How to run the speed test
We’ve teamed up with Ookla to bring you this speed test.
This test will work for any of these types of internet services:
- 3G /4G
Simply click on the ‘Go’ button above, to get results of your download and upload speeds in just a few seconds.
You’ll also get a ‘Ping’ and ‘Jitter’ reading which are explained in the FAQ Glossary below.
What to check before you run the speed test
There are a few things you can do before you start the speed test to get more accurate results, for example, cancelling downloads and running the test at different times of the day.
Our guide: Broadband speeds in Ireland, covers the full checklist and ways to improve your broadband speed.
What do my results mean?
Your results show how quickly (in Mbps) you can download or send (upload) content on the device you’re testing at that particular time and how much lag (ping) there is.
Ookla covers off many of the factors that can affect your results in their frequently asked questions, including why you may get different results for different devices.
Check your results against the advertised ‘up to’ speed of the internet service you’re using.
Remember that hardly anyone gets this speed, which is a maximum, not a guarantee.
How to switch your broadband provider
If you’re still struggling with a slow connection after ruling out the possible causes in our guide How to speed up slow broadband, you could switch to a new provider.
Our guide to switching broadband providers walks you through the process step by step and can help answer many of your queries.
Check broadband deals in your area now and compare types, maximum speeds, usage limits and more at a glance.
Speed test FAQs
What does Jitter mean?
This is the variation in ping or latency, and it’s an average of the lowest and highest response times in milliseconds. It’s also known as Packet Delay Variation (PDV).
Ideally, the jitter should be below 30ms as higher readings are likely to result in buffering and lagging.
What does Mbps stand for?
Mbps stands for megabits per seconds and one megabit is equal to one million bits of information.
What does Ping mean?
Ping is like latency and measures the time (in milliseconds) it takes for your device to respond after you’ve sent a request.
The higher the ping, the more lagging or buffering you’ll experience. If you’re into gaming, this is particularly frustrating but even for general browsing, pages will take a long time to load.
As a guide, a ping below 50ms is good and above 150ms will result in lagging.