In this post we will research the top five tools online. The sites we've included are Speedtest.net, Bandwidth Place, SpeedOf.me, Speed.io and TestMy.net. We have attempted to include a brief description and give our thoughts about their attractiveness, ease of use, and functionality. All tests can be completed in a minute or two. Contact us if you are reviewing your internet options.
If you gravitate to the most popular sites, then look no further than Speedtest.net, possibly the most popular broadband speed testing tool. Owned by Ookla, the site uses over 2,500 servers to provide accurate test results.
Begin by selecting a server - Speedtest will suggest the best one for you based on your location - then simply hit the “Begin Test” button. The site then will upload and download files to determine the connection speeds. You can then choose a different server, or check your results with other users. A handy Ping test tab is also available.
Bandwidth Place provides a clean, uncluttered, easy to use interface in order to provide its users with bandwidth test results. The site has been around for almost 15 years and is based on HTML5. The user has options for a number of different servers, or can simply use the site with the lowest available ping. The site also offers bandwidth provider news and other useful blog posts. It is probably the most aesthetically pleasing of the sites and simple to operate.
Claiming to be the "most accurate online bandwidth test," the site is certainly the most fun to watch as it sets about to do what it does best. The attractive graph provides real-time speeds, and you can also check your results against previous scores.
The most reliable and fastest of 38 worldwide servers is used to calculate your results. An attractive feature of SpeedOf.me is that the files uploaded and downloaded are done so in sequence to more realistically compare with real life usage.
With an interface looking for all the world like the gauges on some souped-up, high-tech sports car, Speed.io does not disappoint when it comes to performance. The site is simple to use, with a large "Start Speedtest" button, pointing the way forward. Besides the colorful dials, there is a progress bar along the bottom which allows you to track where you are in the test, with download, upload, connections, and ping all marked on the bar. If you are having a bad day at the office, Speed.io looks like it can put some excitement back into your day.
The last site we'll look at is TestMy.net. The site gives you the option to test your upload speed, download speed, or both. It also allows you to compare how you are performing against other benchmarks like your city average.
Perhaps the least attractive site we have looked at, it does succeed in packing a lot of information into one space. If you are looking for a comprehensive site, this may be the one for you.
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The Bandwidth site is my personal favourite for its ease of use, with speed.io coming in a close second. Speed.io and Bandwidth Place are close in terms of eye appeal, with Speed.io probably edging it. If you like the tried, tested and reliable approach then Speedtest.net is probably the best bet. I've predominantly been using this site for years. SpeedOf.me is the most interesting to watch while the test is taking place, and TestMy.net provides more information than most of us really need in an uninspiring but functional package.
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