How fast is your internet connection … really?

How fast is your internet connection … really?
How fast is your internet connection … really?

Face it, we’ve all seen those commercials where one internet provider claims their speed is 10x faster than the competitor.  Look closely at their fine print – of course your claims of 15 Mbps will be 10x someone else’s 1.5 Mbps!

We have CenturyLink as our internet provider.  When an increase in speed came to our part of town, we jumped on it, and are currently at the 15 Mbps level.  Here’s what our modem says our speed is:

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Now, there’s this really nifty site called www.speedtest.net that does just what it says – tests your internet connection speed.  I wanted to see how speedy my internet service is, so I went there and ran a test.  You can click “Start Test”, or you can choose a different test host.  I chose a test host closer to my town than the suggested host – clicking on a different host automatically starts the test.

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I let the test do its thing, and a couple minutes later, I got the results …

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Not bad, given the distance we’re located from the CO.  If our download speed were in the low single digits, I might give tech support a call.

Just for a comparison, I ran a speed test with the same outfit through their app I downloaded for my phone.  Here’s the results …

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And that’s actually slow for LTE speeds here!  When Verizon first lit up their LTE service here, I was getting 40 Mbps download speeds, and I still regularly get over 20 Mbps.  Yep, my phone data is faster than my DSL.  It’s fun to compare numbers and see what’s faster where!  Take a minute to check out your internet speed at www.speedtest.net.