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Below are recommended speeds for common activities. Learn more about what internet speed you need for different activities.

  Download Speed   Activities
  1.5 Mbps or less   General browsing, email, social media, music streaming, video chat
  3 - 4 Mbps   SD Video streaming
  10 Mbps   HD Video streaming & group video calls
  5 - 8 Mbps   Large file downloads
  25 Mbps or  less   Remote work or learning (varies by activity)
  25 Mbps or  more   4K (UHD) Video streaming

Multiple factors will determine if you have adequate speed. You should consider how you use the internet, the size of your household, and which activities happen at the same time.

Diagram of bandwidth usage of different devices and activities

The internet speed test starts by identifying the network server that is closest to you. You will see the name in the lower right-hand corner of the testing window. 

A "packet" of information is sent from your device to the server and back. The amount of time it takes for that information to make the trip is your ping. Next, the speed test downloads and uploads a packet of data over that connection. How quickly your internet can transfer that data from the network to your device and from your device back to the network determines your download and upload speed. 

This speed is measured to and from the device you are using to run the test, which means the type of connection has a big impact on the result. Speed to your device may vary greatly depending on whether you have a wired or WiFi connection. Over a WiFi connection, speed to your device may vary greatly depending on how close your device is to your WiFi point, as well as any obstructions or distance in between. On the other hand, a wired (Ethernet) connection from the device straight to the modem will be about the same as the network speed to your home or building. 

Ping, also called latency, is the amount of time it takes for your network to transfer information from your computer to a remote server and back. There will always be some latency over your network, but the lower this number, the better your performance will be. Online gamers especially want to keep an eye on ping, as high latency can lead to a noticeable delay between your actions and the actions of other players.

Learn what else to consider for online gaming.

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