Bandwidth/Ping Test Live
Use this service to determine the quality of your broadband Internet connection. Streaming media, voice, video communications, and online gaming require more than just raw speed. Test your connection now to get your rating on packet loss, ping, and jitter. This gives you a final grade and makes recommendations.
NETWORK QUALITY COMPONENTS
Much as it sounds, if you have anything less than complete success in transmitting and receiving "packets" of data, then you are experiencing this problem with your Internet connection. It can mean much slower download and upload speeds, poor quality VoIP audio, pauses with streaming media and what seems like time warping in games -- your connection may even come to a total standstill! Packet loss is a metric where anything greater than 0% should cause concern.
This measurement tells how long it takes a "packet" of data to travel from your computer to a server on the Internet and back. Whenever you experience delayed responses in Internet applications - this would be due to a higher than the desired ping. Similar to packet loss, lower is better when it comes to ping. A result below 100 ms should be expected from any decent broadband connection.
Once you understand ping, jitter should also make sense. Jitter is merely the variance in measuring successive ping tests. Zero jitter means the results were the same every time, and anything above zero is the amount by which they varied. Like the other quality measurements, a lower jitter value is better. And while some jitter should be expected over the Internet, having it be a small fraction of the ping result is ideal.
MEASURING NETWORK QUALITY
We give each test result a grade to help you interpret the overall quality. We also show the specific packet loss, ping and jitter values that make up your grade. When we are unable to measure one or more of them, you will see a grade of N/A. Certain firewall configurations, Java not being installed or other technical issues can cause this, but it is possible that simply testing again will fix the problem. Feel free to test often, and read on to learn more!
A = AN EXCELLENT RESULT
Expect all Internet applications to work very well assuming you have sufficient bandwidth. MOS greater than 4.37 (Example - a ping below 50 ms with 0% packet loss)
B = VERY GOOD
Your connection should work well for any Internet application. Some online games may not perform optimally. MOS between 4.28 and 4.37 (Example - a ping around 90 ms with 0% packet loss)
C = ACCEPTABLE
Your VoIP quality will suffer some, and you will have a disadvantage in many online games. Most streaming media will be fine. You should try testing again to another server close to you. MOS between 4.00 and 4.27 (Example - a ping around 150 ms with 1% packet loss)
D = CONCERNING
Most online applications will not perform well but should function in some capacity. Try testing to other servers to verify the result. You might need to contact your ISP for help. MOS between 2.50 and 3.99 (Example - a ping around 300 ms with 3% packet loss)
F = VERY POOR
Real-time Internet application performance will suffer greatly on such a connection. Test to other servers to confirm the result, but talk to your ISP about troubleshooting the issue. MOS lower than 2.50 (Example - a ping above 500 ms with 20% packet loss)