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April 16, 2020

What is a Spectrum speed test?

Spectrum offers a speed test on its website that is easy for customers to find and use. The test measures download and upload speeds to show you what your current speed looks like. While the Spectrum speed test is hosted directly on the provider’s site, it’s powered by Ookla, the company behind the popular third-party website Speedtest.net.

Why use a speed test?

Using a Spectrum speed test is a good idea for many reasons. First, it’s something you should do somewhat regularly to monitor your internet speeds over time and make it easier to take action if you notice things slowing down. You can also perform speed tests at different times of day to measure the difference in speed between peak and off-peak hours.

A slow internet speed test could even be an indicator that something is wrong with your current home internet setup, such as a faulty modem or improperly placed router. Speed tests can help you track results as you make minor adjustments to your home internet configuration to find the best possible results.

More importantly, you can use a Spectrum speed test to evaluate if your current internet speeds are meeting your household needs. If you come to the conclusion that your internet is too slow, you can either upgrade to a faster plan with Spectrum or switch to another internet service provider entirely.

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

  • Tracking your internet for slow speeds
  • Measuring speed at different times of day
  • To detect possible issues with the modem or router
  • To determine if your current speed is fast enough

How to do a Spectrum speed test

  • Step One

  • Make sure no other devices in the home are performing tasks that will use up bandwidth on your home network. Close any open browser tabs on your computer and close programs that are running in the background.

  • Step Two:

  • Connect your computer to an Ethernet cable. Spectrum recommends that you use a wired Ethernet connection to test your internet speed, not just a WiFi connection. This is because issues with your WiFi router can affect your Spectrum speed test and make your internet speed seem slower than it really is.

  • Step Three

  • Visit the Spectrum speed test web page.

  • Step Four

  • Click the “Go” button to begin the test.

  • Step Five

  • Wait while the speed test measures your download and upload speeds. Don’t close or minimize the browser tab or do anything else during the short period of time that it takes to conduct the test.

How to read a speed test

The results of your Spectrum speed test will give you two numbers: download speed and upload speed. 

Download speed: Download speed refers to the rate at which your device receives data from the internet, such as while streaming music or watching videos. 

Upload speed: Upload speed is how fast your device can send data, like when you upload files to distribute via email.

Both of these numbers are measured in megabits per second or Mbps. This is the same measurement tool that internet service providers use to advertise download speeds for their internet plans, making it easy to compare the results of your Spectrum speed test with your current internet plan side by side.

This test will also display the internet service provider responsible for your connection and your device’s IP address. This is just additional helpful data that you can use to double-check the accuracy of your information online.

As mentioned in the steps above, performing a speed test while connected to the internet via Ethernet cable will produce a more accurate result.

However, if you’re consistently experiencing slow speeds while on WiFi, you may want to consider running a speed test via Ethernet and a second test with a wireless connection. If the latter is significantly slower, it’s a good indicator that a problem with your router is slowing down your internet connection.

Compare your Spectrum internet speeds

Note: These speeds may not be available to everyone.

Spectrum speeds: Up to 940 Mbps

Is your current speed enough?

Note: These speeds are estimates taken from various internet provider recommendations.

  • 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

If you perform a Spectrum speed test and conclude that your current internet plan is too slow for your needs, you have a couple of different options. One is to upgrade your Spectrum plan to something faster. The other is to switch providers entirely, which might be the best choice if you believe you aren’t getting the internet speeds that Spectrum promised when you signed up for service.No matter what you decide, our easy online tool can help you search and compare internet plans in your zip code. You can compare your existing Spectrum plan with packages offered by competitors like AT&T, Xfinity and Verizon, depending on which providers currently provide service in your area.