Testing Download Speeds

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Test the download speeds offered by Internet service providers by searching for computer download speed tests and running the program to identify download speeds. Find out how fast a computer is sending and receiving information with advice from a Web designer and computer specialist in this free video on computers downloads.

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Hi, I'm Noah, and today, I'm going to tell you about how you can test your download speed. Whether you just want to make sure your Internet service provider isn't ripping you off or you simply don't know your speed and somebody's asking you the question, it can be really useful to find this out for sure by doing the test on the Internet. A simple Google search for test download speed will turn up plenty of results, which are usually all good. Just select any of them to find out what your speed is. Usually, this involves downloading a very small file so that the server you're using can test what speed you've downloaded the file at, but this is all done automatically, and from your side, all you'll have to do is do a few clicks here and there. Also, often, you're allowed to select a region to test from because depending on where the server you're trying to get information from is located, you can have completely different download speeds. Here, for example, let's try doing a test with Chicago, Illinois. All we had to do is do one click on the town we wanted, and then just wait. Here, we can now see that our download speed was 763 kilobytes per second, and that our upload speed was 332 kilobytes per second, meaning that when we're receiving information, it goes at 763 and when we're sending information to some server, it goes at 332.

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