Why do you use Internet speed tests?

rpm

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Please tell us why and/or when you use Internet speed tests.
 

rpm

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I regularly use speed tests to test my fixed and mobile connection.
 

Lord Flacko

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Curiosity. When I used to play video games I would stress over latency. Since I don’t play video games it’s just one of those things you do so you can throw a snide comment to the effect of my WiFi at home is faster.
 

wombling

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I used to use these to make sure I am getting what I paid for. Now my Eero devices do this for me and give me a nice report whenever I want to see it. Quite handy actually.
 

blowdart18

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Use it for many reasons at home:

1. Determine if there is something wrong with the internet
2. Check VPN - sometimes VPN throughput is slow for some reason from the provider
3. Fault finding - sometimes download speeds are slow but line speeds are fine
4. Have LTE so like others mentioned, check line speed on different frequencies i.e 2300mhz
 

RuhanSA079

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To see whether my crap internet is a bit slow, or faster for the day, and to enter competitions.
Also to test my VPN connection to my US-based VM. (Playing around with the OpenVPN config for optimal speed)
Mostly when I am at my parents, I also test there because they complain they pay for a 4mbit line, but dont know why DSTV Now buffers so much...(internet a bit slow) Maybe needs 6mbit line. Their ISP is an local wisp, so they can change the line speed in a click.
 

centurionguy

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I use speed tests about once to a week to diagnose connection issues on our network. If the internet connection is satisfactory, then I may have to dig deeper into the users local connection.
 

Qrox

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I'll usually run one if I'm not getting close to my max line speed when downloading.
I use it to try and see if its the provider I'm downloading from or if there is something wrong with my line.
 
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