How to Check Your Broadband Speed
Friday, 13th November 2020
There are a number of reasons why you might want to check your broadband speed…
Maybe you’re having trouble with the connection? Maybe you’re getting frustrated with the constant buffering on Netflix? Or maybe you’re just curious to see what speeds are being delivered to your home?
Whatever the reason, we’ll help you check your broadband speeds and evaluate the service you're receiving from your current internet provider.
Are you getting slower speeds than advertised?
Most people don’t actually get the internet speed advertised by an internet provider… did you know that?
The number (Mbps) you see on a broadband deal is just the average speed that's delivered to customers at least 50% of the time during peak hours (between 8pm and 10pm).
This means you could only be getting the advertised speeds for 1 hour a day and receiving speeds a lot slower than that for the rest of the day. Shocking, right?
Some providers do state a ‘guaranteed minimum speed’ within the small print – which your broadband shouldn’t ever drop below.
How can I check my internet speed?
There’s a free online tool you can use to check your internet speed – simply click the button below to get started.
It can measure most types of broadband, including standard or ADSL and both types of fibre broadband (FTTC and FTTP).
The software works by timing how long it takes for your computer to send and receive a piece of data from a local server – giving you an accurate calculation of your current download and upload speed.
Please note, your results may be affected if you have other devices connected to the internet at the time of the test.
Should I upgrade to a faster broadband package?
If your internet speed was much slower than you were expecting, you can always discuss your concerns with your current internet provider and see what they recommend.
Or... you could skip all the hassle and switch to a new provider and a better internet service. You may even save some cash in doing so!
Here at Switchly, we offer a great selection of unlimited broadband deals with prices starting from £19.99pm and average speeds of up to 63Mb. Plus, all our packages come with a free router and line rental included, as well as no activation charges.
Want to have a look? Click here to find a better broadband deal.