As the use of technology increases in schools, whether it be students using their devices in the classroom or instructors streaming videos and utilizing online learning platforms to enrich their curriculums, you might be experiencing challenges when downloading content, opening web pages, streaming videos, images, or music. If you find yourself becoming frustrated with slow internet speeds, you might consider running an internet connection speed test. Running a speed test is a great place to begin troubleshooting the issue.
A speed test is a non-obtrusive test that determines your internet connection speed based on the amount of time it takes to upload and download files. Keep in mind that the results of these tests may vary significantly day to day and even at different times of the day as your network’s bandwidth is being consumed. However, running a speed test can provide you with early warning signs of potential problems or insufficient bandwidth issues.
There are several free speed tests available on the internet and more than likely your internet provider can direct you to their test site. Once you have selected your desired speed test source, simply follow the prompts. Typically, these tests are quite simple, and are just a simple click of a button. Once you have completed the test you’ll want to compare your test results to your service agreement. I suggest you contact your internet service provider if you believe that you are having a problem or if you need to increase your bandwidth.