How do I know what the numbers mean in a bandwidth test?

Ray Martin December 21, 2011

What do the numbers mean in a download/upload speed test? Are these good or bad numbers?

Ping 85ms

D/sp 0.28


  1. 111122223222
    April 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    The Greater The Number Is The Better Phone

  2. An Truong1963
    April 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    It is good because the higher the number is the better score which means better phone

  3. James Bruce
    December 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

    For comparison, my reported speeds are:

    Ping: 9ms 
    Download: 49.95 mbs
    Upload: 1.5 mbs

    My upload is terrible. But whatever internet you have, you should change it, because it's ridiculously bad. What is it , like a 56k dial-up line or something? 

  4. Anonymous
    December 21, 2011 at 9:21 am

    good and bad depends on what you do, for surfing is nice figure, to go up in levels download huge files, play online games well then its normal values.

    • James Bruce
      December 21, 2011 at 11:10 am

      those are normal values for you? Where on earth do you live?! 

      • Anonymous
        December 21, 2011 at 11:15 am

        Hollow earth
        Mine is
        ping 31ms
        download 11.29 Mbps
        upload 0.87 Mbps

        maybe the fellow has limited internet subscription, so based on the subscription then its normal

    December 21, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Hello, the ping number means the time it takes the connection from your computer to reach a server and back.  What is the advertised speed for your internet package?  What measurement is this speed test using?  It is better if you take different tests and from different sites if possible. Also keep in mind that the closest the server is to you, the better it is. Also, if you do your testing at peak hours, it might affect your readings.

    kbps= kilobits per second
    kBps= kilobytes per second
    Mbps= megabit per second
    MBps=megabytes per second

    You could get your true speed by getting the measurement you get in kB/second divided by 8 and then divide it by 1024.

    • Strydr Denis
      December 21, 2011 at 8:30 am

      I always thought that 8 bits = 1 byte therefore 1KB would equal 1000 Bytes or 8000 bits.

      • FIDELIS
        December 21, 2011 at 8:39 am

        Hello, yes you are right. I meant 8 kilobits

  6. Strydr Denis
    December 21, 2011 at 4:45 am

    I would call these speeds terrible. You didn't mention what kind of Internet connection you have,is it Dial-Up,Cable, DSL or whatever. My
    take on those speeds is that your Ping is not bad,it  is the time it takes your signal to travel from your computer to a certain site and back to your computer.
    Normally upload and download speeds are measured in kb/s so your speeds are low. Another thing is that your upload and download speeds look reversed. Normally your download speeds are many times faster then your upload speeds.
    I would call your ISP and have this looked into.

  7. Jeff Fabish
    December 21, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Hi Ray,

    Please take the test at and (take both). Chose a server closest to your location and post the results (along with the distance from the server to your location).

    Ping: Ping is how long it takes for your system to speak to the server and come back. When your computer sends out a packet (a box of data) to a server, it must respond as quickly as possible so that you don't experience lag (the anomaly of receiving data extremely later than anticipated). The lower the response time, the better.

    Download: This is how fast your network is downloading a file. I can't say for sure how well you did on this test, as it depends what you're paying for. Generally, 10mbps is very decent. Anything less than 2-3/mbps should raise suspicion. The higher the speed, the better.

    Upload: This is how long it takes your network to upload a file to a server. Depending on the package you have from your ISP, 0.9 is quite good. The higher the speed, the better.

    Jitter: Jitter is the variation in traversal routes. Generally, this shouldn't be any higher than 3 - 5/ms. Anything higher and your network is probably experiencing interference. The lower the jitter, the better.

    Packet Loss: Packet loss is (as it sounds) the amount of packets that were lost on the route. You shouldn't lose any packets, since the test is being conducted on the TCP rule-set. The less loss, the better.

    - Jeff

    • Butterflyhustlers
      January 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      but how do you know if its good by the number? is everything good on the left side of the point or the right side??  for example 1.87 or .8 or .87 which is greater than? this is what i dont get.

      • James Bruce
        January 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

        You don't know which is the greatest number between 0.8 and 0.87? That's not really something we can help with. Jeff already explained for which stats the higher number is better... 

        Tests give a different , but not wildly varying result, because conditions are not the same all the time. You're sending a series of electronic pulses across continents - of course it's not going to be exactly the same result each time. 

    • Butterflyhustlers
      January 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      and why does the tests give you different numbers every time? how am i or we know which to believe?

      • Wayne
        July 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm

        Ping is used to determine the speed/distance between you and another.

        You will always find that there are different ping speeds, this is because the difference in distance between you and each of the things you ping will be different. If you were to play an online game you will always get a ping value, and the lowest ping will mean the least amount of jumping graphics, lag and other things occur.
        to give you a better undertanding of ping, click start>run then type in cmd
        When this opens type tracert
        lots of info appears but its basically showing you all of the different servers you apre passing through to reach google itself. The number at the end of each line is the speed.
        Try it with a few different web addresses

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