Testing the Performance of your Broadband Connection

When should I test my connection?

It’s a good idea to remember that you could get different results at 8AM compared to 8PM (when the Internet is generally at its busiest).

It’s also a good idea to remember that, if you use your connection to download or upload large amounts of data, it might be subject to traffic management at certain times of day. To find out more, have a look at our Traffic Management page.

How can I test my connection?

There are three different ways of testing your connection:

Here’s another tip. If you’re using L, XL or XXL broadband and Windows XP, you’ll need to optimise your PC to get the best from your connection. It’s simple to do and you only need to do it once for each Windows XP PC that you connect.

You’ll find full instructions for optimisation here:

Getting the most from your broadband connection.