Speed Test: for Devices Connected via WiFi

These steps will take you though the Speed Test for Devices connected to the Internet via WiFi.

But before we start doing these speed tests, we first need to understand what other technologies can cause interference with your WiFi. 

Understanding WiFi Interferences

What other technologies can cause interference with your WiFi? Typically these devices operate on the 2.4Ghz frequency. The following are just some of the devices which might cause problems: Wireless cctv cameras, Audio/Video senders Wireless reversing cameras in nearby cars. Some cordless phones may cause problems. Baby monitors. Microwaves when in use can also cause […]

The other big factor to be aware of when doing Internet speed tests from WiFi devices is their distance from the WiFi Access Point (i.e. usually your Internet router).  So as well as testing the ISP managed Connections of A, B & C, as shown in the diagram below, there is an additional test we run, to test the Connection D, when compared with testing from devices connected via network cable.

With 3 different tests we can see where the problem is in the ISP connections, and what can be done.

Before you begin, you need to start your Speedtest tool. See How to run a Speed Test for more information, and make sure you are connected to your WiFi access point (& not not your 3G/4G Mobile Internet).

The WiFi symbol here, shows this device was connected to the WiFi.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Internode, iiNet, and TPG are all one and the same, so if one of those is your ISP, on Connection A, B & D tests you can choose any of these 3 as as ISP Server. However you also then need to ensure you do not select any of these 3 when testing Connection C.

Connection A Test – Closest to the Router, connecting to your Service Provider’s closest Server

  1. Be as close to your Internet router as is possible.
  2. Select Server – the Speedtest will select a server which is close to you, but ultimately, we want to select a server being run by your ISP, most of the large ISPs run a speedtest.net server in each state.  So click on blue underlined link which says what server you will be using, and then select an appropriate server.
  3. Start Speed Test – click on the big “GO” button.
  4. Note Speeds – once the test is complete, note down the download & upload speeds your connection was able to reach.

Connection D Test: In the Problem Spot, connecting to your Service Provider’s closest Server

  1. Now, go to a location where you find you have problems using the Internet and do the following steps.
  2. Select Server – leave the server choice on the one you selected when testing Connection A above.
  3. Start Speed Test – click on the big “GO” button.
  4. Note Speeds – once the test is complete, note down the download & upload speeds your connection was able to reach.

Compare the Speeds between the test close to the Router and the one further away.

If this test produced results which are much lower than the first test when testing Connection A, then it’s quite possible that the trouble you are having is to do with the WiFi performance of your Internet Router as well as that of the WiFi device you are using to perform the tests.

If your Internet router has been supplied by your ISP you will need to contact them for support.  If not, then perhaps you will need to upgrade your router, or use WiFi range extenders,  see our page of top performing NBN capable routers and WiFi ex tender solutions. It’s still worthwhile performing the other tests below to make sure you aren’t missing something else.

Connection B Test – closest to the Router, connecting to a Server in a Different State 

  1. Go back to being close to your Internet router.
  2. Select Server – click on the “Changer Server” button again, this time, in the search box, type in a capital city which is interstate from you. then if your ISP has a server in that list, select it.
  3. Start Speed Test – click on the big “GO” button.
  4. Note Speeds – once the test is complete, note down the download & upload speeds your connection was able to reach.

Connection C Test –  closest to the Router, connecting to another provider’s Server in a Different State

  1. Select Server – click on the “Changer Server” button again, this time, in the search box, type in a capital city which is interstate from you. But this time, select an ISP which is different to yours.
  2. Start Speed Test – click on the big “GO” button.
  3. Note Speeds – once the test is complete, note down the download & upload speeds your connection was able to reach.

Now that you have tested the speed for connections A, B & C, proceed to Step 3: Compare the Results:

Comparing the Results

Lets compare the results of your Speed Tests to see where the problem may be. If the results are all within 70-80% of the speed noted on your ISP plan (Some ISPs are stating expected peak time speeds for their plans, this is the 70-80% we are talking about), then that is within acceptable limits. […]