You will be able to search the internet and find adverts promising many speeds for your internet connection, but how do you know how much you need and if you’re getting what you’re paying for?
You may have, at some point, been frustrated by the speed your internet service provider (ISP) is offering. Not all of us will know what the exact number of megabits per second (Mbps) we should be getting is; but we will know very quickly when we’re not getting enough. Much like the water in our homes, we don’t all know that we should be getting 0.7Bar, but if that tap is dribbling, we’ll soon be onto the water company to complain that it isn’t enough.
There are a number of ways to test your internet speed, but first you will need to make sure you’re testing the speed your ISP is supplying and not any problems you’re having with your internal WiFi.
The best way to do that is to plug your computer directly into your router and go to a site like www.speedtest.net, or www.fast.com. The speed shown will be what your internet service provider is supplying. Using WiFi to do this test can show up a bottleneck within your internal system and you may end up looking at the limited speed your WiFi is offering.
If you’re having a consistently slow connection, check with your ISP as they will have a minimum speed that they should be offering you. If they cannot provide that speed then you can negotiate to change service provider.
Why Wildanet is different
Unlike other internet service providers, Wildanet provides guaranteed speeds, meaning the speed you pay for is the speed you get. We already cover a large area of Cornwall and are continuing to expand our network considerably over the next two years.
Chief Technology Officer, Wildanet