The most recent uSwitch Broadband Awards were held in 2016. This allows you to better understand your speed in context and determine whether you have a fault, or if you're just experiencing the speeds expected in your area. The distance of your computer from the router also affects connection quality. Upload speed - How quickly data is transferred from your computer to the internet. If your broadband supplier cannot help you to resolve your slow broadband issues, it might be time to switch provider! The test checks to see all six threads are working, and restarts automatically if one thread fails, to ensure the accuracy of its results. Using your broadband over Wi-Fi instead of connecting devices with an ethernet cable will also have an impact on speed. The process of changing your broadband provider is actually pretty straightforward.
Read our guide to boosting your broadband speed for. But how fast is your actual connection? If nothing seems to be wrong on a device-level and your broadband speed is still not satisfactory, contact your current broadband provider for advice. Many such speed testers use a single, tiny data payload to test the speed of your connection, which may provide unreliable readings. We often get asked why broadband speed checkers sometimes report download speeds slower than the maximum theoretically possible at a property. In reality a 38Mb fibre broadband connection can only download a file at 4.
You have the right to object at any time to this use and certain other uses of your personal information. To learn more about cookies and their benefits, please read our Using this website means you consent to their use but you can change your cookie settings at any time by following this Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3. File transfer speed, as reported during a download, is likely to be measured in megabytes per second rather than megabits per second, which means this is more than 8 times slower than you might expect if you thought megabits and megabytes were equivalent. Make sure that nothing intensive is running on your computer. How fast should my speed be, and what do I need? However if you live in a home with more than one Internet user, perhaps other family members or housemates, then you can quickly discover that you need several times that at times when everyone's using your connection, especially if more than one of you wants to stream video.
This includes other apps on your computer like your email client, instant messenger or browser tabs running Facebook or other constantly updating sites. Figures are reported twice a year. The results will be affected by external influences, particularly by how many people are using the internet at the same moment as your test. If you're not getting the connection you were promised, you can head to our page to find a new plan, or simply use the comparison chart below: How to use Techradar's broadband speed test Our broadband speed test tool is really easy to use — in fact, we wouldn't be surprised if you've already hit 'Start Test' and received your results without needing to scroll down the page for extra tips. Read on to get some idea of what your broadband speed actually means for your day-to-day internet usage.
Virgin Media is the only widely available broadband you can get without taking a phone line as well. Introduction The British government may have and , but some areas of the United Kingdom will have more catching up to do than others by the 2023 deadline. Finally, you sign up with your new provider online. However for most webpages that's immediate loading, and for the average music album download, that's approximately one track per second. That means it makes sense to test your speed at the time of day you most regularly use the internet — so if you're online most during the evenings, or browsing Facebook, then check at that time. Median download speed dropped for all other top carriers: Vodafone 5.
Now you can find out with our broadband speed test , use the checker below to find out. Internet providers such at , and used to try and cover themselves by saying that your broadband speed will be 'up to xxMb'. This can artificially increase your test speed or even prevent the test from completing. If you're on a mobile device or have to use wireless, try to stay relatively close to your router, preferably within line of site, and avoid running equipment that can cause interference such as microwave ovens or unshielded flashing lights. Mobile broadband speeds are more accurately measured on a computer at a static location. Vodafone has perhaps done the most work on the network efficiency front.
This causes the user's bandwidth to be saturated, providing an accurate picture of their download speed capacity. The uSwitch Broadband Speed Test is a free-to-use service that analyses your broadband speed in seconds. That's the most likely reason why it's not available to you, but it could also be due to living in a rural area, in an awkwardly-placed property, or just too far away from a street cabinet. The middle of the list is filled with cities in England and Wales, while Belfast lands with the lowest average download speed of 38. We recommend running the test more than once to make sure there wasn't some sort of blip during your first test. Still, when you signed up for your latest broadband contract, your provider should have given you a range of speeds that it will supply.
Why is distance from exchange not available? SamKnows Broadband Our final speed test service is a different beast to the others. The upload speeds are then measured in a similar fashion. We've seen cases where people have used an old extension cable to plug their router in and they couldn't get their broadband to work at all as it was in such poor condition, we suggested they bought a new cable and after they tried that it worked fine. We suggest you try speed tests a number of times over a period before reporting issues to your providers technical support. Using our speed tester Our free speed tester is easy to use, and just takes a few seconds. This causes the user's bandwidth to be saturated, providing an accurate picture of their upload speed capacity. Megabits per second Mbps refers to data transfer speeds as measured in megabits Mb.
The slowest county in England is Denbighshire at 22. Practically speaking, you need to have 2Mb to use websites comfortably. Speeds suffer during these periods due to the sheer amount of consumers who are online. If you're currently seeing maximum speeds of 7. Berkshire is fastest at 34.
This is to save you time when you next visit the site, allow comparisons with your last result and to prevent too many duplicate provider ratings. If you're not getting the kind of internet speeds that you were told to expect when you signed up with your broadband provider, then you should look to move to another. The signal will weaken further the more walls and doors it has to pass through. Why do my results differ from other speed tests? Mean upload speed is 11. Obviously on a 76Mb connection these times are roughly halved or a little over. The test submits multiple packets at the same time.