Taking a broadband speed test

The computers of today are capable of almost everything, the almost being the key. They will store your photos, music and videos and other treasured possessions that you can compiled over the years and are, quite frankly, irreplaceable. They also offer a mass communication medium that stretches across continents and provides a never ending supply of games to relieve boredom and keep you entertained.

Whilst they still can’t be classed as cheap, the prices of computers are dropping as with all technology they are seen as an integral part of our lives. The fact is, however, that you can have the best computer on the market that does everything but sing, dance and bring you a coffee in the morning, but if you live in an area with poor broadband coverage that new toy of yours that you’ve spent a fortune on will become a very expensive paperweight.

The news headlines are full of the differences between the broadband speeds that the providers advertise and what consumers are actually getting, and much of the gripes come from a basic lack of information. Before you think of shelling out on the latest netbook, ultrabook or whatever book will be next, it is vital that you do a broadband speed test to make sure that you aren’t wasting your hard earned cash.

The simplest way of doing this is to go online and use one of the sites that will check the broadband speeds offered by all suppliers in your street simply by using your postcode. You can then make an informed decision as to whether to stick with your current provider or switch to one that offers both faster speeds and a better overall service.

Another way of testing the speed is to go to a site that asks you to download a file, and the speed with which you can do this is used to calculate the speed of your broadband. This can be a bit hit or miss however depending on the time of day or whether you are wireless or not. Many suffer a slowness at peak times, such a when kids come out of school and log on en mass, so the postcode method is a lot more indicative.

The overall outlook for improving broadband speeds across the country is very good, and the government have said they are aiming to make the super fast internet speeds of 4G available to the majority of households by 2014, but the reality is that it could still be a case of postcode lottery.