Online services such as Pingtest or Speedtest enable you to test the reliability of your device's Internet connection by running various tests.
Internet users can experience a variety of problems when connecting to websites or when they are using services on the Internet. Sites may not open at all, videos may buffer more than they should, you may experience connection issues in video or voice chat sessions, or that download speeds are nowhere near the advertised upper limit of the Internet connection.
Some of these problems are related to the user's Internet connection while others to viruses, background programs that do transfer data or communicate with servers, or unresponsive or slow servers.
It is always a good idea to test the Internet connection itself before contacting the Internet Service Provider for troubleshooting help.
There are quite a few ways to analyze and troubleshoot Internet connections. Two of the most common ones are traceroute and ping commands which you can execute locally or online as they are part of Windows and other operating systems.
Update: Some services mentioned below are no longer available. We suggest you use one of the following services to run connection and speed tests on your devices:
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Pingtest offers another perspective on the quality of an Internet connection.
Pingtest runs tests on a server near the user's physical location in the world to analyze the connection's packet loss, ping and jitter.
It rates the Internet connection based on those factors which should give you a solid understanding of what's wrong with the Internet connection.
You can of course run those commands from the command line as well, using ping and tracert commands but the visual presentation and the one-click to test approach is certainly appealing.
The reliability test has been created by the same company that runs the Internet connection speed test over at Speedtest which can also be helpful at determining the quality of an Internet connection.
It will run a quick test to display your PC's ping, download and upload speed which can provide you with interesting information. Note that it is recommended to select a test server that is close to your physical connection to improve the reliability of the test.
It is recommended to run the tests several times, especially at times when you are usually using the device.
Pingtest requires Adobe Flash, while Speedtest may be switched over to using HTML5 instead for running the tests. It is unclear right now if Pingtest will be updated as well to remove the Flash requirement.
Now You:Which tools do you use if you want to test the reliability of an Internet connection? Let us know in the comments.Advertisement
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