You rely on your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to deliver the connection speeds you need to get things done. And you deserve to make sure the speeds you pay for are what you get. The “Wall Street Journal” reported that most providers usually deliver lower speeds than they advertise.

If you’re not sure you have the right speeds or worry that your connection isn’t delivering what was promised, you need to test your Internet speed. Your provider probably has their own speed test, but if you want an unbiased reading, there are a variety of free Internet speed test websites out there.

Best Internet Speed Test Sites

Here’s a look at some of the most reliable sites you can choose from and what makes each stand out.

Speedof.me – This HTML5/JavaScript-based speed test works by mimicking real-life downloading and browsing circumstances. The site provides you with easy-to-read graphs and reports and can track your results over time if you continue to do tests. Speedof.me is compatible with mobile devices and laptops. One of the biggest things that sets Speedof.me apart is that you don’t need a Flash or Java plugin to use it.

Speedtest Speedtest is probably the most used test on the Internet, claiming to perform over 50 million tests every month. Because they’ve collected so much data, Speedtest is an excellent source for broadband statistics and can give you an idea of how your connection speed compares to others in your area and around the world. Speedtest is good if you’re traveling, as it can help you identify top bandwidth speed by country. Speedtest can measure connection speeds on laptops, desktop computers, and mobile devices.

TestMy.net – If you want to see how your Internet speeds match up against other users, then this might be the test for you. TestMy.net also gives you a report of how your connection performs over time, so you can see if it stays consistent throughout the entire test. One of the coolest features of TestMy.net is it can run different test for different activities, like uploading, downloading, and multithreading.

Visualware­ – Visualware is the right place to go if you want to dig into all the stats about your Internet connection. This comprehensive site gives you a broad variety of testing options. You can find out your Internet’s performance on everything from general quality and speed to the effectiveness of your firewalls. There are a ton of cool graphs and charts available. This is definitely not a simple test site, but the breadth of information is a dream for advanced technophiles.

No one wants to pay for something they’re not getting. Make sure you’re getting the most out of your broadband connection by testing your Internet speeds on a regular basis.

 

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