How fast is your DSL or Cable Internet connection right now?
There are dozens of websites that provide free Internet speed tests that can help you answer that question. This week’s tech tip provides links to a half-dozen speed test websites you can use for free.
Our favorite is Speedtest.net (pictured above) which uses an entertaining Flash-based animation to show the status of your test in action. An interactive map shows the location of your computer on a world map, and lets you test your download and upload speeds to dozens of test servers across the globe.
The rest of this tip lists other free Internet speed test services we’ve used when troubleshooting Internet speed issues.
Note: If your studio has several designers, these test will show how fast your own computer’s Internet access was at the time of the test. Since other users may be using part of your studio’s bandwidth, the results may not reflect the full speed of your company’s Internet connection.
Source: Over the years we’ve used sites like these hundreds of times while troubleshooting or installing Internet connections for Seattle-area creative teams.