The internet speed test checks the speed promised by your service provider by using a server that is geographically closest to you. It does not measure the actual transfer speed of a file over the internet as it depends on various other factors that are not under the service provider’s control, such as the content provider’s server load and bandwidth.
5 TOOLS I USE TO CHECK MY INTERNET SPEED:
HOW DOES THE INTERNET SPEED TEST WORK? (Brief explanation)
The programs we use to test internet connection speed works in 3 steps.
- In the first step the speed checker program detects a server closest to your location and then PINGs it to check the latency rate. Latency is an expression of how much time it takes for a packet of data to get from one designated point to another.
- Small binary files(data packets) are downloaded on your computer, and the program measures that download to estimate the connection speed.
- Now to check the upload speed, speed checker program uploads multiple packets to the nearest server and calculates all uploaded bytes in a second then it converts them in Bits to show the upload speed in bps (bits per second).
Understanding the difference between kilobytes per second and kilobits per second.
Most service providers advertise their internet speeds in kilobits per second(kbps). However the internet speed checker programs measure internet speed in kilobytes per second(Kbps). There are 8 bits in a byte so you can find your speed in kilobits per second by multiplying your kilobytes per second by 8.