How You Can Check Your Internet Speed

Internet speed is extremely important for a number of people due to their jobs as working remotely is more common. Slow speeds not only are inconvenient but can be extremely frustrating. Below are a few ways that you can check your internet speed to make things run efficiently. 

Try The Google Speed Test Page 

Google allows people to test their internet connection speed as they are dedicated to consumer experience. If you prefer to use another website, there are plenty that can help test connection speed. You can contact your internet provider if there are issues with promised speed versus delivered speed. People that work online want to have the fastest internet connections possible as it directly impacts their income. Google will measure how many megabits per second that your connection can download and upload. The latency will also be measured which is the response to a command like a page loading. 

Checking Your Speed on Windows

You can also opt to check your speed on Windows which is a popular option. The first thing you want to do is make sure your router is plugged into your computer via an internet cable. This commonly is the problem for people experiencing lagging or no internet connection at all. Moving the router closer to where you are using the internet can also improve speed for those using Wi-Fi connections. You can also go to the settings page and select the Network & Internet section then do the following:

  • You will need to click on Ethernet
  • Then you need to click on Change Adaptor Options. 
  • Double click on Ethernet connection.

You are going to have to take a look at the Speed value. You will find this near the bottom of the “Connections” section. This will be within the Ethernet Status section. 

Checking Speed on Mac

You are going to start by making sure that your Ethernet cable is connected to your computer. The cable might look like it is connected but could have disconnected while working. You can also do the following:

  • You are going to start by opening Spotlight which is located in the right corner of your screen.
  • Search the phrase “network mobility” into Spotlight which will open the “Network Utility” section.
  • You will select the tab labeled “Info” which will show your Ethernet connection. You will click on your connection then click on a box labeled “Select a network interface for information”. 
  • Look at the number next to a section labeled “Link Speed” which will allow you to view your internet speed connection. 

Other common problems could be related to your internet provider. There is a chance that your box needs a ping sent to it or is simply an old model. Your provider will replace the box but many will not notify you when your equipment is archaic. You can usually unplug a router then plug it back in after 30 seconds to deal with a number of problems. This is the first step your internet provider will have you take in most cases. Running malware checks is imperative as your infected computer could be the culprit for slow speeds and not your internet connection.

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.