Are you having issues with loading web pages or downloading the movies? Do you want to ensure that the Internet speed you are paying for to your provider is indeed is in the range of the proposed service plan? Perform the test. It takes just couple of minutes to do so.
Measuring download and upload speed does not require any software to be installed in your PC. It is simply a matter of transferring a small, non-executable data file from the test server to your PC, and then moving the file back to the server from your PC. That is all that is needed to be done.
Ping measures how fast you get a response back from the test server. The lower the number is the better. If you play online multiplayer games, you will want less than 100 milliseconds. As for uploading and downloading, measurements are given in bits per second. Higher numbers are better. Download speeds will typically be much faster than upload speeds.
You can compare these numbers against the speeds that your Internet service provider promises you. Be sure to run multiple tests over several days at different times. This will give you on overall picture of your connection speed. You also might find specific periods that it is slow.
Before you test your speed, close any other browser tabs. Also, stop any downloads you may have in progress.
Here are the sites you can use:
1. Your provider site (in my case, it is Comcast).
Ookla Speedtest service is probably the most popular among competitors, having Over 5 million tests per day and covering more than 2,500 servers worldwide. Actually, Comcast using Ookla service as well.