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Understanding Your Internet Speed
Let’s begin with the basics. The speed of your internet connection is often explained in two key units of measurement – Mbps (Megabits per second) and Gbps (Gigabits per second). If you have ever looked at internet packages or dealt with internet-related issues, most likely, you’ve come across these terms. The Mbps and Gbps metrics indicate the volume of data that can be transferred per second over your network. In simpler words, they measure the internet speed – higher the number, faster the speed.
Factors Affecting Internet Speed
While Mbps and Gbps might be the main indicators of the potential speed, the reality can sometimes be different due to a myriad of factors. These include:
- Network congestion – Much like roads at peak hours, networks can get congested too when multiple devices are trying to access the internet at the same time. If many people on your network are streaming videos or downloading files, your speed may falter.
- Type of connection – The technology used to deliver your internet signal can have a huge impact on speed. A fiber optic connection, for example, provides a much faster connection than traditional cable or DSL.
- Distance from the ISP – Like most things, internet signals also become weaker over distance. If you’re relatively far from your ISP, the chances of your internet speed being compromised are higher.
Speed Requirements for Different Online Activities
The speed you need largely depends on what you plan to do online. Basic browsing and email usage might only require a speed of 1-5 Mbps. However, if you plan to stream HD videos, you might need speeds closer to 15-25 Mbps. For activities such as online gaming or video conferencing, you should aim for speeds of 25-40 Mbps or more.
How to Test Your Internet Speed
Are you unsure whether you’re getting the speeds you were promised? It might be useful to use one of the many online internet speed tests available (ours is available here!). Tools like these send a small file to your computer to download and measure the time it takes, thereby gauging your download speed. Likewise, they send a file from your computer to calculate your upload speed. The results offer a snapshot of your current speed, which you can then compare with your service plan.
Remember, for a comprehensive and more accurate result, make sure to disconnect all other devices or applications using the internet during the test.
Ways to Improve Internet Speed
If you find your internet is slower than it should be, there are several steps you can take. Consider switching to a higher-speed plan if your current internet usage exceeds your plan’s limit. Similarly, upgrading your modem or router can help, particularly if they are older models.
Thinking about exploring these options? You can get a great deal on internet plans from your local provider, TruLeap Technologies. For personal assistance and advice on your internet issues, don’t hesitate to contact us today to get started.
Understanding internet speeds and how they impact your online experience is crucial in the digitally dependent era we live in today. Armed with this knowledge, you will be well-equipped to make informed decisions about your internet service provider and the speed you need.