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[[File:NCFSpeedtest.PNG|right|thumb|400px|Running [http://speedtest.ncf.ca/ speedtest.ncf.ca].]]
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[[File:NCFSpeedtest.PNG|right|thumb|424x424px|Running [http://speedtest.ncf.ca/ speedtest.ncf.ca].]]
To find the [[DSL speed|speed]] of your DSL connection, try a speed test website and and click on '''Start'''. It will time how long it takes to download and upload test files to their site to tell you the speed of your connection.
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To find the [[DSL speed|speed]] of your DSL connection, try a speed test website and and click on '''Start''' and wait for the test to complete in a few minutes. Ideal test conditions:
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# A proper test of your connection should use an Ethernet wired connection.
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#* If you test both '''Ethernet''' and [[About WiFi|Wi-Fi]] and find a significant difference in speed then that is due to the losses and [[About WiFi#Interference|interference involved in Wi-Fi]].
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# With only one device on your network using the internet connection.
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# With background internet applications and processes like cloud services (like iCloud, Google Drive or torrents) ended.
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# With only the tab for the speed test open in the browsers.
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It is normal for the download speed to be much faster than the upload speed. This is intentional, so that you are able to download big files quickly. Normal, good results for 6 Mbps service would be something like 5.2 Mbps download, and about 600 Kbps upload.
  
A proper test of your connection should use an Ethernet wired connection. If you test both Ethernet and Wi-Fi and find a difference in speed then that is due to the losses and interference involved in Wi-Fi. For more information see [[about wireless]].
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If your results are not as good as you would expect, try [[Troubleshooting]] for ideas on what to check to improve your DSL performance.
 
 
It is normal for the download speed to be much faster than the upload speed. This is intentional, so that you are able to download big files quickly.
 
 
 
Normal, good results for 6 Mbps service would be something like 5.2 Mbps download, and about 600 Kbps upload.
 
 
 
If your results are not as good as you would expect, try asking your neighbours what speeds they are getting. That will give you an indication of how well your neighbourhood is being served by Bell. If your speeds are slower than your neighbours then check [[Troubleshooting]] for ideas on what to check to improve your DSL performance.
 
  
 
Speed tests:
 
Speed tests:
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*[http://speedtest.teksavvy.com/ TechSavvy Speed Test] (requires  Adobe Flash)
 
*[http://speedtest.teksavvy.com/ TechSavvy Speed Test] (requires  Adobe Flash)
 
*[http://www.meter.net/ Meter.net Speed Test] (HTML5 test - '''does not''' require Adobe Flash or Java, but will require a [[browsers|modern browser]] that can use HTML5)
 
*[http://www.meter.net/ Meter.net Speed Test] (HTML5 test - '''does not''' require Adobe Flash or Java, but will require a [[browsers|modern browser]] that can use HTML5)
*[http://speedof.me/ Speed of Me Speed Test] (HTML5 test - '''does not''' require Adobe Flash or Java, but will require a [[browsers|modern browser]] that can use HTML5)
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*[http://speedof.me/ Speedof.Me Speed Test] (HTML5 test - '''does not''' require Adobe Flash or Java, but will require a [[browsers|modern browser]] that can use HTML5)
 
*[http://www.bandwidthplace.com/ Bandwidth Place Speed Test] (HTML5 test - '''does not''' require Adobe Flash or Java, but will require a [[browsers|modern browser]] that can use HTML5)
 
*[http://www.bandwidthplace.com/ Bandwidth Place Speed Test] (HTML5 test - '''does not''' require Adobe Flash or Java, but will require a [[browsers|modern browser]] that can use HTML5)
*[http://performance.cira.ca/ Cira .CA Performance Test] (HTML5 test - '''does not''' require Adobe Flash or Java, but will require a [[browsers|modern browser]] that can use HTML5)
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*[http://performance.cira.ca/ Cira Performance Test] (HTML5 test - '''does not''' require Adobe Flash or Java, but will require a [[browsers|modern browser]] that can use HTML5)
 
*[https://fast.com/ Netflix-operated Speed Test] (HTML5 test - '''does not''' require Adobe Flash or Java, download-only)
 
*[https://fast.com/ Netflix-operated Speed Test] (HTML5 test - '''does not''' require Adobe Flash or Java, download-only)
  
 
'''Note:''' Because different test servers are located in different geographical places their results will not be comparable to each other and testing the same DSL connection on different speed tests will give different results. If you use a speed test to monitor your connection over time, then always use the same test.
 
'''Note:''' Because different test servers are located in different geographical places their results will not be comparable to each other and testing the same DSL connection on different speed tests will give different results. If you use a speed test to monitor your connection over time, then always use the same test.

Revision as of 01:57, 28 July 2018

To find the speed of your DSL connection, try a speed test website and and click on Start and wait for the test to complete in a few minutes. Ideal test conditions:

  1. A proper test of your connection should use an Ethernet wired connection.
  2. With only one device on your network using the internet connection.
  3. With background internet applications and processes like cloud services (like iCloud, Google Drive or torrents) ended.
  4. With only the tab for the speed test open in the browsers.

It is normal for the download speed to be much faster than the upload speed. This is intentional, so that you are able to download big files quickly. Normal, good results for 6 Mbps service would be something like 5.2 Mbps download, and about 600 Kbps upload.

If your results are not as good as you would expect, try Troubleshooting for ideas on what to check to improve your DSL performance.

Speed tests:

Note: Because different test servers are located in different geographical places their results will not be comparable to each other and testing the same DSL connection on different speed tests will give different results. If you use a speed test to monitor your connection over time, then always use the same test.