It’s always great when you can get the internet speed you’re paying for. However, many times, you get less than what you’re expecting in terms of speed. In some cases, it can be downright painful. Fortunately, there are ways to test the speed of your internet connection before and after the speed upgrade, which you make with your internet service provider. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of testing your internet speed and how you can do it effectively using a virtual private network (VPN).
Why Test Your Internet Speed?
If you’re asking this question, then you most likely already know the importance of testing your internet speed. However, just in case you need some reminding, here are the top three reasons why you should test your Internet connection speed:
- The performance of your device matters, which is what you get with a VPN. That is, the speed you experience on a given day depends on the quality of the service you get from your internet service provider. Since speed is a major factor in your browsing experience, you should be doing everything you can to ensure you’re getting the best possible speed. Testing is critical for this reason. In most cases, you can speed up your connection by as much as 30% simply by selecting the right speed plan from your internet service provider. For those that don’t know, 30% represents a significant increase in speed. And while we’re on the topic, most internet service providers offer a dedicated speed tool on their website that you can use to test your speed without having to call them up directly. This is especially helpful if you are on the go and don’t have access to a computer. Most importantly, make sure you test your speed before you make any important online transactions (e.g., orders or banking). This ensures that you’re not accidentally charged extra for latencies caused by poor network connections. (More information on this can be found on this Digital Trends article from February 2020: https://www.digitaltrends.com/blog/how-to-test-your-internet-speed.)
- Your speed determines how good your experience is going to be. As we mentioned above, there are multiple aspects that influence your browsing speed, including the speed of your internet service provider and the speed of your device. If you are on a limited data plan, then it’s even more important to ensure that your internet connection is as fast as possible. Otherwise, you might experience unexpected delays when browsing the web. This could lead to errors or omissions that are frustrating to revisit once your data expires. To give you an example, let’s say you’re on a 1 GB data plan and you click on a link that takes you to a site that doesn’t support 1 GB links. In that case, you’ll only be able to view that site in a limited way until you either pay for an additional data plan or go over your 1 GB allotment. (This happens a lot when you’re on holiday and don’t have access to your own device for checking email.)
- It is essential to monitor your internet connection speed. Just in case you didn’t know, your internet connection speed is essentially the rate at which information is transferred over the internet. The higher the speed, the better the experience for users browsing the web. Most people are not aware of this fact, which is why you should always test your internet connection speed at least once a month. This is especially important if you’re on wireless, as the signal can be impacted by a number of factors, including temperature, moisture, and pollution. If you want to check the speed of your internet connection, you can use free tools like Google’s online speed test. Simply search for it and you’ll see several options that you can compare and choose from. Many people prefer to use VPNs to test their internet connection speed because they want to ensure they’re not mistakenly charged for slow speeds that are actually due to their internet service provider.
How To Test Your Internet Speed With A VPN
Now that you’re well on your way to becoming an expert, let’s move on to the fun part: How to test your internet speed with a VPN. First, you’ll need to determine whether you’re using a wired or wireless connection. If you have a wired connection, then you can use something like the official Netgear tool (for Mac users) or the built-in tool on your router (for Windows users). These are all readily available on your device’s dashboard or via the help section of your device’s settings menu.
To determine your wireless connection speed, you can use your device’s built-in speed test or download a third-party app for that purpose. We recommend using an app that is known for being accurate, such as Network Speed Test by IPVanish. After you’ve tested your wired connection speed, you can work on increasing your wireless connection speed. The best way to do this is through software-based optimization (SBO). This involves using specialized tools to improve the speed and reliability of your wireless connection.
What Is SBO?
Software-based optimization (SBO) is a type of wireless connection speed optimization (WCSO) that involves using software to improve the speed and reliability of your wireless connection. Think of it as a combination of speed and reliability boosting software and drivers that are designed for your specific device. SBO works by identifying areas of your wireless connection that can be improved upon, which in turn, could improve your browsing experience. In a nutshell, software-based optimization is a form of computer software that can be used to control and monitor your computer’s network connections.
There are multiple software-based optimization tools available, but the two most popular ones are WiFi Analyzer and iStargaze. We recommend using these apps to determine the speed and reliability of your wireless connection. Each of these apps is readily available for download from an app store.
How Do I Use These Apps?
Once you’ve downloaded and installed one of these apps, you can use it to test the speed and reliability of your wireless connection. Simply launch it, and you’ll see a list of available networks (also known as “hotspots”). To test the speed of your wireless connection, connect to a network that is close to your area code (e.g., 201 for Seattle) and ensure that the network is open. You can also use a VPN to encrypt your internet traffic, preventing potential problems with network access. Once you’ve connected to a VPN, you can use the network tools in the app to check your IP address, DNS, and MAC address. From here, you can determine the speed of your internet connection. To measure the speed, simply enter a website that is known for being fast (e.g., google.com) and hit enter. If everything goes well, you should see a green bar appear at the top of your screen. If you don’t see a green bar after a couple of minutes, then there’s a chance your internet service provider is throttling (slowly limiting) the speed of your connection.
What If My Internet Service Provider Throws A Fit?
If your internet service provider (ISP) isn’t willing to grant you access to a healthy bandwidth, then it’s time to look for another ISP. In many cases, your internet connection will be throttled (slowly limited) by your ISP in an effort to keep you from consuming too much bandwidth. If that happens, then you’ll either need to change your plan or find an alternative ISP. You can’t control how much bandwidth your ISP gives you, so this is a potential problem that you should be aware of. Fortunately, there are more options for internet service providers than ever before, so finding one that suits your needs shouldn’t be too hard. Many ISPs also offer a no-contract plan, which means you don’t need to sign up for a fixed period of time in order to utilize their services. Having a no-contract plan usually means you can change your ISP whenever you want. While you’re at it, consider purchasing a VPN to ensure you’re always protected when accessing the internet.