speedknow has made the process easier than ever. All you have to do is click on the “Begin Test” button at the top of the home page, and our software will do the rest for you. It will locate your server and check it for you. In fact, we’ll check 3 different parts of your internet speed at a single click of a button!
Heads up - Expect download speed to be faster than the upload speed. The internet’s wired that way because less people actively upload content online than the number of people who read and watch items.
There isn’t one single answer for this. Things could change depending on whether you use a single computer or a network. They also depend on things you do on these sites and apps (for example, do you play a light-weight game or one that requires more computer resources?) and what else you have going on in the background of your computer.
That said, we’ve created a general list of speed recommendations by Mbps (megabits per second) that will fit the most common uses of these sites and apps, that we hope can be your guidepost as you check your internet speed with us.
The most common reason is that your antivirus program is keeping your computer from sending information to other sources to protect your privacy and safety. You can turn the antivirus program off for the moment it takes to run the test, then turn it back on when you’re done.
If you’ve turned off your antivirus program and speedknow still can’t check your upload speed, restart your computer. It’s a surprisingly effective solution.
The speedknow test and your browser both use HTTP, which is a traffic type. Our program is based on Flash, the component that works directly with your internet server to send and receive information and files.
When we find your internet server, we send it an action call based on HTTP. Then, we check how long it takes your internet server to respond.
We set a 10 second limit to ensure the speed test is as fast as possible. During these 10 seconds, we send data files for your computer to download and see how many of them it actually does. That’s how we know how fast it is.
We create a little bit of data and transport it to the internet server to see how long it takes it to send data. The data doesn’t include any of your personal information, it’s only tech data that’s not used anymore after the test is over.
Internet servers test internet speed by megabits per second, which are also known as Mbps. One megabit contains 1000 kilobits.
We measure the internet speed the same way, to make it easier for you to compare our results with your internet provider’s claim.
It’s important to compare the same measurement units, and we want to serve you the best way we can. That’s why we offer three additional measurement options:
A measurement unit used by many mobile providers until not so long ago. The tiniest data measurement unit is a bit. 1000 bits can fit into one kilobit.
Bytes are used to measure computer file sizes, which is why download programs list sizes in bytes. When using initials, use a capitalized B for bytes (KBps) and a regular b for bits (Kbps). Eight bits make up one byte. Similarly, eight kilobits amount to one kilobyte.
Megabytes are used to measure the vast majority of computer files. One megabyte is the same file size of eight megabits.