Check your broadband speed

Check your broadband speed 

You can check what broadband speeds you are getting in your area, and find out why your internet connection may be slower than expected.

What is my current speed?

There are many websites that allow you to check the actual download and upload speeds you are getting. Here are some you can use:

You do not need to download any software or sign up to special offers to run the broadband speed tests – just click on the option to start the test.

You can also check what services are available to you using the BT Wholesale checker. For the best results use your landline telephone number.

Speed test tips

To get an accurate check of speed:

  • make sure that only the computer you are testing is accessing the internet
  • do not touch the keyboard or mouse while the test is running.

Speeds will vary depending on the time of day, or day of the week, so try repeating the test to see the range of speeds you can get.

One of our Broadband Champions has also produced a guide on how you could potentially increase your current broadband speed – http://www.increasebroadbandspeed.co.uk/guide

You can also check if your area is already covered by commercial providers by using the following postcode checkers:

BT

Virgin