Broadband Speeds can be a confusing topic for anyone, so it’s important for us to be clear and help you to understand what broadband speeds are and what they mean to you.
BROADBAND SPEEDS YOU EXPERIENCE AT HOME
The actual speed that you experience on your PC, laptop or other devices connected to your home broadband is know as throughput speed.
This speed can be affected by factors such as the layout of your home, interference from other electrical devices, the number of people using the same website as you at the same time, and the amount of devices that are connected to your network.
This is because all broadband offerings are part of a contended service. This means that everyone is part of a shared network connection. Your broadband is much like a motorway, in that, when traffic becomes heavy and theres more people on the road, speeds slow down.
WHAT ARE DOWNLOAD AND UPLOAD SPEEDS?
This is the speed at which information is transferred from the internet to your computer. A faster download speed means that you can get images, music, videos, movies and TV shows from the internet much quicker than if you have a slow connection.
This is the speed at which information is transferred from your computer to the internet. The faster the upload speed, the quicker you can send emails, post pictures or upload videos. Typically, upload speeds are slower than download speeds as people generally do far more downloading than uploading, so downloading is given the priority. For ordinary households, an upload speed over 1Mbps is considered quite high.
HOW DO I FIND OUT THE SPEED I’M EXPERIENCING AT HOME?
There are a number of websites available that will measure your throughput speed on your computer or device. Visit SpeedTest.net or SpeedOf.Me to test the speeds that you are currently experiencing on your device. Please be aware that test results do vary and fluctuate, and it is advised that you use a range of tests to establish an average.