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Run an Internet Speed Test to see if you're getting the speeds you're paying for.

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What speed result did you get?

Less than 10Mbps

You probably can handle 1 person streaming Netflix, but anything more than that and you'll struggle.

Less than 30Mbps

A few people can probably stream content or use the internet simultaneously, but you'll suffer if you've got a bigger household.

Less than 80Mbps

You've probably signed up to a high-speed plan, but need more firepower. 4 or more people are connected, but you might need a faster plan to handle your high-tech needs.


What do my speed test results mean?

The Finder Internet Speed Test will calculate a number of different factors related to your Internet speed. While all of them are important, depending on your particular needs some may be more important than others. For most people, download speed is the most important factor since the majority of online activity, from loading web pages to streaming videos, is made up of downloads.

A simple way to check if you're receiving the speed you're paying for is to find out what Internet plan you're currently on and what the typical evening speed is from your provider for that plan.

For example, if you're on Tangerine's Standard NBN plan, your typical evening download speed should be 42.00 Mbps. If your speed test results show that your download speed is significantly less than this rate, then you're not getting the right speed that you're paying for.

Of course, there are other factors to take into consideration from your speed test, so we've gone into more detail below to explain all the figures you're seeing from the test and what they mean.

Ping

Ping is a measure of how quickly two computers can connect to each other and it's measured in milliseconds. The lower your ping, the faster you can connect to an external server. Ping isn't super important for everybody, but it matters a lot for online gamers who need their mouse clicks and key inputs to be registered quickly.

Jitter

Jitter is a measure of how stable your connection is. The speed test will run ping measurements several times, with the jitter recording how much variation there is. Low jitter means your connection is stable; high jitter indicates that there might be a bigger issue with your connection. Jitter is generally higher on mobile connections.

Download Speed

This is a measure of how quickly your computer can download information from somewhere else, measured in Mbps. This is usually the most important measurement in a speed test because it lets you know how fast you can download large files or how well you can stream high-quality video. Having a high download speed can impact the quality of your Netflix stream (especially if you want to watch in 4K resolution) or how quickly you can download the latest game to your PlayStation 4 console. Higher numbers are better here.

Upload Speed

This is the opposite of download speed, measured in the same way. Upload speeds are especially important for sharing video files, so budding YouTube stars and videographers should consider plans promising high upload speeds. The higher your upload speed, the faster you can send information to other places or upload files to a server.

What's a good Internet speed for me?

The speed you require depends on a few things, including how many people will be using the network at once and what activities you're using it for. The more people you have, the faster speed you'll need to accommodate them.

Typical evening speeds refer to the speed you're likely to get for a given speed tier when everybody's online in the evening (7-11pm).

NBN speed tierTypical evening speed (with sample plan)Who does this speed suit?
NBN12 Basic I11.20 Mbps (Internode NBN Fibre Bronze)Individuals. Basic Internet use like emails, social media and web browsing
NBN25 Basic II21.00 Mbps (Tangerine NBN Standard)Small household. Light Internet use including standard video streaming (e.g. YouTube) and gaming.
NBN50 Standard46.70 Mbps (iiNet NBN50 Liimitless)4 or more people. Medium to heavy Internet use like high-def video streaming, simultaneous gaming or just lots of people online at once.
NBN100 Fast80.00 Mbps (Kogan NBN Gold Unlimited)4+ heavy Internet users or a small business. Lots of gaming, ultra-high-definition video streaming, everyone logged on at the same time.
NBN250 Superfast215.00 Mbps (Aussie Broadband 250/25 Unlimited)5+ heavy Internet users who are logged on at the same time, with download-heavy habits such as ultra-HD video streaming and downloading large files.
NBN1000 UltrafastAs this is a new speed tier, there are currently no reliable typical evening speeds available.5+ heavy Internet users. Can handle almost any amount of online traffic all at the same time.

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If you're not happy with the results of your speed test, make sure to use our download speed filter and adjust it to the speed you're looking for.

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