Frontier Speed Test

What to look for in a web-based test for Internet speed

Should I conduct an Internet speed test?

For best results…

Visit https://speedtest.frontier.com/ for a Frontier speed test. Conduct the test on a wired computer, not with Wi-Fi. Don’t stream media on other devices connected to the same signal. Speed tests for fiber connections often include a special tool. It can adjust network settings on a computer to maximize speed.

Test for download speed

Download speed refers to the time it takes to get something from the Internet. This includes opening pages, obtaining documents, and opening videos. Internet activity commonly involves downloads. It’s usually the large number in Mbps your provider cites for Internet speed.

…and for upload speed

Download speed refers to the time it takes to get something from the Internet. This includes opening pages, obtaining documents, and opening videos. Internet activity commonly involves downloads. It’s usually the large number in Mbps your provider cites for Internet speed.

Understand the terms

Mbps means megabits per second. It’s a standard measure of Internet speed. Latency refers to the time it takes for your device to contact the web host and obtain data. Ping refers to a query from your computer or network to determine if there’s a connection.

Internet Speed Guide

Two key components determine your ideal Internet speed: Users and activity. Adding users makes higher speed crucial to support all devices. Media-rich activity – such as gaming, streaming, and video-conferencing – also need speed. Here’s a guide to figure out which high-speed Internet fits best.

Speeds Product Ideal for Devices Supported
Speeds

6 Mbps

Simply Broadband Max

Ideal for

A 10MB Youtube.com clip will download in less than 20 seconds. Connect multiple devices and stream from one.

Devices Supported

6 Mbps works for: Single users, light streamers, or gamers in a two-user home.

Speeds

12 Mbps

Simply Broadband Ultra

Ideal for

A 10MB Youtube.com clip will download in less than 10 seconds. Users can stream or game. Other devices can connect to social media, news feeds, homework and more. Two users can stream or game at the same time.

Devices Supported

12 Mbps works for households with several users who stream on mobile devices.

Speeds

24 Mbps

Simply Broadband Ultimate

Ideal for

A 10MB Youtube.com clip will download in less than 5 seconds. Pages load instantly. Multiple users can connect to game and stream. There's no discernible downgrade in network performance.

Devices Supported

24 Mbps works for families with several web users. It's ideal for people who work from home, and for gaming/streaming households.

Why Internet speed is important

For value

An Internet speed test can determine whether you get what you signed up for. Several factors affect Internet speed. The average speed, though, should remain close to the plan you chose. Underperformance could reveal network issues. Internet service providers advertise speed “up to” a certain level of Mbps. Those numbers reflect performance under ideal conditions.

For media-rich activity

Greater speed makes it easier to stream, game, videoconference, and more. Low Internet speed will cause movies to pause and buffer. Gaming online against other opponents becomes difficult if slow Internet causes latency. Sluggish Internet will cause long pauses in videoconferencing, too. Even social media sites, with video and photos, load easily with fast Internet.

For several devices

Few households connect with only one device these days. Faster Internet can accommodate multiple devices connected at once. The highest Internet speeds can also support streaming by several users on the network. A Wi-Fi router broadcasts an Internet signal for multiple users within a home.

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