Internet Speed Test
Curious About Home Internet Speeds? Put Yours to the Test.
Your internet speed refers to how much data and information can be transferred over the web on a single connection at any given time. Use our free online internet speed test to check your current home internet connection under everyday conditions.
Finding the right speed gives you the ability to seamlessly stream or game — without worrying about buffering or lag times. Your high-speed internet should be up to the task.
Try it now to check your internet connection. You can even start any videos or games you’d typically be streaming before you run the test. Then keep reading to see how your current speed compares to EarthLink’s HyperLink speeds.
What Your Speed Test Results Mean
Now that you’ve run a speed test, here’s how to understand your results.
The test server shows the location the speed test was run through. The closer the server, the less distance your data has to travel — and the faster your internet.
Download speed is how much data can be downloaded from the server per second. Streaming videos, music, and playing games require large amounts of data to be sent from the server, so these activities function better with faster download speeds. Download speed is also the number most prominently displayed on most internet plans.
Latency describes how much time your computer needs to send signals to a server and receive the response back. Essentially, it’s a time delay or lag, so the lower it is, the better.
Retransmissions can happen when the network is congested, and data (also called packets) gets dropped. When a packet is dropped, it has to be re-sent. Ideally, this number should be very low but unless your retransmission rate is above 2%, you shouldn’t notice any difference in your service.
You can also run your test again. Running speed tests at different times of day can tell you if your internet slows down during peak hours, while moving your devices to different rooms can indicate areas with weaker connections.
Ultimately, the internet speed test gives you the information you need to take control of your plan, and upgrade your internet speed if necessary.
Why Your Home Internet Speed Matters
The internet has become a nearly essential part of our day-to-day life. The U.S. has approximately 284 million active internet users nationwide according to Statista — and nearly 86% of Americans accessed the internet in 2020.
Reliable, fast speeds are important to make sure you stay connected to your favorite online activities. Don’t let slow internet stop you from enjoying your favorite shows, connecting with family and friends, working or going to school from home — or anything else.
For help getting the most out of your whole home WiFi service, watch this video about high-speed internet performance from EarthLink’s Chief Product Officer.
Not Sure What Internet Speed Is Right For You?
Some ISPs want to sell you huge internet packages that simply don’t fit how you use the internet. Or offer you overstuffed bundles and complicated packages with short-lived teaser rates, and contracts that leave you feeling stuck. With Earthlink, it doesn’t have to be that complicated.
Our experienced team can walk you through all the options to find the right connection — at the right price — for your home.
The right residential high-speed internet plan for 1-2 devices. Great for occasional streaming and gaming, photo sharing, and downloading music.
Amazing speed for up to 5 individual devices. Faster download speeds for streaming the latest shows, playing online, and sharing photos and music.
Great for up to 12 devices. Remote school and working from home, rapid streaming, downloading large files, multiplayer gaming, video conferencing, and more.
1 Gbps (1000 Mbps)
Created for unlimited devices. Rapid streaming, downloading large files, multiplayer gaming, music and photo sharing, and smart home devices.
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