Why SDN: Speedtest

Take The Speedtest

Our Speedtest helps you access real-time, highly accurate information about your internet connectivity.

3 quick tips to get more accurate Speedtest results:

  1. Clear your browser’s cache before testing your internet speed.
  2. Shut down any programs that maybe using your internet connection. Your internet might be slower if you’re streaming or downloading anything, especially heavy files, while running the speed test.
  3. When you check different devices, make sure you are testing the same connection. If one device is on Wi-Fi and the other is using wired Ethernet, you will test the speeds of different connections.

What do these terms mean?

  • Download: How quickly you can pull data from a server on the internet to your device.
    Measurement: megabits per second (Mbps)
    Most residential connections are designed to download much faster than they upload, since the majority of online activity, such as loading web pages or streaming videos, consists of downloads. For businesses, however, download and upload speed should match (be synchronous) or at least be very close
  • Upload: How quickly you send data from your device to the internet.
    Measurement: megabits per second (Mbps) 
    A fast upload speed is helpful when sending large files via email, or in using video-chat to talk to someone else online.
  • Ping: Also called latency, ping is the reaction time of your connection–how quickly your device gets a response after you’ve sent out a request.
    Measurement: milliseconds (ms)
    A fast ping means a more responsive connection.
  • Jitter: Also called Packet Delay Variation (PDV), jitter frequency is a measure of the variability in ping over time.
    Jitter is not usually noticeable when reading text, but when streaming and gaming a high jitter can result in buffering and other interruptions. Technically, this is a measure of the average of the deviation from the mean.