How to Check Internet Speed in MBPS
By Chappy Sinclair
MBPS (short for megabits per second) is a term often used to measure the speed of a high-speed Internet connection. You can check your Internet connection in MBPS by using any of the free Internet speed tests available. Internet speed tests will test the connection by downloading a small file (temporarily) to your computer and uploading it again. An Internet speed test will never be 100% accurate due to latency and other miscellaneous factors, which are out of your control, but it will give you a general idea of your connection speed.
Stop any programs that require the use of your Internet connection. Instant Messaging programs and auto-updating anti-virus programs take up bandwidth that affect the accuracy of the speed test.
Open your computer's web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. Enter the Web address of the Internet speed test you want to use. See the Resources section for recommendations.
Click the "Begin Test" or similarly titled button on the homepage. Some speed tests will require you to first select a server closest to your location from the list of servers presented. Choosing the closest server will result in more accurate results.
Wait for the test to conclude. Your download and upload speeds will be presented on screen. Some speed tests may also offer additional information about how to optimize your connection and what contributes to a slower or faster connection.
Chappy Sinclair has been writing professionally since 2006. He has been able to share his gaming and computer-related impressions and opinions on a national scale with published submissions in "PC Gamer Magazine" and "Maximum PC." Sinclair is currently studying for an aeronautical degree in navigation and avionics at the American Academy of Aeronautics.