Friday, May 11, 2012

3 Tips to Test Internet Connection Speed

Guest Post by Brianne

Internet has changed the way people interact and do their businesses. Be it having an online shop or connecting with friends around the world, internet has become the means of communication. Therefore, it is essential to have optimal connection speed to avoid downtime when you need most. With internet service providers abound, it has become quite difficult to find a reliable service provider. The only way to choose a right provider is to test internet connection speed.

Here are different ways to test your internet connection speed:

1. Networx - http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/

It is a simple yet powerful network monitoring tool that can evaluate bandwidth of your internet connection. Apart from finding internet speed, this application can determine source of problems for slow speed and help you stay within your data limit as well. Additionally, it can also track suspicious activities by Trojan horse or other malicious programs. The program is simple to install and use. After you install, the application automatically starts collecting data when you connect to internet. Its usage table is well organized with detailed information such as date, time, average download speed, average upload speed, volume of data transferred with average per hour transfer rates.

The range of reports it provides includes in-depth network usage, daily report, weekly report, monthly report, details about sessions, and hourly rates with graphs. You can also export data for further analysis in CSV, XLS, RTF, HTML, and TXT format.

2. Netspeed Monitor - http://www.floriangilles.com/software/netspeedmonitor/

This application allows you to track upload and download speed with traffic logging. You can use traffic logging to peruse your internet connection speed over a period. You can launch this tool by right clicking on the windows taskbar and the tool has to be configured first time for a specific network interface before it can analyze network data. This network monitoring tool runs on Windows 7, Vista, and XP. After you configure the tool, you need to click on its “Start Tracking” button. The tool then displays connection speed details along with list of processes that use internet.

3. Online services to test internet connection speed

a. SpeedTest.net:

If you don’t wish to install software to test your internet connection or if you want to quickly check internet connection speed, you can rely on www.speedtest.net. The site allows you to configure a number of parameters like speed measurement, preferred server, and distance. You can also use the site to test multiple internet connections at the same time.

b. Reliable speed testing sites:

You can also find few reliable speed testing sites. Some of them are www.SpeakEasy.net, www.bandwidthplace.com, www.internetfrog.com, and www.testmyspeed.com. Most of the online speed testing sites also provide various tools to boost your connection, optimize your connection, clean your system, and improve performance of your system with free system scan. As number of websites that provide online speed testing is increasing, you should be wary of using such tools to scan your system. As providing permission to online tools to clean up your system may not be a good idea. However, you can use these online sites to test your internet connection speed.

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Day by day new tools are popping up to help you test your internet connection speed. On one hand, it provides you with wider choices; on the other hand, you need to be quite careful about online tools that claim to boost your connection speed. Moreover, to find out correct speed of your internet connection, it is better to test it on different speed testing tools and see whether it varies widely.

 

About the author: Brianne is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and luxury. Beside this she is fond of gadgets. Recently an article on samsung chat 322 attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on Bentley india.

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