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How to determine your computer's upload speed

Updated on December 24, 2010

Using your computer to download data over the Internet is simple and fast. With just one click, your download begins and ends in just a few seconds. Even if you decide to download a very large file, it will still only take a few seconds to a few minutes to get the complete file downloaded to your computer.

But what about uploading a file? How long does it take to upload a small file to the Internet? For that matter, how long does it take to upload a large file to the Internet?

To answer these questions, you need to know just how fast your computer can upload data to the Internet. You can also pay more money to get a faster upload speed. It really depends upon your needs.

Before taking any steps to try to increase your upload speed, you need to find out what your upload speed is. Fortunately, there are a number of places on the Internet that have a simple test that you can run, to see just how fast your computer can upload data to the Internet.

You will find for the most part, your upload speed will be magnitudes slower than your download speed. The reasoning for a slower upload speed, is that most Internet users only download data. That may have been true just a few years ago, but in today's Internet world, users have the potential of uploading very large files of images, videos, and data.

OK. Here is the point of the article. Select the speed test site nearest you using the URL link at the end of this article, to run the speed test for your computer. Beside showing cool graphics, it will display your computer's download and upload Internet connection speeds. Here is an example of the data that you will get back from the test.

Download Speed: 2402 kbps (300.3 KB/sec transfer rate)

Upload Speed: 431 kbps (53.9 KB/sec transfer rate)

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Here is a translation of what the above data means. Using the speed data above as an example, if you are trying to download a 50MB file, it would take about 2 minute and 7 seconds to complete the transfer to your computer. But, if you were trying to upload the same size data file, it would take about 14 minute and 5 seconds to upload.

This information comes in handy when you are uploading a data file associated with an online backup storage service. You will know how long it will take to upload data to the storage service; thereby allowing you to pick a better time for the upload to occur.

Oh, by the way, the upload time given above is an ideal speed when the Internet is not overly busy. If you try to upload a file during peak Internet time, it will take longer to upload the file.

So, when you run the speed test for your computer, run the test during the average time of day that you use your computer. And, run the test during peak time to see the differences between average time and peak Internet usage time.

Using the link below, find out what your computer's upload and download speed are.

Speed Test Link


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      Asus 6 years ago

      Thanks for this read mate. Well, this is my first visit to your blog!

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      Abiyyu 6 years ago

      Very informative Hub.. :) and I will open the speed test link from your Hub. Thx.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for another useful and informative Hub. My Laptop seems to be slower these days opening websites. After typing these comments, I will open the speed test link in your Hub.

      You are very intelligent Floating Mind. (Wink, wink) lol