Frontier offers a wide range of internet speeds up to 115 Mbps with its DSL service and up to 2,000 Mbps with its fiber-to-the-home service.
However, Frontier has more DSL customers than it does fiber, so the DSL numbers pull Frontier’s average internet speeds down from their gigabit heights. That’s normal.
But don’t worry: the average speed test result isn’t necessarily what you can expect from your Frontier internet plan. Your speed test results should mirror the speeds defined by your plan.
Top advertised download speed:
Frontier average internet speed test results:
Average download speed: 105.02 Mbps
Average latency: 162.13 ms
Total speed tests: 48,570
Compare Frontier internet speeds and plans
|Frontier Internet||Up to 25 Mbps||DSL||Shop Plans|
|Frontier Fiber Internet 500||Up to 500 Mbps||Fiber||Shop Plans|
|Frontier Fiber Gig||Up to 940 Mbps||Fiber||Shop Plans|
|Frontier Fiber 2 Gig||Up to 2,000 Mbps||Fiber||Shop Plans|
Fastest cities for Frontier internet service
|City||Top advertised download speed||Average download speed*|
|1. Plano, TX||2000 Mbps||394 Mbps|
|2. Redlands, CA||2000 Mbps||262 Mbps|
|3. Beaumont, CA||2000 Mbps||254 Mbps|
|4. Pacoima, CA||2000 Mbps||248 Mbps|
|5. Justin, TX||2000 Mbps||235 Mbps|
The average download speeds listed above include DSL and fiber. Its single DSL plan reaches up to 115 Mbps, which serves most of Frontier’s nationwide market. Its fiber plans range from 500 to 2,000 Mbps, but they’re extremely limited in availability.
That said, the fastest cities in Frontier’s coverage areas include both services. These averages do not reflect what you’ll see from Frontier, even if you live in one of the cities listed above. Your actual speeds depend on the plan you choose.
If you want speeds faster than 115 Mbps, we suggest going with Frontier’s fiber if it’s available in your area. Even the 500 Mbps plan is plenty fast for the average home, plus it has equal upload and download speeds, unlike DSL and cable.
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Internet speed recommendations
Every household has different bandwidth needs, so we’ve outlined what speeds you need for common internet activities in the chart below.
Recommended minimum download speed
4 - 6 People:
4 - 6 People:
4 - 6 People:
SD Video: 10 Mbps
HD Video: 50 Mbps
4 - 6 People:
SD Video: 50 Mbps
HD Video: 100+ Mbps
About our Frontier internet speed test
The Frontier speed test gauges your fiber or DSL internet speed by measuring three things:
Download speed—the amount of data you can receive from the remote server in one second.
Upload speed—the amount of data you can send to the remote server in one second.
Latency—the amount of time data uses to make a round trip from your device to the remote server and back.
How does the Frontier internet speed test work?
First, the test client determines your location and finds the closest server. It then sends a tiny bit of data to the remote server, which sends a bit of data back to the client. The client records the amount of time the exchange used and then repeats the test a few more times. The test ends, and the client presents the lowest roundtrip measurement in milliseconds. This is your latency.
Next, the client establishes multiple connections (threads) to the remote server and requests test data. As the client downloads the test data, it measures the speed and makes adjustments as necessary—like opening more threads and requesting more data—to maximize the full bandwidth of your internet connection. The test ends at the predetermined time, and the client presents your current download bandwidth in megabits per second.
The upload test works in reverse: the client sends test data to the server and takes measurements. The test ends at the predetermined time, and the client presents your current upload bandwidth in megabits per second.
How to get the best results
Run the Frontier internet speed test straight from the modem, gateway, or fiber ONT using a fast Ethernet cable and a compatible device, like a laptop. You can run the test on a wireless device too, but keep close to the router or gateway, so that range doesn’t distort your results.
Keep in mind that Frontier’s advertised speeds are not a promise of actual speed. Still, you should get close to the speed you’re paying for most of the time. If not, read on.
If you aren’t getting the speed you need
Power cycle the modem or gateway by turning it off, waiting 30 seconds, and turning it back on. If you’re still having issues after that, check out the troubleshooting guides listed below. Otherwise, contact Frontier.
Frontier internet speed FAQ
Is fiber better than DSL?
A fiber-to-the-home connection is better than DSL. It uses light pulses beamed through glass fibers that are interpreted as data like Morse code. It has a higher bandwidth than DSL, plus it’s more reliable because there’s no electrical equipment between you and the front of the fiber network.
On the other hand, DSL is old technology originally designed to deliver analog telephone calls. Unlike fiber, it’s nearly everywhere across the US, but it can’t achieve the same high bandwidth as fiber. It delivers data using radio waves sent across copper wires, which isn’t as efficient as fiber.
Slower DSL internet plans frequently cost more than superfast fiber plans because DSL networking is more expensive to maintain and operate than fiber. We suggest going with fiber if you have access to both.
How fast are Frontier internet speeds?
Frontier’s DSL internet supports download speeds up to 115 Mbps—faster than the plan’s previous 25 Mbps limit. The upload speed isn’t quite so fast at 7 Mbps, and that’s okay if all you do online is check email and post to social media.
Frontier’s fiber internet speeds range from 500 Mbps to 2,000 Mbps, depending on the plan. The Internet 500 and Fiber 2 Gig plans have symmetrical speeds, meaning the uploads and downloads are identical. The Fiber Gig plan is near-symmetrical at 940 Mbps in downloads and 880 Mbps in uploads.
According to our data, the cities with the fastest Frontier internet are in Florida, California, and Texas. Their averages are lower than Frontier’s fastest advertised speed because they combine DSL and fiber speeds.
What’s the difference between Frontier, Vantage, and FiOS?
FiOS was originally a brand owned by Verizon. Frontier picked up the brand when it acquired DSL and fiber lines from Verizon in 2009. But Frontier dropped the FiOS brand in 2020 and renamed its fiber service as Frontier FiberOptic.
Vantage was a brand introduced by Frontier in 2016 for its TV, VoIP, and DSL internet services. Frontier discontinued offering Vantage TV to new customers and removed the Vantage brand from its DSL service. Vantage Voice is now Frontier Digital Voice.
You probably won’t see Frontier’s fiber and DSL services in the same area, but if you do, you’ll see them listed as Frontier Internet (DSL) and Frontier Fiber.
Where can I get Frontier internet?
You can get Frontier internet in 29 states, but it’s not available everywhere in each state. The best way to check if you can get Frontier is by checking plan availability with your zip code.