How To Test Your Internet Speeds

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Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

Many Internet service providers claim that you're getting top speeds to your homes and offices but how do you really know what Internet speed you are truly experiencing? If they offer and promise you 20mbps download speed and 5mbps upload speed, have you checked to see if that's what you get?

Here's a nifty little site and tool that allows you to check your Internet speed by "pinging" another local computer server and run a download and upload speed test. This is important to know for a couple reasons. You want to get what you're paying for, but you also want the fastest most efficient Internet provider and speeds at the best price.

Download speed is the actual speed at which your browser can return page results and load different websites that have heavy graphics, video, multimedia etc. Upload speeds are needed when adding files to the Internet and are important when uploading data to the cloud or when adding and uploading a video to Youtube. Believe me, these speeds matter.

The ping speed isn't as important, it's just the microseconds measured that it takes to connect to the local computer where you are running the speedtest. On many of the webinars I have taught over the past 8 years, some agents say the audio cuts out or the screens refresh real slow, turns out it's the Internet speed and connectivity that causes these issues.

INSTRUCTIONS: It's Free and Easy - Just visit Speedtest.net and click "Begin Test"

It's always good to know that you're getting what you pay for, Internet speed and access included. However I think it's equally important to maximize these free sites and Internet tools to help you become aware of what you "think you know" vs "what's true and reality." Happy Speedtest to all~

An After-Thought

Maybe I can get Bob Stewart to award 1000 ActiveRain points for the fastest speed posted here in the comments, and 1000 points to the Activerain member with the slowest speed? Why points for the slowest? Can you imagine what that poor member had to go through and how long they had to wait just to post a comment here? I think they'd deserve it! What's your speed?

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Loreena and Michael Yeo
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It's great to know the speed. Most of the time, I dont check it until it feels SLOOOWWW

Oct 12, 2014 12:41 AM #47
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Sybil Campbell
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Brad, thanks for the advice, as usual I learned something new from your blog.

Oct 12, 2014 03:30 AM #48
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test

I'm sure my computer could use a tune up.

 

Oct 12, 2014 04:07 AM #49
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Praful Thakkar
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Brad Andersohn this is pretty informative post for us. Many of us have a concern that the Internet is slow!

In fact I used to get less than 10MBPS from Xfinity whereas I was paying for their 'blast' package - 50MBPS!

Oct 12, 2014 05:44 AM #50
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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I won't bother with a screenshot because my numbers are not winners, but here they are:

13    46.41   5.70

Oct 12, 2014 06:03 AM #51
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Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
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Not speedy, but much better than most.

Oct 12, 2014 09:03 AM #52
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Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
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I wasn't impressed with my results, but looks like I am not alone!

Oct 12, 2014 09:35 AM #53
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Brad: I have used Speedtest on mnay occasions and wonder it the readout is not an average, rather than a 'snapshot' in time. Any idea?

Oct 12, 2014 10:10 AM #54
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David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
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Brad, I was getting speeds twive as fast yesterday afternoon so it seems it changes depending on certain factors.

Oct 12, 2014 11:06 PM #55
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Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
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I like that these show that whatever speed you've signed up for through CenturyLink or Comcast never actually gets up to that speed.  We have a 40mb connection and it hardly gets to 28mb during the tests.  

Oct 13, 2014 04:01 AM #56
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Well.... "I've Seen Fire and I've seen RAIN!" ha~

I think we'll keep this live tioll the end of the week, then I'll send it over to Bob to tally us our winners. 

For those of you with really slow Internet access who might be considering upgrading or switching providers, you can check your local area for the best ISP providers by going to All Connect. http://www.allconnect.com/

Oct 13, 2014 08:55 AM #57
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Brad,

That is a great site for troubleshooting your connection. It’s amazing how long people will continue to suffer with slow speeds before they get around to fixing the issue. Once you realize that you might have a problem here a few things you can try and it’s always interesting to check the speedtest site for a before and after snapshot of your speed.

1.       Reboot – Unplug your modem and your router. Wait 30 seconds, then plug your modem in first and wait for the lights to become stable (roughly 1 minute), then plug in your router and wait a minute before running the speed test again. 

2.       Restart – If you’re simply having a bad day and normally performance is better, try restarting your computer.

3.       Make Room – If you’re using WiFi, make sure you don’t have the router shoved behind a desk or cabinet someplace. Place the router where it can be out in the open for a stronger signal, the closer, the better.

4.       Plug In - That is try plugging a patch cable directly from the router to your computer instead of relying on WiFi. 

5.       Upgrade – How old is your modem and router? If your hardware has been sitting around collecting dust for a while, you might be surprised what the latest technology can offer in terms of speed for a relatively inexpensive investment. 

Oct 13, 2014 10:37 AM #58
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New record here on my desktop using Comcast Xfinity direct from modem.

Oct 14, 2014 06:26 AM #59
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If anyone has large video's they need to upload to Youtube or Vimeo etc....

 

 

 

I say we have an "Upload Party" at Lottie's place!?!  :-)

Oct 14, 2014 06:32 AM #60
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Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
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We have horrible customer service and slow motion speeds, rather pathetic, not sure if we are the worst in the survey but I wouldn't be surprised if we were.

 

I would be grounded If I got a D+ on my report card, unfortunely Time Warner doesn't give a hoot, about their performance. Up until recently they were the only provider and they have taken advantage of that fact, and show their appreciation with deplorable customer service. 

Oct 14, 2014 11:34 AM #61
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Cheryl Ritchie
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I need to check this out! Yes, this is very timely post. Verizon uses a test when you call in, too, about slow speeds.

Oct 15, 2014 02:23 PM #62
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Sandy McAlpine
RE/MAX EXECUTIVE - Cornelius, NC
Search Lake Norman Homes For Sale - Lake Norman NC

I love using speedtest. this is how we figured out that our internet carrier was charging us for higher speeds when they were much slower. We called and complained and they sent a tech out and found out they were overcharging us and we received our money back and a huge discount!

Jan 22, 2015 01:53 AM #63
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Sandy - that's exactly what happened to us with AT&T, but they couldn't fix or help us so we switched to comcast and xfinity. Now my computer waits for me instead of me waiting for pages to load etc. Thanks for checking this out and for sharing your experience. :-)

Jan 22, 2015 02:00 AM #64
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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
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Brad, we have Comcast Xfinity and it's better than most everyone else, but about half of what you posted. Mine was 66.95 Mbps Download and 25.26 Mbps Uplaod with 25 ms Ping. Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

Mar 30, 2015 09:36 AM #65
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Hey Sharon - I also just found out that the a/c wireless routers are the newest and best way to go. My wifi outside the office and down the hallway is almost as good as being connected directly to the cable... here's a speed screenshot.


 This is the new router and I highly suggest it for wireless wifi.  

*Rating and Review Note: It's so fast in fact, it runs a little hot so only use it on surfaces that can handle a little heat. Recommend marble or tile if possible.

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