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Test your Internet connection speed

Test your Internet connection speed
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Ever feel like your Internet is running slow? Web pages seem sluggish while uploads and downloads take forever! It's very frustrating, especially when you pay for high-speed Internet.

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Many things can cause websites and emails to load slowly. It could be your browser, your computer or a website problem.

The first culprit to look at is your Internet connection. Speedtest.net is a simple way to find out if you're getting what your service provider promises.

Just visit the site and click "Begin Test" in the middle of the screen. It will automatically detect test servers near your location. For the first test, use the server it chooses. Afterward, you can try other servers around the country if you want.

It will quickly tell you the ping, upload speed and download speed of your connection.

Ping measures how fast you get a response back from the test server. Lower numbers are better. If you play online multiplayer games, you'll want less than 100 milliseconds.

As for uploading and downloading, measurements are given in megabits per second, and higher numbers are better.

You can compare these numbers against the speeds that your Internet service provider promises you. Speedtest also lets you compare against other people with the same service.

Be sure to run multiple tests over several days at different times. This will give you a better overall picture of your connection speed. Next page: How to use the site

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