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’re attempting to stream from the internet.
Broadband speeds in Ireland differ according to a number of factors such as:
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.
To get the most accurate measure of your broadband speed, take the following steps at the time the test is conducted:
When you click ‘Start speed test’, data ‘packets’ are sent from Switcher.ie’s Irish servers to your computer and back again.
This is ‘dummy’ broadband data which is designed to allow us to measure the time it takes for the data to reach your computer (the download speed) and be returned to our servers (the upload speed).
You can find out more about how our speed test works by clicking on the ‘Technical specifications’ link on the right-hand menu.
Remember that the test is a snapshot of your connection’s performance at the point in time that you carry out the test, rather than an overarching assessment.
Running the test at different times of the day and week will provide a more accurate picture of your broadband’s overall performance.
In order to obtain the most accurate result possible each time you carry out the test, you should:
The download speed is measured by timing the transfer of data packets over a HTTP connection.
The initial transfer of a small file to your computer enables the test to measure the approximate speed of the connection before transferring a larger file for the optimum performance result.
In order to assess the download speed capacity, multiple files are downloaded simultaneously so that the user’s bandwidth is ‘saturated’.
This provides a clear picture of the overall capability of the broadband connection to download more than one file at the same time.
Our speed test submits packets of data over an HTTP POST connection and times how long the transfers take, in order to work out an upload speed in Mbps.
The test submits multiple packets at the same time. This causes the user’s bandwidth to be saturated, providing an accurate picture of their upload speed capacity.
The Switcher Broadband Speed Test measures broadband download speeds up to and above 1000Mbps. It works with all broadband services in Ireland, including the fastest services offered by the likes of Virgin Media, Sky, eir and Vodafone.
The Switcher Broadband Speed Test is equally suited to measuring the speed of all types of internet connections including:
To get the most accurate test result, follow the instructions set out in the ‘How do I get accurate results?’ FAQ.
Make sure that you disable all other devices which use the connection and terminate applications which require a heavy demand on downloading data, as these will adversely affect the test result.
And, remember, using WiFi rather than a wired connection will also have a huge impact on the speeds you can achieve.
eir offers ultrafast broadband speeds, the fastest in Ireland. Their eir Fibre broadband packages have download speeds capable of reaching up to 1000Mbps and upload speeds up to 200Mbps.
Virgin Media is known to deliver superfast home broadband services in Ireland. All broadband packages include download speeds up to 500Mbps and upload speeds up to 50Mbps as standard.
When it comes to mobile broadband, each of the main service providers provide a similar level of service in terms of broadband speed. Remember, mobile broadband works off of a mobile phone signal, so if you live in an area with poor mobile phone signal, this will affect your broadband speed also.
At Switcher.ie, we pride ourselves on keeping abreast of the latest developments so make sure you keep an eye on our site to get the latest information on broadband speeds in Ireland.
If you’re receiving speeds much lower than you’d expect, and you’re using WiFi:
If you live in an apartment building or an area with lots of wireless modems and lots of devices you may experience some wireless interference.
Simply rebooting your modem - by unplugging it, leaving it for 30 seconds and plugging it back in - will automatically select the most appropriate channel for you.
Certain devices can cause problems with your WiFi. Try disconnecting all of your devices one by one to see if there’s a particular one that’s causing you a problem. If none of these solutions work, contact your provider to see if they can offer a solution.
If your provider can’t help, look around to see if you can find a deal that offers better speeds or a different type of connection.
Switcher.ie’s free broadband deal checker shows you all of the deals available in your area, along with information on the type of connection, and maximum speeds for each provider.
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