Why should you check your broadband speed?
Checking your broadband speed is quick and easy to do. Here’s why it’s important to find out how quick your access to the internet is:
- You might not have access to the advertised speed you signed up for
- You can compare how your speed compares to neighbours and friends
- You could you get a better broadband deal for your area.
What is a broadband speed test?
A Broadband Speed Test is free to run and helps you analyse your broadband speed quickly and easily. A speed test takes around 20 seconds to complete. You can run them from most modern web browsers and devices, including computers, tablets, phones and game consoles. Broadband speed checks will measure your speed on a range of fixed-line broadband connection types, including ADSL broadband, cable and fibre-optic broadband. They can also be run on 3G & 4G mobile broadband connections.
What do my results mean?
|Broadband Download Speed||Typical Use|
|0.5 Mbps (Mega bits per second)||If speeds are consistent, this should be sufficient for audio streaming, email and very basic web browsing.|
|1 Meg (Mbps)||Basic video streaming should work and standard web pages.|
|2 Meg (Mbps)||Standard definition (SD) video from BBC iPlayer should be possible.|
|5 Meg (Mbps)||Should allow High Definition (HD - 1080p) video streaming to run smoothly.|
|8 Meg (Mbps)||Should be able to support video streaming and other activities at the same time without buffering.|
|15 Meg (Mbps)||Connection will support a few video streams and other activity at the same time.|
|25 Meg (Mbps)||Should be able to stream pre-recorded Ultra HD video (UHD - 4k) smoothly.|
|40 Meg (Mbps)||
Should be able to stream live Ultra HD video (UHD - 4k) smoothly.
|Broadband Upload Speed||Typical Use|
|0.1 Mbps (Mega bits per second)||Adequate to send simple text emails.|
|0.4 Meg (Mbps)||Online gaming should be possible, remember gaming is very latency sensitive.|
|0.8 Meg (Mbps)||Webcam video streams over Skype etc should be reasonable quality|
|2 Meg (Mbps)||HD Webcam streaming may be possible.|
|10 Meg (Mbps)||Uploading 200MB of holiday video to the cloud will take around 4 to 5 minutes.|
If you find your broadband performance is very different from the advertised speed you may want to contact your supplier's customer care team to make sure there isn't a connection or service issue.