Twenty years ago, the internet was just a cool thing to have. Now it is necessary for nearly every facet of life. You don’t just want the internet, you need fast internet access. The question is- do you have it? In order to be able to answer this question, you need to run a speed test.
What is internet speed?
In internet terms, “speed” is a simple way to describe bandwidth. It is the volume of information per unit of time that an internet connection can handle. A higher bandwidth means that large amounts of data can pass along the connection faster than a connection with a lower bandwidth. This bandwidth is expressed in bits per second, such as the average speed of 25 Mbps you get with Blazing Hog. This is an abbreviated way of indicating a data transfer rate of 25 million bits (megabits) of data transmitted every second.
What is a speed test?
The only way to know for sure what speeds you are getting is to run a speed test. Speed tests measure your current connection’s maximum speed by accessing nearby test servers. This means how fast your device can upload and download information. The test mimics your online activity in a controlled setting by downloading sample files and recording speeds. Results can vary depending on your location within your house and the time of day, so it’s a good idea to do the test several times.
How do I run a speed test?
Simply Google something like “free speed tests” and you’ll get quite a few options to choose from. When you begin the test, your computer will download a file from the test server. The download will complete and your download speed will be measured. Once this process completes, your computer will then upload a file to the test server in order to calculate the upload speed. It really is that simple!
How to read the results
Take a look at the package you pay for each month, either on the bill you receive in the mail or online. Both your upload and download speeds should score approximately close to the numbers promised by your internet provider. The test will also give you a “ping” result, measured in milliseconds. This refers to your latency, or the reaction time of your connection. In other words, it is telling you how fast you get a response after sending out a request.
If you’re not happy with the results you get from your speed test, it’s time to look into a new provider. Blazing Hog offers high-speed rural internet designed for people just like you. You will enjoy average speeds of 25 Mbps, fast enough for video games, movies, and everything else you want fast internet in order to enjoy.