How fast is my broadband?
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To get an accurate check of speed you should:
- make sure that you only have the computer you are testing
accessing the internet
- not touch the keyboard or mouse while the test is running.
Speeds will vary according to the time of day, day of the week
or other factors, so it's worth repeating the test to get the range
of speeds you will receive.
What speed do I need?
It depends what you need it for:
- for browsing the web and accessing emails, 512Kb will
probably be useable and 1Mb will give a reasonable experience
- for watching streamed video, for instance using
BBC iPlayer, you will need at least 2Mb for a useable
service and 3.5Mb for high definition.
My internet connection is slower then I expected
If your connection is slower than you expected find out how you
can improve your
internet speed in your home.
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