Charles in Baltimore, MD asks:
My computer at home seems very slow and a friend told me it could be a bandwidth problem. What is bandwidth and how can I find out if this is what’s causing the issue?
Bandwidth is defined as the maximum data transfer rate of a network or Internet connection. It measures how much data can be sent over a specific connection in a given amount of time. (TechTerms.com)
To find out if you are receiving the amount of bandwidth you are paying for, test this online. I recommend Speed Test to accomplish this. It is free, fast and easy to use. This service performs over 50 million tests every month. If you create an account on the Speed Test site, you can log in to test your bandwidth and then compare that to previous tests you have done to see a history.
Go to http://www.speedtest.net/. You will see a laptop graphic in the middle of the home screen with a green “Begin Test” button. When you click on that button, a large speedometer appears and your ISP (Internet Service Provider) is identified. In our case, it’s Comcast Business Communications. Then the test begins. Your computer will be tested for ping, upload and download speeds and you will be shown the results when the test is complete. Compare these to the speeds you were promised by your ISP.
You are given the opportunity to share the test results via Twitter or Facebook. Results can also be shared by copying the url and pasting it into an email.
For more tips and advice on how to ensure that your internet connection is as fast and secure as possible, call Teltek IT! We would be happy to come to your home or business for a site survey to evaluate your equipment, configuration and other factors.
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