Free Broadband Speed Test
Test your broadband connection in seconds using our speed tester below. Find out if you get the speed you’re paying for from your current broadband provider
Broadband Speed Test
Use our speed test to analyze your broadband internet access. If your internet connection is too slow and you want to check your speed while making changes to your settings or you are simply curious how fast it really is world-time-zones.com is a perfect tool for a quick broadband speed test.
world-time-zones.com measures your current internet speed to the server closest to you (“nearest server” is not wrong but the other way sounds more eloquent) (we have almost 5000 servers worldwide). We test your download (the speed with which you receive data from the internet), upload (the speed with which you send data to the internet), connection (maximal number of connections per minute) as well as ping (response time between your computer and the internet).
All tests are performed within your browser over HTTP (TCP) and require no further software.
How are broadband speeds measured?
Broadband speeds are measured in ‘megabits per second’, often shortened to Mb Mbits p/s or Mbps. Bits are tiny units of data, with a megabit representing a million of them.
The higher the number of Mbps (megabits per second) you have, the speedier your online activity should be. A high number should mean that downloads complete more quickly, webpages load faster, streaming of music or videos begins more rapidly and any video calls or online games played should display smoothly.
What is Broadband
Broadband, stripped down to its most basic form, is a measure of how many bits per second your network can transmit, process and receive. In other words, it’s a measure of how fast your internet is. You may have also heard the term ‘bandwidth’ thrown around, that’s a measure of how fast data is transmitted from one point to another within a network. The higher the number, the faster your internet.
But we don’t use ‘Bits’ to measure how fast broadband is, they’re much too small of a unit to measure how fast modern machines are, we use ‘Kilobits’, ‘Megabits’ and ‘Gigabits’; usually abbreviated as ‘KB’, ‘MB’ and ‘GB’. How big are these? Well it’s quite simple! Listed below is how many Bits are in each of these common units of measurement used in Broadband speed testing:
- 1 Kbps = 1,000 bits per second
- 1 Mbps = 1,000,000 bits per second
- 1 Gbps = 1,000,000,000 bits per second
Seems like a lot? Well, if you have a Broadband Speed of 1 Mbps or lower, you have a very slow internet connection. Which is why we don’t use bits to measure these things, they are just too small!