How fast is your internet access?

Internet providers in Spain usually offer 10Mbit/s connections but the actual speed you’re having could be around 8-9 Mbit/s. This is because of the technology in use, but if you’re having a 50-60% or less of the speed that you’re paying then there is something wrong.

One way to measure the actual speed of your connection is to use some tests around the internet. Some internet providers might have their own test-sites but it is usually better to use 2 or 3 different sites to measure the speed of your connection.

Download & upload

When you connect to the internet, the download speed is the pace at which data (websites, programmes, music etc) is transferred from another computer to yours. The opposite of downloading is uploading, which is sending data to another computer.

Usually we do not say “download” for a single web page (for example when you open this page on your computer). When we say we downloaded something, it is normally a bigger piece of information, like data or a computer program.

In Spain download rate is usually from 6 Mb to 20Mb. In some areas (Madrid, Barcelona) it is possible to have fiber connections where download rate could be 100Mb.

Ping
Ping is a computer network administration utility used to test the reachability of a host on an Internet Protocol (IP) network and to measure the round-trip time for messages sent from the originating host to a destination computer.

How you can test your connection speed?

There are numerous sites providing measurement tools to test your connection.

Speedtest.net
Probably the best one available at the moment. You can see record your history which is also important. Very easy to use.
www.speedtest.net

Test de velocidad
Quite easy to use. Just click “Empezar” and you will get results in few moments.
http://www.testdevelocidad.es/

Movistar speed test
This test is only for Movistar clients, but if you’re having problems with your Movistar connection speed you can use their test among other. Movistar customer service can also see results of this test so if you’re having problems with speed better to use this one.
http://www.movistar.es/particulares/test-de-velocidad/

Not as fast as you were expecting

If you’re having problems with your connection before calling the customer service you could try few tests:

  • Close all other applications using the internet such as email and instant messaging programs
  • Use another computer or a device (phone, tablet) to measure the speed
  • Are you using wireless or a cable? Cable is usually more secure.
  • Restart or reset your modem-router

 

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