When we go for a new Internet connection, the salesperson of the ISP (Internet Service Provider) shows us so many plans at different speeds. According to our needs, we select the plan and purchase the service. But we should not blindly trust ISP for the connection speed. We must test the Internet Speed they are providing to us. It is a must step if you are not satisfied with the speed and think that the speed you are getting is less than the speed mentioned in the plan. At the time of purchasing broadband or wireless connection, we must clearly ask for the Download speed and Upload speed. Download Speed is always much greater than the upload speed mentioned in the plan. If a plan says 2 Mbps, it means the download speed can go up to 50 Mbps, but that is also in the best case.
Download Speed: Download Speed is the rate of data transfer from Some websites to your computer. Ex: Loading a web page on the browser or file downloads.
Upload speed: Upload speed is the rate of data transfer from your computer to some websites. Ex: uploading images or videos on some websites. If you are a YouTuber, you must look for high upload speed otherwise your videos will take hours in uploading.
Here we must understand that 50 Mbps is the highest speed the connection can offer. It means most of the time you will get less than it. The actual download speed you will achieve is dependent on a number of factors. So you are not going to get the speed mentioned in the plan. If the plan doesn’t clearly mention the upload speed, it should be the Download speed/8. So, in the 50 Mbps plan, you will get around 6Mbps in the best case.
To check the speed of your Internet connection, you can use the following free services. These are the most trusted internet speed test tools. Even if the ISP representative insists to use their tool to check speed, rely on any of these tools.
All these are free tools that show the download and upload speed of your internet connection. Speedtest.net is the most popular. It also an app.
These are the nice services which will give you an approx idea about Internet speed. If you see a big margin in the speed mentioned in your plan and speed shown by these tools, you can complain to the ISP.
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