Internet speed test

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What do my speed test results mean?

A speed test is the fastest way to tell if your Internet's working well or not. Sub-par results can imply that something's wrong, or it's time to switch plans.

Download speeds

Your download speed is how fast you can pull information from the Internet and load up websites.

A high download speed is like washing down your car with a hose. A slow speed is equivalent to using a bucket and sponge.

Fast downloads help with:

  • High definition video streaming
  • Video game updates
  • Loading web pages on the Internet

Upload speeds

Your upload speed is how fast your device can push information to the Internet – the opposite of downloads. Your download speed will always matter more, as you upload less frequently.

However, good upload speeds can be useful for:

  • Sharing photos and videos to social media
  • Video conferencing
  • Backing data up to the cloud

Ping

Ping is how long it takes your computer to get a response. The lower the number, the faster the response.

A low ping is the equivalent of someone picking up the phone on the first ring.

Ping is irrelevant for most activities, but it does matter for:

  • Smooth online gaming
  • Non-laggy voice/video calls


While download and upload speeds should be fairly constant, ping will fluctuate often, so don't pay it too much attention.

  • Tip: You can use a wired connection (such as an ethernet cable) for more stability.

Which Internet speed is right for me?

Two things are important when choosing Internet speed:

  • The number of people. The more people using your Internet connection, the faster the speeds you'll need. As a quick guide: 1-2 people will be fine with NBN 25, 2-3 will need NBN 50 and 4+ will need NBN 100.
  • Activities. Basic browsing, emails and streaming don't require more than NBN 25. But if you're doing all these things at once, NBN 50 is a safer choice. If you work from home, you'll want NBN 50 or faster.

The right speed for you will also depend on what Internet connection you're currently using. Choose from the below:

What's the right NBN speed for me?

Got your speed test results? Now:

  1. Check your speed tier. You can find out what speed tier you're on from your latest Internet bill, or by contacting your provider.
  2. Compare it with the values below. If your result is within the "poor" range for your speed tier, it's time to troubleshoot your connection or consider switching. If it isn't poor but feels too slow for your needs, consider upgrading.
NBN speed tierPoor speeds
Basic II (NBN 25)0-15Mbps
Standard (NBN 50)0-30Mbps
Fast (NBN 100)0-60Mbps
Superfast (NBN 250)0-150Mbps

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What ADSL speed should I be getting?

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 periods in Australia, and uploads can only achieve 1Mbps.

If you're not happy with your current ADSL speed and the NBN hasn't reached your premises just yet, you could consider alternatives like mobile broadband or home wireless broadband plans.

Which mobile Internet speed is best for me?

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-1Gbps300Mbps*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.

Deciding whether your mobile Internet is running at the speeds it should is tricky because speeds can vary depending on your location.

If you're using home wireless broadband and the speeds you're receiving are nowhere near the averages in the table above, you may have cause for concern.

We recommend speaking to your provider if your mobile Internet speeds are below average.

How can I get faster Internet?

We have a more in-depth guide for troubleshooting slow Internet, but here are the main reasons for a slower-than-usual connection:

1. Network congestion

  • The problem: Too many people online at the same time is similar to a traffic jam on a highway – everything slows down.
  • The fix: Either avoid congestion by logging on at a different time of day, or switch to a provider with better typical evening speeds.

2. Distance to your modem

  • The problem: Your modem is too far away from your device, or it's behind a couple of walls. This leads to a weak signal and slow speeds.
  • The fix: Just move closer to your modem or move your modem closer to you. If this isn't possible, you can try wiring your device directly by ethernet cable or buying a Wi-Fi range extender.

3. Old/damaged equipment

  • The problem: Your modem or device is too old, or it has outdated software.
  • The fix: Buying new stuff is expensive, but your provider should have offered you a guaranteed compatible modem for a reasonable price. You could also try running a virus scan, updating your network drivers or closing background applications.


We suggest some specific fixes above, but if all else fails, contacting your provider's tech support team is never a bad idea. Just watch out for the wait times.

Do I need a faster Internet plan?

When all's said and done, if your connection is too slow for you and it's not a technical issue, it's time to upgrade.

Switching plans shouldn't take more than about 15 minutes using our comparison table below.

You can search by speed, price and more using the filters.

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