**NOTE** March 2013 There is currently a
problem with the Speed Test service I'm using so
results may be erratic at times. The supplier is aware and working on a solution. I
recommend using the official BT speedtest (link below) for more
accurate speed tests.
Start your Broadband Speed Test by clicking below.
For the most accurate results don't have any other internet activity going on at
the same time.
See my ADSL page for tips to understand and improve your
broadband connection: ADSL
It's normal to get different speed results when testing
your internet connection during different times of the day.
You may see a slower speed in the evening for example, when there are
likely to be lots of people using the internet.
Depending on your internet provider and your BT Exchange there may be some
congestion or speed capping occurring.
To get the best
results try running the speed test at different times of the day -
mid-morning during the week will often show the best speeds your
connection can get.
Your choice of
can also have an effect on your internet connection speed.
BT Speedtester (BT's Official broadband speed test)
If you are on ADSL MAX (adaptive ADSL) to see your current
IP Profile (also known as
BRAS profile) you have to use the official BT Speedtester.
BT have introduced a new speed test address (Jan 2013) www.speedtester.bt.com
has been replaced with
Note: The BT Speedtester is famous for being rather flakey!
You may have to try running the test a few times before it runs successfully. If
you are trying to report a broadband speed problem then your ISP will normally
ask you to use the BT Speedtester as this is the only official test BT will
In January 2013 BT changed the URL for their official broadband
speed test - see above.
The new test initially just does a simple
Download, Upload and Ping Latency test - you can then follow the
"Further Diagnostics" link at the bottom of the page which will ask for
your phone number and then perform a speedtest which will display your IP
Profile and maximum achievable speed.
If you are interested in finding out your IP Profile for your
own interest and not necessarily to report a problem then running the simple
speed test above can show you this.
Once you start to understand your lines characteristics it's quite simple.
(See my ADSL
information page for details.)
For example. My line normally sync's (connects) at around 6,100kbps.
That means the highest IP Profile I can achieve is 5000. So if I run the simple
speed test above (no login etc. required) and see a download speed of say 4838 -
then I know my IP Profile hasn't dropped and I'm on the highest I can expect on
my line and everything is running fine with no throttling or speed