The next time your home internet connection is struggling to load a simple webpage, orkeeps buffering while you’re binging that new series everyone is talking about, take a few minutes to troubleshoot what’s going on. A good place to start is by checking your internet connection’s speed.
Magnifying anyfrom your internet service provider is the fact that a lot of us are remote working and may also have kids at home remote learning, two activities that can tax your internet connection.
The fix could be as simple as restarting your modem and router or. Below, we’ll show you how to check your internet connection’s speed and offer advice when it comes time to troubleshoot.
Run a speed test on your computer or phone
There are plenty of apps and websites that will test the speed of your connection. Some of the more popular speed test services include Speedtest.net or Fast.com.
Whether you install an app or use a website, it’s a good idea to run the test a few times to get a sense of your connection’s performance. Each test will take under a minute to complete, offering the download and upload speed results.
The FCC published a guideline for household broadband speeds based on the number of devices and people connected to the same network. Basic service ranges from 3Mbps to 8Mbps, and will be good enough for light usage (browsing, email, video calls, streaming HD video, etc). Medium service is classified as 12 to 25Mbps and is best for up to three users or devices in use at the same time with medium to high usage depending on the activity. Finally, advanced service is any connection speed over 25Mbps and is best suited for those with more than four users or devices using the connection at the same time for more than light usage…Read more>>