Download speeds are the rate at which your computer or device receives information, or data from another computer, device, or server. For example, watching a show on Netflix requires you to download content from Netflix’s servers, which is then delivered to your device or TV. Upload speeds are the rate at which data is sent from your computer or device and received by another computer, device, or server. For example, when playing online video games data must be sent from your computer or system to the server hosting the game.
Yes, testing your speed using an older computer, outdated modems or wireless equipment will slow your speed. If you test on an older computer or device that is not compatible with current technology you will experience slower speeds. To see what speeds your device can support, check the owner’s manual or perform a web search using its model number. Alternatively, you may wish to consider upgrading to a DOCSIS 3.0 WiFi and modem to support a higher throughput, such as gigabit internet.
No, you can test your internet speeds while connected to a Virtual Private Network (VPN), however, you may experience errors or slower-than-expected results. For the best results it’s recommended that you disconnect from the VPN and re-run the speed test.
Many factors influence your home WiFi speeds. With smart devices and internet browsing, sometimes it gets crowded on your wireless network. You can increase WiFi speeds by preventing WiFi interference, moving closer to the WiFi router, reducing the number of connected devices, password protecting your home network, and keeping your devices clean of malware and cookies.
Internet speeds will vary due to several factors, and therefore are not guaranteed. Internet speed can be affected by your devices, equipment, your wireless network and even the specific website you are visiting. Performance of a computer or other device, including its processing capability, operating system, the number of applications running simultaneously, and the presence of any viruses will impact speed. The type of connection between a computer or device and modem will affect your speed. In-home wireless connections are subject to greater performance fluctuations, caused by factors like interference and congestion. Certain wireless connections and routers cannot perform at the speeds delivered by Grande. Internet congestion or high usage levels at the website or destination can slow speeds. Accessing a site that is being visited by others at the same time may slow your connection if the site does not have sufficient capacity to serve all of the visitors efficiently at the same time. Grande’s FCC Network Management Disclosure makes available information regarding our network management practices and the performance and commercial terms of our Internet access services to enable you to make informed choices regarding the purchase and use of our services, in accordance with 47 C.F.R Part 8 of the Rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Reprinted from pcmag.com with permission. © 2016 Grande Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Readers’ Choice logo is a trademark of Grande Networks, LLC used under license.