I use the Speed Test tool by Ookla to check the speed of my broadband connection. Generally, I use Google Search to visit the website. But the last time when I Googled the term “speed test,” I didn’t have to go much further than the search result itself.
The very first result I saw was a Google-powered speed test tool. You can check your network speed without leaving the search page. Just click the “Run Speed Test” button.
After the test completes, Google shows the average numbers of the upload and download speeds along with latency and server. It also mentions a brief text to describe the best possible use of your connection.
On an average, the speed test process costs around 40 MB of data. Currently, Google can only check internet speed for connections up to 700 Mbps. So, if you have a gigabit ethernet connection, don’t be sad if can’t you see the numbers crunching up.
Google has partnered with M-Lab to bring their speed test tool to fruition. M-Lab is a consortium which collects internet performance data and opens it for public use and research.
Note: I was able to reciprocate this Google Search speed test on few machines. It’s possible that Google is currently testing the feature; so don’t be disheartened if you don’t spot this feature.
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