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Wi-Fi Speed – Lets See How quick It Is

Wi-Fi speed is different to the internet speed that comes into your router.To measure your true internet speed you need to have a direct connection from your laptop / desktop with your router via an ethernet cable.

However sometimes you will want to see the speed when you are on Wi-Fi .

We measure Wi-Fi speed three ways – Ping rate – Download speed – Upload speed

The ping rate measures the time taken for a data packet to send from one machine to another, then receive a return.The higher the figure , the worse it is with gamers hating a high figure.

Download speed is the most important figure to most people. It measures how fast data is downloaded to your computer and we measure it in in megabits per second.

Upload speed with so many cloud services now is very important and shows how quickly you can upload data.

It will usually be slower than download speed.

So here are some tips:

  • Don’t do the test only once – run it a few times to get an average
  • Don’t test at the wrong time of the day – not when the children have come home from school or on a sunday night when people are watching Netflix
  • Don’t test in the wrong spot – if the router is at one end of your home and you test at the other end the result will probably not be great
  • Don’t have other devices , computers , smartphones , tablets accessing the internet at the same time
  • Before you start reboot your computer

Finally when testing -Use the right app – speedtest.net or fast.com is what I recommend and I do prefer fast.com which is run by Netflix

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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