How fast is your internet speed? You can find out right here through our internet speed test tool.
Click the graphic below to begin an internet speed test.
*Note* This tool works best when testing speed on a desktop or laptop computer.
Using This Tool
This internet speed test can be used to test your LAN or Wifi. By testing your wifi, this tool can help you determine where to place your router for ideal speed.
Your internet speed may vary slightly between tests due to different levels of network congestion as well as the web browser you use. To get an accurate measurement of your internet speed, it is recommended that you run the test at 2 or three different times of day and compare.
What’s the Difference Between Download Speed and Upload Speed?
Download speed is the rate at which you are able to pull data from your server to your device, over the internet. Most people use the internet for downloading much more than they use it for uploading. If you are seeking something that is already online, you would be downloading.
Upload speed is just the opposite of downloading. When you upload over the internet, you are sending data out. Some examples of uploading would be attaching files to emails, putting a video onto Youtube or social media, or having an online video conference.
What is Ping?
Another measure of internet speed you can get through Beehive’s online tool is ping.
Ping refers to how fast you are able to receive a response to a signal. For example, when playing an online video game or browsing YouTube, you are making requests or commands through your device for data to be accessed or shared. If you have a low ping number, this means you have a short response time and a fast connection. A higher ping number means it takes longer for those reactions to occur, which can result in “lag” with your internet activities. Nobody likes lag!
What is Jitter?
After you run the internet speed testing tool, you’ll also receive a measurement for something called “jitter”.
Jitter is related to ping. Your rate of ping does not stay the exact same constantly. It fluctuates depending on how much bandwidth you are trying to handle. Jitter is the measurement of how consistent those fluctuations in response time are with your internet connection.
A low jitter score means that your response times are relatively stable, which is ideal. A high jitter score means there is a large variation in response time, and your internet is under-performing with the demands being put on it.
What internet speed do I need?
The ideal internet speed for you depends on a number of factors, such as the type of programs for which you are using internet, the number of devices you have connected to your internet, and also the size of downloads you need to make. Check out our breakdown on what speed you would need for your particular situation. You can also check out Beehive’s tips for helping your WiFi perform more efficiently.