About the speed test
Broadband speeds can have a considerable effect upon the efficiency of downloads, especially larger files such as music or films. Slow broadband can be frustrating, especially if you are attempting to stream from the internet.
Broadband speeds in Ireland differ according to a number of factors, like the type of connection you have, whether you’re using a WiFi or wired connection, and what device you’re using.
Switcher.ie’s free Broadband Speed Test measures your broadband speed rapidly irrespective of whether you have a broadband, ADSL, cable, satellite, wireless and or 3G /4G service.
If you want to get the most accurate measure of your broadband speed, make sure you take the following steps at the time that the test is conducted:
- Cancel any downloads, including those initiated by background programs, and close any programs that require a constant internet connection such as online radio or RSS feeds. All of these things would adversely affect your broadband speed.
- Connect your computer to your router with a cable, if possible. While wireless connections are very convenient, they do not always utilise the fastest broadband speeds, so a wired connection will give you a more accurate reading of the speed coming into your home. The physical distance from the router, the placement of the router, and the device you’re using are just some of the factors that can have an adverse affect on your broadband speed when you’re using WiFi.
- Turn off certain appliances, like baby monitors, microwaves and cordless doorbells, as these can interfere with wireless connections.
- Turn off devices that are connected to the internet, apart from the one you’re testing your speed on. Multiple connections to your broadband service will affect the speed recorded in the test.
- Keep your device in the same place while the test is going on if you are testing the speed of your 3G / 4G connection. Although 3G / 4G is designed to offer you internet on the move, the quality and speed of the connection will vary considerably from place to place, so only run the test when you are stationary and have a strong signal.
- Choose a quiet time of day to conduct the test, when broadband download demand is low. Peak times, especially during evenings, put your ISP under pressure and broadband speeds can suffer, especially if the ISP activates 'throttling' (the artificial slowing down of the network).