Internet Speed - How do I stack up?

It seems like every purchase these days has some sort of Wifi capabilities - from printers, to e-readers, to every new smart device, we are constantly testing the limits of our router and internet. 

So how does your internet stack up? 

Is easy to find out what your download and upload speed are currently functioning at with a free website called www.speedtest.net. Simply visit the website and click "Begin Test". This will 'Ping' (which is a digital query that is sent from a server to your computer) and test the download and upload speeds of your current connection. 

What are good download and upload speeds?

The important thing here is that you are getting what you are paying for. Check in with your current service provider contract to see what the guarantee is, and then use the test above to see how you stack up. 

Typical download speeds for 'in home' packages range from 20 - 80 Mbps (megabytes per second) and upload speeds from .6 - 3 Mbps

Business class packages can see download speed anywhere from 80 - 100+ Mbps and upload speeds from 5 - 10 Mbps

What to watch out for.

Based on your network and your router, the more devices connected to WiFi could result in slower download and upload speeds. As a rule of thumb, if you are not using it, turn the wifi off.