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Is your Internet running slow? Quickly test your speed

Is your Internet running slow? Quickly test your speed
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Ever feel like your Internet is running slow? Sometimes Web pages take forever to load, and don't even get me started about downloading programs, pictures or even videos.

It's very frustrating, especially when you pay for high-speed Internet. The problem is that it's not always the same thing that's causing your Internet to run slowly.

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

The place to start, however, is your Internet connection. For that, you need Speedtest.net.

Speedtest.net will measure the ping time, download speed and upload speed of your Internet connection.

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

As for uploading and downloading, measurements are given in bits per second. Higher numbers are better. Download speeds will typically be much faster than upload speeds

You can compare these numbers against the speeds that your Internet service provider promises you. Be sure to run multiple tests over several days at different times. This will give you on overall picture of your connection speed. You also might find specific periods that it's slow.

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