We tested the five most popular speed tests to measure the speed of our Internet connection

One of the complaints that users usually have when we talk about our Internet connection is that of the speed offered by our line. We always look for a figure that is close to the one we have contracted with our operator. And to check that it is suitable, it is best to opt for a speed meter.

We can use applications from the mobile, a system that allows us to check Wi-Fi the performance of our router, but in this case the test to measure the speed of our network we are going to do it from our PC, tablet or smartphone but via web. We are going to know five alternatives to measure the speed of our network and eye, because there are striking aspects.

We selected which may be the five best known services to carry out this test on a line of O2 that in theory offers 600 megabytes of symmetric fiber. A test performed on a MacBook Pro vía ethernet Wi-Fi. We remember that we do the test with these parameters:

  • Via Ethernet and Wi-Fi
  • Half a meter from the router.
  • No walls or partitions.
  • No downloads.
  • No more connected devices.
  • Connected to the router’s 5 Ghz network.
  • Computer with gigabit network card


Speedtest 2

We start with which is probably the best known speed test and used. It offers the option of performing the test through applications for iOS and Android (now updated with a new interface) and with the web application that is the one we have used. We only have to access the link and we only have to press the start button, after which it will take a few seconds to search the server. It is not as fast as others but it is quite effective.

For the first test we use the ethernet cable connection and these are the results. Figures that exceed 600 Mbps contracted, both upstream and downstream, so we can see that the loss in this case is zero.


In the case of Wi-Fi, the test returns the same data regarding the speed of download, upload, ping, as well as the server from which the test data is downloaded. The final results 47.44 and 143.79 Mbps … we write them down and see that the difference is important.


Test | Speedtest

Fast de Netflix


Without moving our location and with the router just over half a meter away, we now use Fast, the speed test created by Netfix. It may be with Google, the simplest that we are going to use and it is that Fast only measures our download speed.


There is no more data. Neither the ping, nor the upload speed …, but It is very fast and how in the previous one it allows us to share our results. In this case, it has given us 760 Mbps of download speed with Ethernet cable and 150 Mbps connected via Wi-Fi.


Test | Fast de Netflix


Speedoff 1

Another alternative is SpeedOFF, a test similar to Speedtest and in which we can access the measurement of download speed, upload speed and ping. Based on HTML5, it has 59 servers from among those he chooses the most suitable. And again the first measurement is made using the ethernet cable, finding that while for the download we stayed close to 650 Mbps, the upload does not even reach 150 Mbps.


Now we have to do the same with Wi-Fi and in this case and remember, without changing the position of the router and without any parallel download or additional connected device, it has given us 85.23 Mbps download and 74.84 Mbps upload.


Test | SpeedOff

Movistar speed test


Another web based speed test and perhaps one of the best known. It is a test developed by Movistar. A meter that offers upload, download and ping data. And we started doing a speed measurement connected by cable.


Figures close to those offered in the previous tests and according to the contracted speed the least by cable, obtaining 622.3 Mbps download and 599.7 Mbps upload. In contrast, the figures of the measurement carried out by Wi-Fi in the lower image where it gives us as a result 182.5 Mbps of download and 213.8 Mbps of upload.

Wi Fi

Test | Movistar speed test

Google speed test

Test The Google

The last to join our teams. A function of the search engine company that we can access by simply typing in the search box “Speed ​​test”. That takes us to a small link, the first of all, in which we must _click_.


A simple test in which We will only have as a result the download and upload speed. It is not as fast as Fast and yet it has almost no dressings and graphically it is very basic. In tests with a higher image cable, it gives us a download speed of 600 Mpbs for downloading and an upload speed of 85.1 Mpbs, a figure well below the previous ones. In the case of using the Wi-Fi connection, the image below these lines illustrates the result with 100.8 Mbps for downloads and 0.08 Mbps for uploads.

Test the Google

Test | Google Speed ​​Test

Last conclusions

Web Service

Descarga Ethernet

Ethernet upload

Descarga Wi-Fi

Subida Wi-Fi


607,11 Mbps

616,51 Mbps

47,44 Mbps

143,79 Mbps

Fast de Netflix

760 Mbps

150 Mbps


654 Mbps

144,38 Mbps

85,23 Mbps

74,84 Mbps

Movistar speed test

622,3 Mbps

599,7 Mbps

182,5 Mbps

213,8 Mbps

Test the Google

600 Mbps

85,1 Mbps

100,8 Mbps

,08 Mbps

A sample that shows that ** at all times, the speed that we can achieve via Wi-Fi is always much lower than what we obtain if we use a network cable. In the case of the Wi-Fi connection, none of the tests reached download speeds of more than 190 Mbps out of the 600 possible, taking into account that the measurement PC was also next to the router.

And it is that you have to take into account that the quality and speed offered by the Wi-Fi network are influenced by values such as the distance between the router and the connected equipment, interference that can occur in channels and the channel we use, the router status, the speed it offers in the router we use, polluting sources (microwaves, refrigerators) of electronic noise, number of connected devices as well as obstacles such as walls, shelves, doors …

We must consider that only by making use of a measurement via cable, we can claim in case of not receiving the contracted speed, since phone companies only rely on data from the wired connection, considering the Wi-Fi network as a service already dependent on the user.

Also, in this case The difference in results depending on the chosen web service is striking, something that makes us doubt this type of tests and the reliability they offer. At this point What service do you use to measure the speed of your network?

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