“Broadband Speed Test.co.uk” offers a totally impartial and independent online broadband speed test where people can test the speed of their broadband connection.
The free speed test accurately measures the download and upload speeds of users broadband or internet connections so they can see at what speed they are connecting to the internet.
Using our speed test is extremely useful if you are potentially having issues with your internet connection, you will be able to quickly see if there is any speed issues with your connection and if there is then you can then work on trying to sort them, this may be a case then of contacting your broadband provider to feedback the results, especially if your broadband speed has drastically slowed down.
How our Broadband Speed Test works
Our broadband speed test works by measuring the time it takes for a file to be downloaded onto your computer for the download speed and also the time for a file to be “sent” back to us for the upload speed.
Initially our test will perform an “initial test check” that will check the ping rate of your connection and use this to help determine the correct size of file we will need to use for the full proper speed test. As broadband connections speeds can vary hugely from one person to the next depending on what package and line they are on it is essential that we do this initial test check as a user on a full fibre optic broadband connection (maybe 100Mb+) will need a larger file sending to them to get a more accurate result in the proper test than a user with a slower copper wire connection (maybe 2Mb or below) will need.
As our speed test runs the proper test the average speed is worked out and displayed at the end, we don’t display the maximum speed you received as we don’t believe this will give you an accurate result of your broadband speed overall but instead by measuring the speed for the whole test we can give you an average which takes into account the peaks and troughs of your broadband speed (a broadband connection is not like driving at a set speed in a car down an empty motorway, it is more like driving in traffic down the motorway where you may need to brake or speed up at times).
Our speed test is optimised for UK users with the severs we used located in this territory.
Broadband Speed Tests
Broadband Speed Test results can vary depending on various factors.
Different times of the day will likely give different speed test results, when the network may be quieter it will likely run faster and at busy times it will likely run slower.
It is also worth noting that broadband speeds can vary from minute to minute and so if you compare our speed test results with others the results may slightly differ from time to time.
At busy periods of the day (7pm and Midnight) when most people are using the internet then the network is having to deal with far more data being sent down it, because of this demand that is what reduces broadband speeds.
When there is few people online (2am-6am) the internet speed users receives generally increases, this is because the network work can easily deal with your data requests as there is few others it needs to deal with at the same time.
If you think of it like “rush hour traffic”, journeys take longer as there are more cars using the roads, this is like with your internet connections.
Webmasters: Want your own free broadband speed test for your site?
If you have a website and would like to offer visitors to your site the ability to check their broadband speed from your website then we can help.
We have made available our broadband speed test for webmasters to integrate in to their own website.
If you would like to add our speed test to your website then please visit our get a broadband speed test for your website page.