What does this HTML5 speed test do?
This speed test will test your Internet connection speed, including a significant amount of additional information such as latency/ping, jitter, download speed, upload speed, buffer bloat, and packet loss, in order to provide you a detailed report on what type of services your connection can support. These services include
VoIP (voice over IP), live video streaming such as YouTube or Netflix, gaming, and more. Unlike most speed tests, the SourceForge speed test does not require Flash or Java, and instead uses more universally compatible HTML5, which allows the test to run on all devices including tablets or smartphones. While the speed test is running, the Internet speed meters will animate. These Internet speedometers will provide information about your Internet connection speed in realtime.
If you're interested in a license for this HTML5 speed test for use on your own website, please click the icon in the testing window.
What makes my connection VoIP capable? First, you should test your internet to see what speeds you are currently running in your home or office. If you receive a satisfactory result, then great! You are ready for a VoIP service. An unsatisfactory result, however, can be remedied by checking and performing the following steps:
Check the total number of devices on your network. The larger the number of devices on your network, the more competition there is for your bandwidth. This is often referred to as “network congestion.”
You can monitor your network using
network monitoring software.
Inspect your wiring. Poor results can occur due to loose connections or old wiring in your network.
Update your hardware. Out of date devices (like modems and routers) can significantly slow down your connection.
We aim to provide you with detailed results so that you can know your speed, quality of connection, frequency of data packets, and other pertinent information. Our test is structured so that you can better understand how your current Internet connection functions and whether or not it is currently VoIP-capable.
What makes for a quality Internet connection?
Understanding your speed test results is entirely important, especially because your results can help you determine what your connection is capable of handling. But to boil it down simply: your results are how efficiently data flows through your connection. This is especially important for a VoIP phone solution, which relies upon a solid Internet connection to send, transfer, compile, and receive data packets (which are transformed into audio).
It is also important to determine what type of VoIP you need: business VoIP or residential VoIP.
For business VoIP, one thing you should take into consideration is how bandwidth is being distributed. Your devices are all competing for bandwidth; and naturally, the more devices on your network, the slower your connection can be. This is also the case for the number of employees on your system.
For residential VoIP, your connection is shared between all of your home devices. Think online gaming, downloads, video streaming services, mobile and tablets. These are all popular uses for a home Internet connection. But this might not be the only hinderance to your overall connection speed. Select Internet Service Providers (ISPs) stream data differently based up on what they believe are popular uses for a home Internet connection.
What do my test results mean?
After running the speed test, you will be presented with a number of results in different formats. But what do these numbers mean? Here is a brief explanation as to what your test results mean in relation to your current broadband connection:
the measurement of the time it takes a single packet to be sent from your computer to a remote computer and then back.
the measurement of consecutive latency test results. Your ideal jitter result is as close to zero as possible.
3 Download Speed:
less a measurement of speed, this is how many bits per second can be downloaded from one computer to another via the Internet.
4 Upload Speed:
less a measurement of speed, this is how many bits per second can be uploaded from one computer to another via the Internet.
5 Buffer Bloat:
a measure of latency, it is a test performed when your connection is under stress. This is usually achieved by running a bandwidth test to maximize your connection.
6 Packet Loss:
the measurement of how many data packets arrive at their intended destination when sent from a computer. Ideal packet loss is zero percent.
How can I improve my connection?
For VoIP to work efficiently, you need to have an Internet connection that is reliable and high-speed. That being said, there are a few things you can do to improve your current Internet connection to ensure that you are running the fastest speeds possible:
Run our Internet speed test above - running our speed test is the first thing you can do to determine what speeds you are currently running. If your results displayed are appropriate for VoIP, then you can safely say that your connection is not to blame. You can then contact your
If you receive results that are less than satisfactory, you’ll first want to check and see what other devices are competing for your bandwidth. This means that you should make a list of all of the phones, tablets, computers, etc. that are currently using your Internet connection.
Do not use VoIP with a WiFi connection to test your speed or run a VoIP system. Instead, you will want to plug your VoIP adapter or device directly into the modem that your ISP gave you. By doing so, you will be able to directly access your home or business network to assess any issues. This will keep any outside interference from inhibiting your testing abilities.
If you still receive unsatisfactory speed test results, the issue is very likely with your Internet Service Provider (ISP). You will want to contact them directly for support so that you can make sure your connection is VoIP-capable. However, if you receive satisfactory results, then you can assume that your home or business network is the problem.
To assess home or business network issues, you will want to plug a computer directly into the next device that is upstream of your modem, which is usually your router. After hardwiring into this device, you will want to run the speed test again. Satisfactory results will mean that your network behind your router is the culprit; and you will therefore be able to eliminate your ISP and your router as potential problems.
You can also employ network troubleshooting software to diagnose any network issues.
Follow your wiring upstream. You’ll want to repeat the same process as above for all of your devices connected through your network. Run a speed test at each interval until you receive an unsatisfactory speed test result. This will help you to determine where the problem exists in your network. And sometimes the fix is as simple as just replacing an Ethernet cable or a piece of hardware.
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