My Internet Speed Test: Your NBN and ADSL Download Speed

Test your NBN or ADSL speed and ping to find out if you're getting the fastest internet possible in your area.

How to speed up your internet

We have a comprehensive guide to speeding up slow internet, but if your not experiencing any particular technical issues, the solution is often to switch plans and providers. Here’s a small selection of fast NBN plans and providers.

Explained: How to speed test your NBN internet connection

First step: check what NBN speed tier you are paying for. There are four speeds (Basic NBN 12, Standard NBN 25, Standard Plus NBN 50 and Premium NBN 100), and the speed you are paying for will inform the quality of your results.

Checking your NBN internet speed couldn’t be simpler. Simply make sure you’re connected to the internet via your home NBN WiFi modem with the device you plan to test on and hit the big “Start Speed Test” button at the top of this page. If you are testing from your smartphone and you’re not connected to WiFi, the speed test will return results from your mobile network (also handy to know).

Allow around ten seconds for the speed test to run. Once complete, you’ll be given your download speed result, and if you click more info, you can find your ping/latency and upload speeds.

While ping and latency is  important to many users, download and upload speed are the two most important data points in your test (they are, after all, what you usually pay extra for).

Fastest internet in Australia

According to May 2020’s ACCC broadband testing program results, Optus has the most consistent track record of delivering the evening speeds it advertises. Optus self-reports that its Premium plan delivers 80Mbps on a typical evening. So you can expect about 87.5% of those speeds during peak hours.

Australian telcos have also started selling gigabit internet to select Australians, and Aussie Broadband and Superloop now sell 250/25 plans (which both report reach 215Mbps on average during peak evening times).

Here are the fastest NBN internet plans in Australia according to each provider’s self-reported speeds.

What is a good internet speed test result?

That depends on what NBN speed tier you’re paying for. There are four available NBN speed tiers:

  • Basic Evening Speed: Potential 12 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload
  • Standard Evening Speed: Potential 25 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload
  • Standard Evening Plus Speed: Potential 50 Mbps and 20 Mbps upload
  • Premium Evening Speed: Potential 100 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload

These are the potential speeds for every tier but the nbnco advertises its own “typical minimum” speeds and the ACCC reports that Australian ISPs deliver about 82.18% of their advertised speeds, on average. ISPs also self-report the typical speeds you can expect on their plans. For more information on what kind of speeds to expect, head over to our comprehensive guide to NBN speed tiers.

For a rough guide on what kind of speeds you should be getting at each tier, run the test above and compare the results with the table below.

Standard0 – 15 Mbps15 – 22 Mbps22 – 25 Mbps
Standard Plus0 – 30 Mbps35 – 40 Mbps40 – 50 Mbps
Premium0 – 60 Mbps60 – 85 Mbps85 – 100 Mbps

What is ping in a speed test?

Once the speed test has run, you will notice a value for “Ping” in the results. Ping is used to measure the response time of your internet connection. Download speeds represent the rate at which you can download a file over the internet. The higher the download speed, the faster you will download that whopping 4K version of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Ping measures the response time between you clicking download, the server recognising your action and the action appearing on the computer in front of you (e.g. “Downloading”). Because of the speed of the internet these days, ping speed is typically measure in milliseconds.

To test the response time, the ping sends a packet of data to a specific IP address, waits for a signal to return and measures the milliseconds in-between.

It’s near imperceptible in most cases so why should it matter? Well, it might not matter for you but for certain types of uses, like online gaming, a few milliseconds can make all the difference.

If you’ve ever heard (or complained about) lag; that’s due to high ping on the connection. If you’re experiencing high ping, consider using a wired internet connection by running an ethernet cable to your computer rather than a WiFi connection.

If that doesn’t help, there’s a long list of troubleshooting methods that can potentially improve the speed on your connection. If that doesn’t improve your download speed and ping, it might be time to consider switching providers.

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How to test latency speed

Don’t get confused by the ever-growing mass of technical jargon; latency and ping are more or less the same thing when it comes to speed tests. Ping is the tool used to measure latency (or response delay). Most speed test tools use the terms “ping” and “latency” interchangeably. Testing your ping gives you a measurement in milliseconds “ms” which corresponds to the latency on your network and the “Round Trip Time” (RTT) of the ping’s call and response.

What’s a good ping/latency result?

In most cases, anything under 100ms is ideal. The sweet spot is below 50ms but most NBN connections in Australia average around 16.85ms according to May 2020’s ACCC’s broadband testing program so ping’s not much of an issue Down Under.

More fast NBN 100 plans

If you’re not getting the speed you need, it might be time to upgrade. Here’s a selection of some of the most popular NBN 100 plans on the market right now.