The minimum speed of broadband service ranges from 64kbit/s to 1.0Mbit/s. However, in many occasions you may still feel frustrated with your broadband service provider and you may feel like cursing your service provider for slow internet speed . Actually, you can measure your broadband connection speed via some free online broadband speed test services and can find out whether the bandwidth that you are getting is the one you are paying for.
Speed Test service utilizes single large file transfers and is therefore good for measuring total network bandwidth but does not give as much information about network latency effects. It boasts a cool Flash interface for displaying results. Some other popular speed test services on the Internet – like Speakeasy – are based on the Speedtest.net technology.
To test your internet connection speed, Select an appropriate or recommended server for testing, within seconds it will start testing your connection and show you your actual internet speed.
DSL Reports offers multiple speed test services. Their Flash-based application supports standard broadband speed testing while an alternative Java applet which offers better accuracy on very high-speed connections. Other tests are designed for mobile phones. These tests are among the few available that report on latency (in milliseconds) as well as upload / download bandwidth. However, the Flash test in particular may under-report the bandwidth score if your computer has a slow CPU.
CNET Bandwidth Meter is one of the oldest download speed test services on the Internet. Based on the type of connection you specify, the test will download one image file of size between 50 KB and 1.5 MB to calculate download bandwidth. It uses a fixed server location in the U.S. Do not attempt to re-run the test using the browser’s Back button as results will be unreliable. Note that MSN hosts an Internet Speed Test service that is powered by this same CNET test engine.
These sites are not the best ones ( because “best” is a relative term ), they are however most reliable ones.