Internet speed is incredibly important to a lot of companies who rely on their network speeds to operate effectively and for basically anyone who likes to surf the net. The question of internet speeds usually comes up when you are considering a new internet connection or a privacy service like VPN or ISP because the speed basically proves the quality of such a service compared to other competitive services.
What is a speed test?
Speed tests are done to establish the connection and data transfer capabilities of a service. When a speed test is done, the following aspects regarding the network or connection are considered.
Download speed – This is the speed with which files or content are transferred from the internet to your computer. Every bit of content you download has a size that is measured in megabytes and your download speed is measured in megabytes per second (Mbps). The download speeds of internet providers have to be incredibly high and the download speeds of ISP have to be close to the internet provider’s target or the ISP will be insufficient.
Upload speeds – When you are transferring data to a website such as a photo upload to Facebook for example, it is known as an upload and the upload speed is how fast this is done. Upload speeds are also measured in Mbps. Most IPS don’t concentrate as much on the upload speeds since their clients are focused on downloading, but these upload speeds are still very important to organizations who have to share content regularly, such as clothing companies who have to upload new stock to their websites and social media sites regularly or send large files to other companies.
Ping rate – Pings are measured in milliseconds and are delays that affect connection speeds. The higher the ping rate (the more delays there are) the lower your connection speed will be. Ping rates are vital for engaging internet users like gamers who need to rely on connectivity speeds to play effectively while other users won’t mind that much if the ping rate is high.
What is fast and what is slow?
The slowest speeds – 1-4 Mbps is considered an incredibly slow connection. The speeds are commonly found in lower density areas since the signal here is poor. With this network speed, you can still email, stream music or even use VoIP services without issues, but when it comes to videos, you will get large hiccups.
The fast speeds – 50+ Mbps is considered incredibly fast and is only found in large businesses that need to do video conferencing or such. There are, however some home connections that do actually get high speeds like this thanks to added devices.