Posted on: November 30, 2022
When you’re gaming, streaming films or video calling loved ones online, a speedy broadband connection is essential.
A slow internet speed can lead to downloads taking forever, frustration when playing your favourite games and jumpy video calls.
Don’t bang your head on your keyboard just yet. A speed test will let you know how fast your internet connection is and if your broadband provider could be doing more.
Speed tests measure your broadband connection’s current speed and how quickly your connection can upload and download information.
A speed test measures the following:
A speed test can be a good way of diagnosing any issues with your internet speed.
If you’ve been experiencing issues downloading files or got to the point where you can’t use Zoom anymore, a speed test should be your first port of call.
That way, you can see if any faults lie with your devices or your broadband connection.
You can run a speed test on any device with access to a browser. This means you can check the broadband speed of laptops, desktop computers, mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs and even gaming consoles.
Here are our top tips for making sure your speed test is as precise as can be.
The honest answer is that it depends on what you want to use your broadband for. If you use your broadband for gaming, streaming or video calls, you’re likely to need a faster connection than someone who occasionally checks their email and social media accounts.
The best thing is to look at the speeds your broadband provider promised when you signed up and see how your current rate compares. Broadband providers can only advertise download speeds available to at least 50% of their customer base at peak times.
Many broadband providers have signed up to Ofcom’s voluntary code of practice for broadband speeds.
When you sign up for a broadband contract, your provider must give you a minimum guaranteed speed. If your speed falls below this, your provider must improve it. If they can’t do this within a month, you are entitled to receive compensation.
We have a speed test on our website that you can use to see your current speed.
There are no forms to fill in, no painfully slow ads to view and best of all, it only takes ten seconds. Just click the button, and we’ll do the rest!
Our full fibre broadband can give you an incredible 1000mbps per second, up to 20% faster than the UK average. That means no matter what you’re doing; our ultra-fast broadband will always be able to keep up.
Visit our internet speed test checker today and see what you could be missing out on.