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How does Speed Test measuring work?
In order to figure out how good our internet connection is, certain tests can be run on our computers, tests that are also available on this website. All these tests combined should give us an overall idea of what our internet speed is at a given moment.
While running an internet speed test, several values will be estimated, such as:
- Overall internet value
- Download speed
- Upload speed
When we run a test, we check the quality of our internet connection, by measuring and troubleshooting its current speed. The results of this test will tell us exactly what our download speed is, what our upload speed is, our ping and jitter values are at that current time of testing.
These results may vary, depending on each of our hardware and software activity at that particular moment.
For an accurate internet speed test result, we strongly recommend all other activities to be reduced to minimum on the computer, either by closing all current applications and/or by ending all unnecessary tasks that may also be connected to the internet.
In order to better understand this whole speed test process, we will try to break down each of the mentioned values.
The Download process refers to data that is received by our computers, from another device or system (such as a server), by using different applications, most commonly web browsers. In order to access a website or read an e-mail, we need to receive the required data first. The speed with which we receive this data determines the download speed. The higher the value is, the less time we must wait for a webpage to load.
The Upload process refers to data that is sent by our computers, to another device or system (such as a server). The best example of an upload process is whenever we want to attach a file to our e-mails. It works on the same principle as download – the higher the upload value is, the less we must wait for the attachment to load.
Ping measures the round-trip time of a message sent from our computers to a destinated computer, which is then echoed back to the sender. The smaller the ping value is, the better our internet quality will be. For example, a small ping between 1-10 will ensure us a good internet quality whenever we’re playing an online game.
Jitter, simply put, is represented by the signal fluctuations of our connection, and must be as low as possible. If the value is too high, then it means the internet connection is unstable. The normal jitter value should be under 30 milliseconds.