Internet Speed Tests

I have Virgin Media broadband (2MB) I had a free upgrade to 10MB around 5 months ago. My download speed is quite fast, faster than it used to be with 2MB. So when I got to check my speed (speedtest. Net) the download speed first of all stays at around 2. 60MB per second, but then it just suddenly shoots up to 47MB???? And thats what I get as my final result? I’m not sure this is true though. . So whats my real internet speed. Basically… Your internet speed is judged by how much data can be transferred per second. If your paying for a 2MB Broadband service, you should usually get around 1. 5 to 2 megabits as you’ve stated and as your ISP (Internet Service Provider) as stated too which is correct and roughly around 125 to 200KB/s, maybe 200 to 350KB/s at the most. When you buy Broadband they usually state the speed in megabits rather than the true internet speed which is judged in KB/s (Kilobytes per second) and MB/s, (Megabytes per second) this is where they catch you out as you expect a high speed and get a lower speed than what you anticipated. This is because they use a term that makes their internet speeds look better and appear larger, or faster, but in reality their speeds are smaller, or slower. ISPs (Internet Service Providers) aren’t ripping anyone off here contrary to many peoples beliefs as they are actually starting true figures in which the internet speed is determined, only using different words to make it sound better and faster. To sum this up; The definition, megabit stands for a single bit, e. G 1,000,000 bits equals 1Mbit. The definition, megabyte stands for a single byte, e. G 1,048,576 bytes equals 1MB. You shouldn’t get confused between megabit and megabyte. Megabyte is the official term for your internet speed, e. G 1MB/s not 1Mbit/s. 1Mbit/s is less than or in this case, slower than, 1MB/s. You can rougly determine connection speeds for various broadband packages by working out the speed of the package like this for example: Joe Bloggs Internet Provider offers 8Mb internet. Add two zeros to the end of 8Mb so that’s 800Mb, take away the Mb and replace with KB/s and you’ve got 800Kb/s which is roughly the speed you’ll get with an 8Mb broadband package. For anything above 8Mb like 12Mb, you do the same, so 12Mb, add two zeros, take away the Mb and replace it with KB/s and you have 1200KB/s. And that’s how to roughly judge the speeds of the the internet connection. Bare in mind, all broadband packages vary in speed, and your not always guaranteed to get a fixed download/upload speed. And the method I just mentioned isn’t 100% accurate yet it gives you an almost near accurate estimate of the connection speed, maybe just a little off or over the target here and there. Also, you mentioned the SpeedTest. Net broadband test giving you 47MB/s speeds as a result of your broadband speeds, this is heavily inaccurate and probably just an error. To get 47Mb/s, you’d need a 470Mb (megabit) internet connection, quite a distance away from 2Mb but probably worth saving a screenshot to boast to your friends even if it’s not your actual speeds. Who wouldn’t boast?. I hope this doesn’t confuse you. I hope this helps.

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  1. Jasmine Jeffs

    You can do a speed test at


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