Knowing how fast your mobile, Wi-Fi and fixed broadband connections are is one thing, making good use of that knowledge is another. Ookla suggests several ways you can use their Speedtest results to improve your internet access. Here are some of their ideas along with a few of my own.
Discover which mobile operator provides the fastest service
There’s an easy and enjoyable way to find out which mobile service provider will give you the fastest service at any location you choose. Gather a group of friends with different mobile providers and have everyone run a Speedtest at the same time in the same place. Organize a speed test party and visit each friend’s house in turn. Make sure to turn off your Wi-Fi connection before you run the test. You or your friends may find you’ll get faster speeds if you switch service providers.
Find the best place to work when you’re not at home and “working from home”
Do you like to get out of the house when you’re “working from home”? Run a Speedtest at the places you like to work to discover which location gives you the speed you need to get your work done efficiently. Remember that Wi-Fi is shared by everyone on the same network, so speed can drop significantly if your favorite place is crowded with internet users. Run Speedtests as the crowd ebbs and flows to see how the number of users affects performance. You may find the best place to work depends on the time of day when you’re working.
Find and fix the Wi-Fi dead spots in your house
Run Speedtests in the areas where you use Wi-Fi to find out if you’re working in a dead spot. Game players can test ping along with upload and download speeds. If dead spots are a problem, move your router and run Speedtests to see if the problems are solved. If you can’t move the router to a good position, a mesh system like Google Wifi may be a better solution.
Are you getting the speed you paid for?
This one’s simple. Connect a laptop or desktop directly to the router with an ethernet cable and run a Speedtest. If the test returns speeds that are too low, give the results to your ISP as evidence that there’s a problem.
Is the problem your router or your ISP?
If your Wi-Fi connection seems slow, the problem may lie in your ISP or your router. You can gain insight into which it is with a pair of Speedtests. Connect a device like a laptop directly to the router with an ethernet cable and run a Speedtest. Disconnect the ethernet cable and run another test using Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi will always be a little slower, but if the difference between the two tests is large, the router is probably the problem. If there’s not much difference between the two tests, your ISP is the likely culprit.
These are only a few of the ways you can make good use of your Speedtest results. Check out Ookla for some more ideas and run some Speedtests to optimize your internet access.