What is the U-Verse Internet Speed Test?

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April 16, 2020

AT&T Internet customers have the option of choosing from a wide range of internet speeds. When you take the time to choose an internet plan, you typically expect to receive the service you’re paying for – but this isn’t always the case. Many internet customers have no idea what their actual internet speed is at home. While AT&T has discontinued their U-verse service, their  U-verse speed test still exists. And, it is a quick and easy way to see exactly what your internet speed is.

What is a U-verse speed test?

The U-verse speed test is a free online internet speed test offered by internet service provider AT&T. Both customers and non-customers can access the speed test from any computer by visiting the AT&T website. The speed test is operated by DSLReports, an independent speed test website that advertises free 45-second tests.

When you perform a U-verse speed test, it will measure your internet’s download and upload speeds in addition to giving you some other helpful data and resources. We’ll get into those details shortly.

Why use a speed test?

You should use a U-verse speed test if you’ve never tested your internet speed before or if it’s been a while since the last time you checked it. A speed test is a useful tool when you’re troubleshooting issues with your internet speed. The results may help you find out if slow internet speeds are being caused by issues with your equipment at home or if the problem lies with your internet service provider. Before you call your provider’s customer service line to report slow speeds, try using a U-verse speed test to troubleshoot the issue on your own.

To sum it up, here are some benefits to using a speed test:

  • The ability to troubleshoot slow internet speeds
  • To figure out if slow speeds are due to modem and router issues
  • To find out if you’re paying for faster speed than you’re receiving

How to do a U-verse speed test

  • Step One:

  • Take steps to minimize traffic on your home internet network. This includes shutting off streaming on TVs, closing browsers and applications on your computer and asking other household members to temporarily cease online activity.

  • Step Two:

  • Navigate to the U-verse speed test on the AT&T website.

  • Step Three:

  • Click the “Start” button to begin the speed test.

  • Step Four:

  • Wait for less than a minute while AT&T performs the speed test. Make sure you don’t close or minimize the tab or do any other tasks on your computer while the test is ongoing. It only takes a few seconds, and interfering with the test may cause inaccurate results or force you to start over.

  • Step Five:

  • Once the test has been completed, review and record your results.

How to read a U-verse speed test

Your U-verse speed test will provide you with a lot of useful data. First and foremost are the download and upload speeds.

Download Speed: The download speed is how internet service providers typically advertise their internet plans. This measures how quickly data is transmitted from websites and applications to your device. 

Upload Speed: Upload speed is the opposite: it tells you the rate at which your device sends data to other servers.

The higher the number, the faster the speed. Usually, download speed is considerably faster than upload speed. This is because, for the majority of internet users, most of your time online is spent downloading data rather than uploading it. Internet service providers prioritize download speeds since they know this type of activity is more important to most of their customers.

Once you have your U-verse speed test results, you can easily compare the measured download and upload speeds to the advertised speeds from your internet service provider, whether it’s AT&T or a different competitor. But don’t stop there; this speed test offers even more helpful information.

The U-verse speed test will automatically calculate the amount of time it would take to download a 5 MB MP3 file and a 35 MB video clip, as well as the time required to upload a 1 MB email attachment and an 8 MB photo gallery. 

This is a more relatable way for most users to understand their current internet speed. If you’re not satisfied with the results of this calculation, you can decide whether it’s necessary to get a faster internet connection.

AT&T will also direct you to its online tool designed to help you optimize your internet speed. This guide goes deeper into what factors affect your internet speed and provides a list of tips to troubleshoot a slow connection. You can even access a library of free videos that answer some of the most common questions regarding internet speed.

Finally, the U-verse speed test results page includes a direct link to the AT&T internet upgrade page. If you’re an existing AT&T internet customer, you can use this tool to see what types of speed upgrades you’re eligible for and how much those upgrades would cost in addition to your current monthly bill.

Compare your internet speed

AT&T speeds: Up to 1,000 Mbps

Is your current speed enough?

Note: These speeds are estimated based on information provided by various internet providers. 

  • Checking email: 10 Mbps
  • Surfing the web: 10 Mbps
  • Streaming music and videos: 10 Mbps
  • Downloading large files: 20 Mbps
  • Video conferencing: 20 Mbps
  • Streaming in HD: 20 Mbps
  • Gaming: 20 Mbps
  • Using more than three devices at once: 50 Mbps
  • Using more than ten devices at once: 150 Mbps

Upgrade to a new provider for more speed

At the end of the day, there’s only so much you can do to troubleshoot your internet speed. If your internet feels too slow for everyday use and your U-verse speed test shows that your current service is on par with the advertised speed you signed up for, it might be time to upgrade.
 You can either switch to a higher speed AT&T plan or change providers entirely by choosing a competitor with more reliable high speeds. To see what all the options are in your specific geographic location, use our easy tool to explore providers, plans and prices.