Speed Test: for PCs directly Connected to Modem

These steps will take your through the Speed Test for PCs directly Connected to the router.

 

With the 3 tests below, we are going to test the connections we know are managed by your ISP – shown as connections A, B & C in this diagram:

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Internode, iiNet, and TPG are all one and the same, so if one of those is your ISP, on Connection A & B 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- connecting to the closest server run by your ISP

  1. Select Server – the Speedtest tool will select a server which is close to you, but ultimately, we need to ensure we are testing with the closest server being run by your ISP. Most of the large ISPs run a speedtest.net server in each state.  So click on “Change Server” and select an appropriate server.
  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.

Connection B Test – connecting to a Service Provider 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, then if your ISP has a server in that list, select it.
  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.

Connection C Test – connecting to a different Service Provider 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, unless you also want to test Devices Connected to the WiFi as well, proceed to Step 3, to 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. […]