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Testing the maximum speed of your internet connection can be a challenge. Here are some pointers to try to allow your connection to be tested at the fastest it can run.

Check whether you're streaming or downloading anything that might be using bandwidth during the Speedtest, and then try testing again. If your Speedtest result still seems slow, try rebooting your device or your router, and ensure that your router does not have any Quality of Service (QOS) features turned on.

If that doesn't fix the problem, here are a few more steps you can try. If none of that works, contact your ISP or carrier for help. Keep in mind that on higher bandwidth connections (150 Mbps and above), you will need a higher quality router to keep up.

Speedtest is measuring your real-time network connection, so tests taken within a few minutes of each other might vary a little based on network congestion and available bandwidth. If your Speedtest results are significantly different, make sure that you're:

Also, note that there are large variations in Wi-Fi and cellular radio quality and MIMO stream handling quality between devices. These variations can cause a device to deliver slower test results than another device or computer.

If you're asking this question, you're already sick of the wheel of constant buffering. To get the best possible performance, you want download speeds at least as fast as the following:

You can transfer large files at any speed; it's more a question of how long that transfer will take. Here are a couple of tables to help you out:

Time to transfer 1GB file

Transfer speed (Mbps) Theoretical time (Seconds)
1.5 5,333
5 1,600
10 800
20 400
50 160
100 80
250 32
500 16
1,000 8

Data transferred per hour

Transfer speed (Mbps) Megabytes Gigabytes
1.5 675 0.675
5 2,250 2.25
10 4,500 4.5
20 9,000 9
50 22,500 22.5
100 45,000 45
250 112,500 112.5
500 225,000 225
1,000 450,000 450

If you've ever noticed that another player always, always seems to have the jump on you, that might be because they have a faster ping. Here's a rough guideline:

Speedtest relies on a network of over 5,500 host servers owned and operated by internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile carriers around the globe. By default, Speedtest chooses a nearby server with a fast ping result, trying to reach the maximum potential of your internet connection.

For a more complete measure of your speed, test to other servers in various locations. Many sites and streaming services may host their content on servers that are far away from your current location, which could translate to slower speeds and pings from those services.

Testing to our sponsored servers does not necessarily tell you how fast your connection would be if you were to sign up for that sponsor's services. All tests run on Speedtest reflect the speed of your connection from your current ISP or carrier.

Though our host network is always growing, it's possible that we don't yet have a host in your area. If you'd like to host a Speedtest server, details are here.

Your computer's firewall or a proxy server might be blocking communication over port 8080, which will limit the number of servers available for testing.