A network speed test will measure your current broadband parameters. The test will measure the download speed, upload speed, and latency, also referred to as ping. These parameters will be assessed after a series of tests. The speed test will start by sending a file. The server will then calculate the time needed to download the file on your device. Then, the speed test server will upload the file. The whole turnaround time will be measured and presented to you in the form of download speed, upload speed, and ping.
- Download speed is the time required for your device to download the data from the server. The final result will be expressed in Mbps or megabits per second. Typically, internet service providers will give you faster download than upload.
- The upload speed is the time required to direct the data to the server, measured in Mbps. It is the reverse process of download speed, where the server retrieved data. Your uploading speed will determine the time needed to send emails, upload photos to social media, and video chats’ quality. If you want to complete these activities without obstructions, you need a reliable and responsive upload speed.
- Ping displays the reaction time for your connection to be established, expressed in milliseconds. It measures the time needed to receive a response after sending out an initial request. Fewer milliseconds means that your connection is more responsive.
To speed up your connection, you can add a range extender, change your router position, or reset the router to refresh the connection.