How to Find the Internet Connection Speed

by Gregory Hamel ; Updated September 28, 2017

An Internet connection allows a computer to access the World Wide Web, but not all Internet connections are created equal. The amount of data that your connection is able to download in a certain amount of time can drastically affect your experience online. For instance, a fast Internet connection might allow you to watch high definition videos online without lag, while a slower one could take hours to load the same video. There are a few easy ways to check your Internet connection speed.

Task Manager

Hold down the "Control," "Alt" and "Delete" keys to open the task manager.

Click on the "Networking" tab.

Locate the networking device that you are using to connect to the Internet under "Adapter name." It should list a network utilization percentage and a link speed for that connection.

Go online and download a large file or load a web page with a large amount of content, such as a streaming video, and monitor the network utilization percentage displayed.

Multiply the link speed of the connection by the highest network utilization percentage that you are able to achieve. This will provide an estimate as to the maximum speed you are able to achieve on your network.

Speedtest

Go to the Speedtest website (See Resources).

Click on the star on the map that is closest to your current location.

Wait a few seconds to a few minutes for the speed test to run. The site will automatically test your download and upload speed and then display the results.

Speakeasy

Go to the Speakeasy connection speed test website (See Resources).

Click on one of the cities under "Choose a location." Choosing the city that is closest to your current location may give you the most accurate test results.

Wait a few seconds to a few minutes for the speed test to run. The site will automatically test your download and upload speed and then display the results.

About the Author

Gregory Hamel has been a writer since September 2008 and has also authored three novels. He has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from St. Olaf College. Hamel maintains a blog focused on massive open online courses and computer programming.

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