Broadband Internet Speed test

Click on the “Go” button on the Ookla Speed Checker below to start the internet broadband speed test.

An explanation of the speedtest results and guidance of what internet speed you need can be found at the bottom of this page.

For a more accurate reading, run the Speedtest twice

What’s the Minimum Broadband Speed I need?

How do you use your Internet Connection?3Mb4Mb10Mb25Mb30+ Mb
Very casual use, email and general web browsing

Minimum 3Mbps Required

Web Surfing, Email, Online Shopping, Social Media, Music Streaming, Standard Definition (SD) Video streamingMinimum 4Mbps Required
High Definition (HD) Video Streaming, Video Clips, Skype, FaceTime, Online Gaming
Minimum 10Mbps Required
Multiple Heavy Users, Smart Home, Recording & Surveillance devices, Ultra High Definition (UHD) Video Streaming, Netflix, Gaming, etc
Minimum 25Mbps Required
Multi Heavy users performing all the above plus frequently downloading large files and an Avid online gamer30+ Mbps Minimum required


How to improve speed test accuracy

Ensure that you do not have any downloads or uploading taking place whilst you run the test. The less applications you have running on your PC or phone the better. For an even more refined test, connect to your broadband router using a ethernet cable. That way you will rule out any Wifi issues or interference and it will be an even more accurate reading.

What is the Ping result?

The ping response tells you how fast you get a response back from a web server. Ping is measured in milliseconds (ms). This is your connection’s reaction time. The lower the number the better the connection. Anything around 6ms is good.

What is Jitter?

Jitter is a delay during the transfer of data. This is the delay between when a signal is transmitted and when it is recived. It can be caused by a number of factors such as network congestion, signal interference and collisions. Jitter is measured in milliseconds. All internet connections experience a level of jitter and is most visible and problematic for real-time applications such as online gaming, streaming and voice communications (e.g Skype). For optimal performance, Jitter must not be over 15 milliseconds maximum or else there will be an impact on performance.

What is the download speed?

Download speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps). This is a measure of how quick your broadband connection pulls data from online internet servers such as displaying webpages, watching videos and downloading files. Your internet download speed result will be higher than upload speed because the majority of internet activity consists more of downloading than uploading (e.g. web servers sending the content of webpages to your computer screen). The data is downloaded so that it can be displayed on your internet browser. Difference between download & Upload speed.

What is the Upload speed?

The upload speed is how quick your internet broadband connection sends data up to web servers. When you click a link on a webpage your computer ‘uploads’ a small data signal (also know as a packet) to the website telling it that you have clicked on a link. The webpage then reacts by displaying the page content of the link you clicked. Displaying the content of the webpage uses your ‘download’ bandwidth to send the data (i.e text,image,videos, etc) of the new page to your screen hence why download bandwidth is (should) always be higher that upload. Other examples of uploading are: sending files, emails, video chat or messaging.

Difference between Upload and Download speed.
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