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Broadband speed test

Independent speed checker, powered by SamKnows. Gives you an accurate reading of your broadband speeds on any UK network.

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How to run an internet speed test


When you’re ready, tap ‘Start’ to run the internet speed check. If you want to run the test again in another room, just tap ‘Restart’ and the speed checker will do the rest.

How does the broadband speed checker work?

The broadband speed test mimics your online activities by uploading and downloading files, and measures how long this takes. Here’s how to check internet speed.

Get ready

To check broadband speed, please make sure you’re directly connected to your home network and not through a VPN (Virtual Personal Network). Use an Ethernet cable from the Hub to your device, if you can, for the most accurate results.

Tap 'Start'

Your device will try to download a file from the test server and the internet speed test will record the speed. Next, your device will try to upload a file to the server and the speed checker will measure the upload speed.

Results in a matter of seconds

You’ll see the test running in real-time, giving you the download speed test results, as well as the upload, latency and jitter speeds your device received during the broadband speed test. Repeat the test throughout the day and around your home to come up with average speeds.

What do the broadband speed test results show?

This internet speed check includes your download speed test results, upload speed, jitter and latency times, giving you an accurate overall picture of how fast your connection was to your device during the test.

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How long does it take to check my internet speed?

A matter of seconds. You might like to repeat the WiFi test in rooms around your home and at different times of the day, to come up with an average speed.

How accurate is the WiFi speed test?

Our broadband speed test is generally pretty accurate and the results are a good reflection of the speeds you were getting during the test. If anything, it’s more likely to underestimate speeds – it’s a strict, Ofcom-approved test (other speed checkers may not be). And if your results vary, don’t worry that’s normal, due to factors such as the time of day and number of devices sharing your broadband when you repeat the internet speed test.

Obviously, you can run a WiFi test to check what speeds you’re getting around your home. But using an Ethernet cable to connect your device to the Hub will give you the most accurate broadband speed test results and a faster connection than wireless broadband.

Ways to make your internet speed check more accurate

  • Close all other browser tabs, windows and apps.
  • Disconnect your other devices or consoles from the WiFi as they can interfere with the signal.
  • Switch off antivirus software and firewalls, if possible.
  • Check your device is not too old to be compatible with high broadband speeds.
  • Test your broadband speed at different times of day for an average reading.

Where can I compare broadband speeds?

See Gig1 Fibre Broadband to learn more about our fastest-ever speed and check availability where you are.

Provider
Fastest average speed

Virgin Media

1,130Mbps - 16x faster than UK average download speed*

Talk Talk

944Mbps

BT

910Mbps

Vodafone

900Mbps

EE

300Mbps

Sky

285Mbps

Post Office

67Mbps

Plusnet

66Mbps

*Subject to availability, network capacity and credit check. UK’s Fastest Major Broadband Provider: based on Gig1 Fibre avg download speed 1,130Mbps vs avg download speeds of major UK ISPs. To verify, see virginmedia.com/broadband/speeds. Virgin Fibre areas only. Availability of services from other major UK ISPs will differ from Virgin Media’s services. 16x faster: Virgin Media Gig1 Fibre Broadband (avg 1,130Mbps) vs UK average speed 8-10pm (69.4Mbps), based on UK Home Broadband Performance Report, measurement period March 2023.

Why should I test my broadband speed?

It’s quick and easy

The WiFi test is a useful tool to help you check how well your broadband is performing and whether you’re really getting the speeds you were promised. After taking the test, you can enter your result into our download time calculator to learn more about your home network.

Address any slow speeds

Internet speed test results can help you find and address potential connection problems, such as fixable WiFi blackspots.

Maximise fastest times of day

Multiple broadband speed tests over time can show if and when speed fluctuates. The best times to game online or make big downloads, for example, would be when connection is fastest.

Find right speeds for you

Results give you an idea of what speed you really need. The speed checker helps narrow your options when you’re looking for your next deal, such as cheap broadband deals or any broadband no setup offers, which are available from time to time.

FAQs

The legal stuff

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Virgin Media £200 bill credit: This offer is available to new Virgin Media customers ordering the Bigger Combo bundle + Movies, Bigger Combo bundle + Sports HD, Biggest TV bundle (including Volt variants), Mega Volt bundle, Mega TV + Sky Sports HD, Mega TV + Sky Cinema, or Mega TV + Sky Sports & Sky Cinema HD online. This bill credit will be applied to your first bill. Any that’s left over will be applied to your following bills until it’s all used. This offer runs between 10 June and 11.59pm on 16 June 2024.

No setup fee

This promotion means you won’t pay the usual setup fee of £35. No setup fee is available on all bundles, broadband & phone, and broadband only packages. If you can set up using a Self-Install pack, but choose to use an engineer for the installation, you’ll still be charged £30 for this service.

These prices are for new customers only.

Virgin Media services are only available in eligible Virgin Media network areas. Virgin TV 360 and, for the time being, home phone are not available in new network expansion areas.

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If you take a bundle with both Virgin Media and O2, you’ll have separate contracts and bills – one for Virgin Media, and another for O2.

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  • Get fast, reliable WiFi gliding through every room or money back
    Eligible Virgin Fibre areas only. WiFi Guarantee available with M50 broadband or faster. £8p/m extra or included with Gig1, Gig2 or Volt. At least 30Mbps download speeds in every room or £100 one-off credit. Up to 3 WiFi Pods if needed. Exclusions & legal stuff apply.

    †To verify, see: https://www.virginmedia.com/legal/awards. Best in Test: based on umlaut Fixed Broadband Benchmark 2023 comparing major UK ISPs on download speed, upload speed, latency and stability. Uswitch Most Popular Broadband Provider: based on Uswitch consumer research Dec 2022 - Jan 2023 conducted by Opinium comparing broadband sales volumes and overall customer satisfaction of major UK ISP operators, split equally to form a combined score. Best Combined Connectivity Experience: based on GWS test results Oct 2022-Apr 2023 comparing data connectivity performance of major UK mobile operators and their associated ISP partners to form a combined score across both mobile network and WiFi experience.