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Overview of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Speed Test Tool

The Speed Test Tool of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi allows you to check the current speed and performance of your Internet connection.  It lets you see the current upload and the download speeds to and from your home network. This article will give you an overview of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Speed Test Tool.

What is an upload speed?
 
The Upload speed measures the speed of data transfer from your home network.  A few examples of upload are:

  • Sending an email with attachments such as image files or documents
  • Uploading videos or images to a website 

What is download speed?
 
The Download speed measures the speed of data coming to your home network.  A few examples of download are:

  • Receiving emails and downloading their attachments
  • Opening a website or document accessed over the Internet 

It is recommended to perform multiple Speed Tests at different times during the day because the download and upload speed may vary and can be affected by the following factors:

  • The number of devices connected to your home network simultaneously
  • Activities and online applications which require a lot of bandwidth such as video streaming or Voice over Internet Phone (VoIP)

Some factors that may affect your Internet speed test include:
  • The time of day when the test is being run
  • Other users on the Internet using the Speed Test Tool
  • Other computers in your network that are using the Internet
  • Wired versus wireless connections
  • Wireless security type being used 
QUICK TIP:  Factors such as number of devices connected to your network at the same time as well as running applications and activities that require a large amount of throughput such as video streaming and Voice over Internet Phone (VoIP) can affect the upload and download speed of your Internet.
 

How do I use the Speed Test Tool?

You can use the Speed Test Tool by accessing the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account.  You need to enter the correct email address and password when prompted to log in.  For further details on how to use the Speed Test Tool, click here.

IMPORTANT:  The Speed Test must only be performed if you are logged in to your local network.


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