How do I read WiFi speed test results?
We’re starting 2022 off with a mission to get users around the world educated with the technology they use so they can teach with confidence and ease and pass that information on to the families they teach.
Before we begin here, I should tell you that prior to launching Musicology, I was like you, an in-person piano teacher who rarely used technology in lessons. This is not the world we live in now. It’s rapidly advancing and I often feel like there is so much more I need to know. Lucky for me, I have a team of brilliant developers who have been coding since the age of four and know computers as a first language to hold my hand. I’m going to pass all I learn onto YOU!
That is exactly what it is – a language! Just like learning the language of music, technology speaks its own and once you understand the foundation, the rest seems to fall into place.
Testing your WiFi speed regularly is a good practice to get into because it helps you pinpoint performance trends, isolate which devices may be causing issues for your wireless network and ensure that no one is stealing your bandwidth. But what do those numbers mean?
You’ve probably heard me ask users on social media what their SpeedTest results were. This is important because although software is designed to perform up to what it advertises, it’s reliant on internet.
Let’s talk about what Download, Upload and PING mean.
Download: The time it takes to pull data, measured in magabits per second (Mbps)
Upload: The time it takes to send data, measured in megabits per second (Mbps)
Ping: The time it takes between sending a request and receiving a response, measured in milliseconds (ms) and also referred to as Latency.
Your download speed is fastest because the majority of our online activities require we pull data from the internet.
Upload speeds are important for interactive video calls and sending files to sites and services on the internet.
Ping speed dictates the quality of your voice and video calls, as well as your ability to play duets.
Below you will see two images. One is a SpeedTest I did when no one else was at home. This is generally what my numbers look like but sometimes my Ping is lower, it varies. Then you see in the second image that I’m paying for way more then what I’m actually getting. What is also interesting is that when the technicians came to install the wires they told me that most of their routers can only handle up to 500mbps so paying for 1.5GB is throwing my money away and I should downgrade my package! I’ve been meaning to do that several months ago but life got in the way. I’ve downgraded now to the next one below which is 1GB and will test it out to see how it goes then downgrade again. It’s an interesting investigation and I surely hope that we are not paying for more then we can actually receive. That just doesn’t seem fair.
So, as you can see, technology is a lot of trial and error to see what works.
By the way, a good place to put your router is in the middle of the house and then get a couple of WiFi pods in a chain to where you are teaching for the best signal. If you notice your WiFi isn’t what it was a few months ago, reset the router.
Another great tip is that if your router is a few years old, your internet provider will usually send you an upgrade for FREE!
I’m going to also do some research in the new year on finding an attachment for my internet provider provided router to see if I can boost my speed to what I’m paying for although with the numbers I have currently, I’m quite happy. It does help to have these large numbers if my entire family is home when I am teaching online, though.
In case you’re wondering, Musicology will operate on a minimum 40 download and 20 upload but your experience will not be as good as having a little bit higher numbers AND you have to be sure you are on a well maintained device and no one else is streaming at the same time if you have a lower internet package. A good Ping number is under 6ms. We will discuss Ping further in a future blog!
I hope this has helped shed some light on reading WiFi speeds!
Happy New Year!
SPEEDTEST BY OOKLA
Internet package I’m paying for: