We’ve all been there, where you’ve been halfway through a task and for some reason your internet slows to a crawl. Figuring out the problem can be tricky and there are a number of reasons for it to drop out. The first thing you need to do, however, is to do a speed test on your device or router. It may be that your internet speed is fine, but your computer or device is running slow. Either way there are 3 main ways to test your speed:
There are dozens of online speed tests you can use to check your internet speed, the most popular of them all being Ookla’s Speedtest. Ookla’s test is very space age looking and very modern, it also has tons of adverts. However not everyone likes using it as it can be quite daunting, especially for those who are not tech savvy and don’t know what upload and download speeds mean. You can use Broadband Speedchecker for a more basic way to see how fast your internet is, it simply shows you the megabytes being used and a percentage of how well it’s running. There are other online tests you can take be be wary, some of them are riddled with viruses and are not friendly, only use the two provided above to avoid internet nasties.
On a tablet or smartphone
Tablets and smartphones are now taking over the usage of desktop computers. We are now in an era where it’s more normal to own a tablet rather than a laptop, so you need to make sure your machine is in perfect condition and is able to run higher internet speeds. You can download apps from the Google Play and iTunes stores, the most popular app being Ookla’s Speedtest, once again. You can also use 4Gmark on Android or iOS to test mobile broadband speeds, great for anyone who lives in an area that has 4G enabled or has an internet dongle. Make sure you take the test a couple of times, sometimes you can get different results and apps are much quicker at retesting.
Through your utility company
If you’re still having trouble with your internet speed and you’ve used the online and app versions of the speed testers then your only other option is to contact the people who supply your internet. If it’s your mobile internet then you will need to talk to your mobile phone provider and check that there aren’t just problems within your area. If it’s your home broadband that is playing up then you’ll need to contact your internet provider to ask them to test your line. It is more tedious than the initial online checkers but if your internet really isn’t up to scratch then the best people to talk to are your providers as they can then resolve the problem for you.