Speed Tests - How to Interpret Them


You may have heard about Netflix’s new speed test at Fast.com – unlike other speed tests, it’s meant to specifically test your connection to Netflix’s servers.
This is good information to have if you’re trying to troubleshoot a poor Netflix connection. But if you’re trying to determine why your upload speeds are poor, or your VoiP calls are spotty, this test – and many others online – might not be of much help.
Some things to keep in mind if you’re using an online speed test:

  • Many tests, including Ookla’s, take an average of multiple results and display that as your speed. If you’re having dropped VoiP calls, your average speed isn’t nearly as important as how consistent that speed is.

  • If there’s a problem with your home WiFi network, your speed test could look poor when your internet connection is just fine. Make sure to test from a wired connection when possible.

  • Different speed tests use different algorithms for testing. It’s never a bad idea to try and test from a variety of sites.

Learn more here: https://potsandpansbyccg.com/2016/05/26/speed-tests/