About the speed test
Broadband speeds in Ireland differ according to a number of factors and can have a considerable effect upon the efficiency of downloads, especially larger files such as music or films. This can be frustrating, more so if you are attempting to stream from the internet. The Switcher Broadband Speed Test, which is a free service, measures your broadband speed rapidly irrespective of whether you have a broadband, ADSL, cable, satellite, wireless and or 3G /4G service.
In order to obtain the most accurate broadband speed test result, ensure you take the following steps at the time that the test is conducted:
- Downloads - cancel any downloads, including those initiated by background programs, as this will adversely affect your broadband speed. Also you should close any programs that require a constant internet connection such as online radio or RSS feeds.
- Wireless routers - 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. Thick walled buildings and the physical distance from the router are just two factors that can have an adverse affect on your broadband speed when using a wireless connection.
- Multiple users - turn off devices which utilise your broadband connection in addition to your home computer such as smartphones and iPads, as multiple connections to your broadband service will affect the speed recorded in the test.
- Network coverage - stay still 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.
- Broadband network congestion - choose a quiet time of day 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).