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Test and improve your broadband speed

Test your broadband speed

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For the most accurate results, use an ethernet cable to connect your computer to your router. If you need to test wirelessly, position yourself as close to your router as possible. Make sure that nothing else is using your internet connection, or running on your computer, while performing the test.

Get better broadband speeds

I have less than 24mbpsI have over 24mbps

What your connection speed means

Broadband speeds are measured in megabits per second (mbps). The higher the mbps, the speedier your online activity should be, meaning downloads complete more quickly, webpages load faster, streaming of music or videos begins more rapidly and any video calls or online games played should display smoothly.

The table below gives a rough idea of how your connection speed will affect the time it takes to do tasks online:

Internet connection speedTime to load a typical web pageTime to download a typical 5 minute songStreaming video quality
1mbps broadband 0.8 seconds 41secs Low quality
2mbps broadband 0.4 seconds 20 secs Medium quality
4mbps broadband 0.1 seconds 5 secs
6mbps broadband Instant 3.5 secs
8mbps broadband Instant 2.5 secs TV quality
12mbps broadband Instant 1 sec
24mbps broadband Instant Instant Superfast
50mbps broadband Instant Instant
100mbps broadband Instant Instant
+100mbps broadband Instant Instant Ultrafast

What speed you need

17mbps - Ideal for browsing and downloading

  • great for small households
  • good for multiple devices online
  • 30 mins to download an HD movie
  • good to stream online TV

38mbps - Great for multi-user downloading and streaming

  • ideal for families with many devices
  • better for multiple devices online
  • 15 min to download an HD movie
  • better to stream online TV

76mbps - Best for multi-user downloading and streaming

  • ideal for families with many devices who want the fastest possible speed
  • best for multiple devices online
  • 8 min to download an HD movie
  • the best to stream online TV

I have over 24mbps

If you have speeds of 24mbps or more, you already have superfast broadband (other websites might use different definitions of standard and superfast broadband).

You could be paying more than you need to for your broadband if you haven't switched to a faster speed or changed providers after your contract period has ended. The Boost Your Broadband website, powered by Ofcom, provides advice to help you get faster, cheaper broadband. You could also use a comparison site to check you're getting the best deal.

Ofcom gives advice on practical things you can do to improve your broadband speed.

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