Since the internet first rolled out to consumers back in the 90s, the quest to discover the source of slow bandwidth has been an ongoing struggle. But is the source of your troubles your Internet Service Provider (ISP), the router or some other issue on the network? Here’s a handy checklist just about anyone can use to discover the source of your internet woes.

Speed versus bandwidth

When we talk about internet speeds, what we’re actually referring to is bandwidth. What you pay for with your ISP is an ‘up to’ amount of bandwidth. More bandwidth doesn’t make your internet faster, but if you’re using it all up with multiple content streams, it can seem slow. While it really doesn’t matter whether we say ‘speed’ or ‘bandwidth’, it’s worth noting that increasing your bandwidth won’t improve your internet speed if there’s a fault somewhere. So let’s learn how to diagnose the problem.

Conduct a speed test

Conducting a speed test can help locate the source of your internet dramas. To conduct the test, you will need a laptop or computer with a network port and a network cable to run straight into your router. This way, you’ve got the most stable connection between the device running the speed test and your router.

Now open up a browser window and navigate to www.speedtest.net and run the test. You may want to run it a handful of times over a 10 minute period to get a good sample size. Please note that this speed test is to servers outside of our network and your internet performance is often not best represented. For a more accurate look at your speed contact one of our Australian based support team members on 1300 880 905.

Protip: Mbps means Megabits per second and kbps stands for kilobits per second. 1000 kbps is about 1 Mbps.

Read the full article at the source: Router or ISP: What’s Slowing Your Internet Down? | Aussie Broadband

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