How fast is your broadband?

There is a question that is debated in classrooms, workplaces and pubs across the globe, and nobody is satisfied with the answer. The question that is the cause of so much debating is ‘how fast is your broadband?’ We have all seen the advertising blurbs offering broadband with speed equivalent to sound, but in reality having taken a broadband speed test, we all know there are very few of us who actually achieve the speed of what they are offering.

When broadband first came about, and you had the old style dial up, the only way you would ever get the promised speed was if you were living actually in the car park of the exchange. There was a thing that the providers called ‘a long line’, effectively meaning that the further you lived away from the exchange the slower your broadband speed would be and the more drop outs were likely.

Things have moved on since then thankfully, but broadband that is still received through a telephone line tends to be more problematic than that which comes courtesy of fibre optic cables. This brings with it faster and more reliable broadband, but nothing is perfect obviously, and all broadband can drop out from time to time.

There are literally dozens of companies offering broadband deals now, and they all promise amazing broadband. If you are unhappy with your service and are tempted by another company, there are a few things you can do first. To start with, you can go online and find out what speed that company offers in your street.

This is easily done as all you need to enter is your postcode and current provider. This will tell you the speed you are getting, and what the other companies can give you. This is a great way of comparing what you can realistically expect, and you will not fall for the ‘up to 10meg’ blurb and end up with 2 or 3. There are invariably some companies faster than others, and if one of them is available in your area all the better.

At the end of the day, there is a lot of store set on the speed of a broadband connection, and those who use it on a recreational basis don’t need huge speeds. Gamers or those who stream or download a lot will greatly benefit from a faster service, so it is all really down to what you use your internet for.