How to Test Your WiFi Speed

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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How to Test Your WiFi Speed
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The speed of a Wi-Fi connection depends on many things outside of the user's control, such as the amount of online traffic, whether a hub directing online traffic is overtaxed or functioning erratically, or the location of the Wi-Fi transmitter versus the Wi-Fi receiver. Online tools help you test the speed of your Wi-Fi connection. There is no charge for using these services, and the results can be viewed immediately after testing.

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Things you need

  • Wireless home network

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  1. 1

    Go to a free speed-test website such as Speednet or My Speed Test. Click on the "Start" or "Go" button on the web page. Wait as a file is downloaded from the website to the device receiving the Wi-Fi signal. Note the speed of the download that is listed in the "Download" or "Speed" column on the web page. Repeat this procedure two more times. Average the results of the three tests to determine the speed of your Wi-Fi connection.

  2. 2

    Go to an online speed test program such as the Wi-Fi Speed Meter program. Click on the "Start" or "Measure Speed" button on the web page. Wait as a progress bar on the page fills in from left to right. Click on the "Email results" button. Enter your e-mail address in the "Email" text field of the pop-up window. Click the "Email now" button on the window to send the results to your e-mail address.

  3. 3

    Go to a college public speed-test website, for example the University of Michigan (MSU) speed test website. Select whether you have a "DSL" or "Cable" connection in the "Connection" drop-down menu. Select "1 meg" from the "File Size" drop down menu. Click the "Start" or "Go" button. Wait for the counter to go from "0" to "100." Repeat the test two more times. Average the results of the test.

Tips and warnings

  • Moving the Wi-Fi transmitter or the Wi-Fi receiver relative to each other will change the results of the speed tests.

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