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INTERNET SPEED AND ME

INTERNET SPEED AND ME
We complain about our internet speed but do we know what is at play?
TESTING YOUR INTERNET
Try any of these publicly available websites/apps:

  1. Speedtest (Flash) : http://www.speedtest.net
  2. SpeedOf.Me (HTML 5) : http://speedof.me
  3. PCMag : http://pcmag.speedtestcustom.com/

Or use the one from your Internet Service Provider’s websites.

UNDERSTANDING THE TEST
  • Download Speed: Measures how fast data from world-wide web is transferred to your device. Higher is better.
  • Upload Speed: Measures how fast data from your device is transferred to the world-wide web. Higher is better.
  • Ping (Latency): Measures how long it takes for the internet to respond to your device. Lower is better.
WHAT AFFECTS SPEED
  1. Your device and/or application/web-browser – The CPU, memory available, applications opened, cache, etc
  2. The connection between your device and the internet – There might be some interference with the WiFi or the cable might not be properly connected or damaged
  3. Adware/Spyware or Malware – There might be gremlins eating up your internet bandwidth/ speed
  4. The router – Old equipment/firmware are usually slower at handling fast internet speeds or someone is piggybacking on your WiFi or internet connection
  5. The host server – That website you are trying to access might be facing some bandwidth issues of their own and slowing everything down to a crawl.
COMPARING YOUR CONNECTION
Compare your internet speed with other users using these websites/apps:

  1. Sensorly – http://www.sensorly.com
  2. Open Signal App – http://www.opensignal.com
  3. My Mobile Coverage – http://www.mymobilecoverage.com
IMPROVING YOUR CONNECTION
Want to go faster? Try these:

  1. Reboot your device/router
  2. Scan your device for adware/spyware/malware
  3. Update firmware and/or Operating System
  4. Change your router password
  5. Call a specialist technician

If all else fails, switch off all devices and spend some quality undivided time with your loved ones. That usually works wonders.

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