What is bandwidth test?
A bandwidth test measures the maximum bandwidth of a network or an Internet connection. The number obtained from the bandwidth test is usually represented in megabytes per second or kilobytes per second. Bandwidth test results can vary from time to time and depend on many factors. However, it can give a theoretical number for an average bandwidth speed for any network or Internet connection.
Many bandwidth testing applications are hosted online and most of them are free. Most bandwidth test applications also display graphs and graphs for users to better understand the test results.
Bandwidth tests depend on factors such as:
- Noise on data lines
- Online traffic
- Size of the file (s) used in the test
- Number of files used in the test
- Variable propagation delays
- Activities such as thunderstorms
- Usage of the test server at the time of testing
A bandwidth test sends one or more files of known size to the computer over the network. It then measures the time it takes for the files on the other end to download successfully. This gives it a number to represent the data speed between the points. It is often recommended to run three or more bandwidth tests at different intervals to get a reasonable estimate of the bandwidth.
The main advantage of the bandwidth test is that it can determine the strength of the network or internet connection. It also gives an estimate of the stability of the network or internet connection.