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How to Check Internet Speed on your Windows Computer

Checking the internet speed on a Windows PC isn’t really that difficult and can be done in a number of ways. However, it depends on what you are trying to check, if you just want to check your download speed, you can use Google Chrome or any other browser and hop onto the internet to check for a speed test tool. However, there are also some other ways to make this test a little bit more detailed or specific.

Check your Internet Speed Online
Check your Internet Speed Online

Depending upon your need, you might need to check or test your connection to a particular server. Therefore, we have written this guide to provide you with a couple of methods to completely analyze your internet speed and we will also be explaining the stats. If you have a wireless connection, it is mostly recommended to connect your computer through a LAN cable to avoid any jitter due to electrical interference.

Ping:

A ping is a signal sent to a host that receives it and then confirms that this signal has been received. Basically, in networking, a ping test is used to measure the time it took for the host to receive the signal and respond. This is measured in “MS” or “MilliSeconds” which means that 1ms is effectively equal to 1/1000th of a second.

Ping is mostly used in Video games to determine the connection speed with the game’s server and the lower the ping time, the better and more stable the gameplay. This type of test required you to have the IP of the server that you want to receive/connect to. If you have the IP, you can simply get the ping stats by following the steps below.

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  1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open the Run prompt.
  2. Type in “Cmd” and press “Enter” to launch into the command prompt.
    Typing in cmd
    Typing in cmd
  3. Inside the command prompt, type in “ping xxx.xxx.x” where the “xxx.xxx.x” represents the IP of the server.
  4. Now, you will see a detailed response with the time it takes for the packets to be sent and received back, the command prompt will also show you the ping in ms.
  5. Using this method, you are able to successfully measure your latency to a server.

Download/Upload Speed:

This is the time that your internet takes to upload or download data from the internet. Basically, this is a measure of the rate at which the internet connection is able to transfer data. This depends on the bandwidth provided by your ISP and can be upgraded in most cases if you feel like the speed that you are getting is low. For this purpose, you can use any tool that you like but personally, we prefer to use Speedcheck as it provides pretty accurate data to completely analyze your internet speed. All you have to do is click on the above link and select the “Start Test” option and the tool will start monitoring your internet connection and provide you with the stats by the time it ends.

Monitor Your Connection Speed from within Windows:

Windows also has a way for you to check if your connection with the router is able to support the full bandwidth that your computer is receiving. Basically, this is a way to ensure that you aren’t being limited by the connection or the network card that you are using. In order to monitor this, follow the steps below.

  1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open the Run prompt.
  2. Type in “Ncpa.cpl” and press “Enter”.
  3. Right-click on the Wi-Fi connection that you are using and select the “Status” option.
  4. In front of the “Speed” entry, you will see the connection speed that your computer is getting.
    Checking Internet Speed
    Checking Internet Speed

Basically, these are the stats that you have to look out for while measuring your speed online. If at all you have any further queries, you can contact us and we will make sure to respond.

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