Internet speed test

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Download speed (the one that matters the most)

This is how fast you can pull data from the Internet: like downloading files, streaming video, browse and do basically anything online.

The others

Possibly the next most important speed for some people is upload speed. This is how quickly you can share data from your computer to the Internet. It affects video conferencing, sharing photos and videos, and uploading files to store them online.

Another measure that might matter to you is ping. This is how responsive your connection is — the lower the number, the better. It's mostly useful for online gaming, but isn't really best measured by a speed test since your ping changes depending on the server location you're connecting to.

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Things that can affect your Internet speed

Feel like your speed is slower than usual? There's a number of things that can affect your speed such as:

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Network congestion

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Too many devices

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Wi-Fi interference

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Hardware quality

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Your NBN plan

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Quality of infrastructure

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What is a good Internet speed?

A good Internet speed will depend on what you want to use your connection for. The more demanding your online activities are (i.e. the more you stream, video call or download anything from the web), the faster the speed you'll probably need.

Here's an idea of what kind of speed to expect with different connection types.

NBN

A good NBN speed will largely depend on what speed tier you've purchased. To make use of your speed test's results above, you should compare it to what "good" and "poor" typical evening speeds are for the NBN tier you're on.

Not sure what the speed of your plan is? 🤔

You can find out your NBN speed tier by checking your most recent Internet bill. It should list your tier as NBN 12, NBN 25, etc. To compare your plan's actual performance to its advertised speed, you'll have to look at your plan on the provider's website. It should be written there for comparison.

For a quick guide on what a "poor" speed is, based on ACCC figures, have a look at our table below. If your speed test consistently returns results in the poor speed range, hit the compare now button to find something better in the same (or higher) tier.

NBN speed tierPoor speedsGet a faster plan
Basic II0-15 MbpsCompare now
Standard0-30 MbpsCompare now
Fast0-60 MbpsCompare now


Alternatively, if the results of your speed test came back with speeds faster than the ones we've listed above for that speed tier, that means the speeds you're currently getting are normal for your current NBN plan.

ADSL

An ADSL connection will max out at roughly 24Mbps, so it's never going to be much better than an NBN 25 plan. The average download speed of ADSL is usually around 10Mbps during busy times in Australia, and uploads can only achieve 1Mbps.

If you're not happy with your current ADSL speed, unfortunately, there isn't much you can do. With the NBN rollout nearly complete, you should be switched to the NBN soon. Otherwise, if you're really struggling and need some decent speeds, consider alternatives like mobile broadband plans and home wireless broadband plans.

Mobile internet

Mobile broadband runs off three different technologies, or generations: 3G, the widespread 4G and the cutting-edge 5G, which is still being rolled out in Australia. Here's a table of the relative speeds of each one.

TechnologyTypical speed rangeAverage speedUseful for
3G0.5-40Mbps6MbpsBasic browsing, emails
4G2-150Mbps38.5MbpsHigh definition video, gaming
5G50Mbps-1Gbps200Mbps*Large downloads, 4K video streaming


*Since 5G is a relatively new technology in Australia, the figures above are approximates and based on limited data. Speeds can vary as the rollout continues.

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Frequently asked questions

How does the speed test work?

Essentially, the speed test server requests a small bit of data from your computer, which allows it to measure how fast that data is transferred (that's your download speed). The same exchange allows it to send data to you and measure upload speed, as well as the time taken for signal exchange, or your ping.

Why are Internet speed test results different?

Your speed test results can change simply because you're contacting a different test server. However, the most likely reason is that your connection quality varies during the day, especially as the number of people online and thus network congestion goes up and down.


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