Broadband Ireland
Irish Broadband Speed Test

♦ Speed Test

Broadband Speed

Broadband internet means a fast internet connection, which has surpassed the original “dial up” internet connection which was much slower. The introduction of broadband has made it possible to watch live broadcasts over the internet, download music and films much more quickly, as well as do anything a dial up connection was capable of, only much quicker! However, your location can have an effect on the maximum speed of your internet connection.

Internet Connection

Time Lapse to load webpage
(seconds)

Average Time to download one song (mins/seconds)

Video Quality
(Streaming)

56k dial up modem

14

12m30s

Very Poor

256k broadband

3

3m

Poor

512k broadband

1.6

1m30s

Low

1Mb broadband

0.8

41s

Watchable

2Mb broadband

0.4

20s

Good

4Mb broadband

0.1

5s

Good

6Mb broadband

Instantly

Instantly

Excellent

8Mb broadband

Instantly

Instantly

As good as your TV

key: k - kilobits per second, Mb – megabits per second

The speed available with broadband now means that you can view web pages with very little delay. It is also possible to download a song or video whilst watching/listening to it (this is called Streaming and is possible with a fast broadband connection as it takes less time to download the song/video than it’s actual play time).

The speed of internet connection you need obviously depends on what you intend to use the internet for, the above table gives you a clear guide to what kinds of speed you can expect from your internet connection.

Broadband Speed Test

Broadband providers all boast that their speeds are up to a certain level. But, this does not give you a clear indication of how fast your actual connection is. Our broadband speed tester tool is designed to give you an accurate reading of your individual connection. In order to get an accurate reading you should refrain from using your internet connection for anything else until the test is completed. Simply click the sped tester tool above and watch and wait as your upload and download speed is measured in real time.

The test will show you the actual speed of your connection as well as the speed quoted by your provider so you can see if you are getting what you pay for.

Our test will also show both download and upload speeds. Again, it is important for you to identify which is most important to you and what you use the internet for the most. The download speed refers to the speed at which you download from the internet, for example, downloading music, watching videos, viewing web pages. The upload speed relates to the speed at which information is sent back from computer to internet, for example, when making a Skype call or for online gaming.

It is important to note that the more computers that share the broadband connection the slower the individual connection speeds will be. If you are looking to download large music or video files it is advisable to do this at a time when other people that share your connection are not themselves online.