.


Steps to performing a broadband speed test…

How to Perform a Broadband Speed Test

Performing a broadband speed test is simple and straightforward. Follow these steps to ensure accurate results:

a. Close all applications and browser tabs on your device that may be using the internet.

b. Connect your device to the internet using a wired connection if possible, as Wi-Fi can sometimes result in inconsistent speed test results.

c. Use our tool above, or at

d. Click the “Start” or “Go” button on the speed test site or app to begin the test. 

e. Wait for the test to complete and note down your results.

Remember that various factors, such as network congestion, server location, and time of day, can impact your speed test results. For the most accurate readings, perform multiple tests at different times of the day.


Understanding Your Broadband Speed Test Results...

When interpreting your broadband speed test results, it’s important to understand the following key metrics:

a. Download Speed: This measures the speed at which data is transferred from the internet to your device. Higher download speeds allow for faster loading of websites, smoother video streaming, and quicker downloads.

b. Upload Speed: This measures the speed at which data is transferred from your device to the internet. Higher upload speeds are crucial for video conferencing, uploading files, and online gaming.

c. Latency (Ping): This refers to the time it takes for a data packet to travel from your device to the server and back. Lower latency values result in more responsive internet connections, which is especially important for online gaming and video calls.

d. Jitter: This measures the variation in latency over time. Lower jitter values indicate a more stable internet connection.


Improving your Broadband Speed...

If your broadband speed test results are lower than expected, consider the following tips to improve your connection:

a. Upgrade your modem and router to ensure they are compatible with your internet service plan and support the latest technology standards.

b. Place your router in a central location, free from physical obstructions and interference from other electronic devices.

c. Secure your Wi-Fi network with a strong password to prevent unauthorized access and potential bandwidth theft.

d. Adjust your router settings, such as switching to a less congested Wi-Fi channel or enabling Quality of Service (QoS) features.

e. Regularly update your devices’ software and firmware for optimal performance and security.

In some cases, you may need to contact your internet service provider (ISP) for assistance or consider upgrading your internet plan to achieve faster broadband speeds

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