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If you have ever experienced slow internet speeds, you know how frustrating it can be. As households behavior changes with more and more connected devices that demand more data, internet speed can change pretty dramatically at different times of day. Internet speeds are measured in Megabits Per Second (Mbps), for most people a connection speed over 50 Mbps would be considered to be really fast.
Before starting a speed test it is best to make sure that there are no other internet activities using your connection that might be downloading data, like app updates, streaming or online games. Click on the start test button and wait while the test runs. You will get an upload and download number in Mbps.
The speed is measured by measuring how long it takes for you computer to download a small amount of data from a server and send it back. The result is how fast it can download and upload the data. Speed test should always just be used as a guide as there are a number of things that can impact a speed test, including:
The main point is that speed tests should only be used as a guide and to get a more accurate picture you need to be testing a regular intervals using a consistent set up to get understand the average performance.
Currently the best speed for a fixed line connection is NBN 100Mbps. The starting point for high speed NBN plans is about $59.99 per month for unlimited data. You can check out the best high speed plans from some of the most popular providers or you can compare all plans and providers using our search tool.
In the past when most people had access to ADSL the speed of your internet connection was somewhat simpler, basically you get what you get. With the introduction of the NBN and an continuous improvements in mobile network speed plays a much bigger role in what you choose. It is really important to distinguish between advertised speeds and actual speeds. Internet service providers will advertise an up to speed for a plan, this is basically the maximum possible speed that you could get for the connection type, but given all of the factors that can affect the speed at your home it is rarely the speed that you will actually get. To help explain the differences we are using the advertised or maximum speeds for each type of connection.
Once you have run multiple tests and you have determined that your speed is slow, your best course of action is to talk to your internet provider. They deal with these kind of issues every day and should be able to give you some options if any. There are some things that you can do yourself to try to improve that situation that are outlined in some of the articles included in the Learn more section.