Need for Speed: Have You Tested Your Network’s Bandwidth?

Posted on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 @ 10:12 AM by Carlos Lahrssen

Test your network speed and see if an upgrade is necessary.Bandwidth, as it relates to network computing power, describes the bit-rate threshold that a network can withstand. It varies by device and connection type, such as Ethernet versus wireless, for example.

Internet connection speed is based on the rate and ability of information travel, so having greater bandwidth can also bring you higher connection speeds. Bandwidth, in essence, refers to transmission speeds, faster or slower in type. The faster the speed, the more bits you can download or upload quicker, with slower rates providing you with opposite results.

In a world where we have the ability to operate all of our personal and professional needs online, accessibility and speed can be a key piece in completion of mandatory daily tasks. Below, we give you the key terms and facts you need to know, and provide our tool to help you test the bandwidth speed of your current network connection.

Know the Limit: Importance of Connection and Speed

Monitor your bandwidth connection to gain an idea of your data threshold limit, as well as your speed limit.

What does greater speed bring you? Overall, it’s greater quality and an improved technology experience. This means improved experiences with video, information access, file upload or download, and e-mail.

Anyone that’s ever had to wait for a YouTube or Netflix video to “buffer” knows the frustrations that can occur when your bandwidth has a hard time handling the amount of data being delivered to it at present connection. Know where you’re at and what you can handle to know if you may need to upgrade.

Key Terms to Know for a Better Connection Experience

As you research, you will come across a variety of terms that may be unfamiliar to you, or unfamiliar to you in application. Below, we provide a few definitions for quick reference:

  • Kilobit per second (kbps)—Unit of data transfer equal to 8,000 bits per second, 1,000 bytes per second, or 8 kilobits per second.
  • Megabit per second (Mbps)—Unit of data transfer equal to 1,000,000 bits per second, 1,000 kilobits per second, 125,000 bytes per second, or 125 kilobytes per second.
  • Upload Speed—Time it takes to transfer information from your computer to the internet.
  • Download Speed—Time to receive remote data to your local system.
  • Firewall—Traffic analyst that takes note of all incoming and outgoing data to determine which is allowed to continue through and what must be stopped, based on an established set of rules.
  • Latency—The amount of delay an audio signal encounters as it enters and exits a connection. Buffering needs increase latency.
  • Packet Loss—Data that failed to reach its end destination, resulting from error. 

Test Your Bandwidth: Nexogy’s Speed Test

So, how can you test to see where you’re at, set a benchmark, and decide where to go next? Consider taking a speed test.

Network bandwidth speed tests can provide you with checks for firewall, latency, packet loss, upload and download speeds, and latency to serve as benchmarks and points of comparison.

While overall speeds will vary based on device and connection type, US national averages for download and upload speed are as follows:

  • Download speed: 14.1 Mbps
  • Upload speed: 2.2 Mbps

Take a look at your results and see if you could benefit from a stronger connection.

Check how well your Internet is performing with our easy to use tool.Please note: We recommend using a browser other than Google Chrome, for full speed test accessibility.

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Carlos Lahrssen
Carlos Lahrssen
Carlos Lahrssen is president and CEO of nexogy, as well as founder, president and CEO of LD Telecommunications, Inc., nexogy’s parent company. Lahrssen is an industry fan, follower and advocate — more