Interpreting Speed Test Results

Download speed – this number represents the speed in Mbps your connection is allowing to travel from a website to your network. When it comes to reading, playing games, video and listening to music on the web, this is the key number.

Upload speed – this number shows is the Mbps your connection allows you to send from your computer to a website. Because so much online activity is interactive, your upload speed is important because it will determine how well you are able to work with web-based applications.

5-10 Mbps – the Federal Communications Commission says this is the minimum speed “generally required for using today’s video rich broadband applications and services. Users at this speed should not have any trouble with streaming audio or video.  This speed should work fine for a small amount of file sharing and streaming video.

10-15 Mbps – this speed allows for smooth on-demand video as long as only one device is one the network.

15 – 25 Mbps – at this speed Web sites drop right into the browser and your interaction with web-based applications and cloud services will be much quicker.  This will in able you to better interact with more complex online applications like remote education services and high definition video.

25-50 Mbps – this speed allows multiple simultaneous connections of different computers on the same network to be on the internet at the same time.  If you have a number of devices connected to your network and want to use them at the same time without delays, this may be the speed for you.  Online gamers and heavy video-on-demand, this is the preferred speed. 

50+ Mbps – Speed like this is not usually for home networks. The main reasons are for commercial – video conferencing, real-time data collection and intense remote computing. With the increase of web enabled devices, speed like this may become the new norm.

Below are sites for testing internet connection speed and bandwidth usage.