Broadband Speed Test

Find out how fast your broadband connection is by using our simple broadband speed test to measure your upload and download speeds.

Maybe your broadband provider advertised speeds of “up to” 8Mbps or even 20Mbps, but what speeds are you really getting?

Use our speed test tool on the right and watch the dials whirl as we accurately measure the real speed of your existing broadband connection.

Not getting the speeds you want?

Check out the table below to compare some of the fastest broadband plans in Australia.

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High Speed Broadband Plans

   

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1

Belong 500GB NBN
$60 per month for 500GB on the NBN
12 month contract
$0 Wi-Fi modem.
Min cost $720 over a 12 month plan.
$0 standard activation.
Additional charge applies for non-standard activations.

NBN 12m 12Mbps/1Mbps 500GB $60.00
2

Belong 100GB NBN
$50 per month for 100GB on the NBN
12Mbps/1Mbps Speed
12 month contract
$0 Wi-Fi modem.
Min cost $600 over a 12 month plan.
$0 standard activation.
Offer ends 24 August.
New customers only.
Additional charge applies for non-standard activations.

NBN 12m 12Mbps/1Mbps 100GB $50.00
3

Belong Unlimited NBN
$65 per month for unlimited data on the NBN
12 month contract
$0 Wi-Fi modem.
Offer ends 24 August.
Min cost $780.
$0 standard activation.
Additional charge applies for non-standard activations.

NBN 12M 12Mbps/1Mbps UNTLD $65.00
4

8000 Super 40 Anytime
Requires home phone line.
0-24m contract options.
Choose modem or BYO.
Min total cost $1918.80

ADSL 24m 8Mbps 40GB $79.95
5

8000 75
Requires home phone line.
0-24m contract options.
Choose modem or BYO.
30GBpeak-45GB offpeak.
Min total cost $2158.80

ADSL 24m 8Mbps 75GB $89.95
6

8000 100
Requires home phone line.
0-24m contract options.
Choose modem or BYO.
40GBpeak-60GB offpeak.
Min total cost $2398.80

ADSL 24m 8Mbps 100GB $99.95
7

8000 160
Requires home phone line.
0-24m contract options.
Choose modem or BYO.
40GBpeak-120GB offpeak.
Min total cost $2878.80

ADSL 24m 8Mbps 160GB $119.95
8

1500 Super 15 Anytime
Requires home phone line.
0-24m contract options.
Choose modem or BYO.
Min total cost $1198.80

ADSL 24m 1.5Mbps 15GB $49.95
9

1500 Super 40 Anytime
Requires home phone line.
0-24m contract options.
Choose modem or BYO.
Min total cost $1438.80

ADSL 24m 1.5Mbps 40GB $59.95
10

1500 75
Requires home phone line.
0-24m contract options.
Choose modem or BYO.
30GBpeak-45GB offpeak
Min total cost $1678.80

ADSL 24m 1.5Mbps 75GB $69.95

Broadband Speed

As you check your broadband speed you will probably notice that it fluctuates with every test. This has nothing to do with a fault in your ADSL or Cable connection.

The speed of your connection can be affected by many factors, so let’s take a look at the main ones before you ring up your service provider to complain.

Terminology

Speed is usually measured in kps or kilobits per second, which is the amount of data being transferred through your connection.

The ADSL modem is the device through which data is transmitted. To be labelled a high-speed ADSL modem it needs to be processing 200 kb per second or more.

A cable modem is one which is connected by cable directly into your computer, independent of any phone line connections. A good cable modem is capable of speeds up to 10 Mb per second.

What Affects The Speed?

The technical capability of your modem is rarely the reason that the speed is fast or slow. The major factors affecting speed of any Internet connection are the performance of the server you are trying to reach and the amount of traffic on the Internet.

But there are other factors that can affect speed as well. Things such as:

  • The distance from the telephone exchange.
  • Other services that are being used on the copper wires.
  • The quality of the copper wire between the exchange and your house.
  • Interference from electrical sources.
  • The quality of the copper wire within your connection.
  • The programs in use on your computer.
  • The quality of your hardware and software.
  • The speed of the website you are visiting.
  • The amount of traffic on the Internet.

So What Can I Do?

Make sure you have the best quality modem you can afford. Despite the claims of manufacturers you should always take the advice of a reputable supplier.

Keep your modem away from other electrical devices that could be interfering with its performance. Other electronic equipment will emit Electronic Magnetic Interference or EMI, which can affect speed at which your modem can transmit data.

Make sure you have a line filter properly installed. This is especially important if you have three telephony devices or more in your residence. In this case you should have what is known as a Central Splitter which needs to be professionally installed. Your television should be counted as one of the three telephony devices.

If you think you are experiencing extraordinarily slow speed with no apparent reason, then a phone call to your provider might be in order. Sometimes there are line maintenance issues which can mean that certain areas are affected from time to time.

Your agreement with your Internet service provider is a contract and you are entitled to question them about their side of the bargain.

Occasionally your equipment may be to blame. There are diagnostic tests which can be performed on your modem and your router to see whether they are performing at optimal levels. Your provider can assist you in this process by taking you through some simple steps over the telephone.

You will find that your broadband speed will fall within the same margins around 99% of the time. If you check every now and then you will find this to be the case.

Nevertheless, if you have any doubts it is best to call your provider and hammer out any problems immediately.