Sometimes, internet service providers, or ISPs, will throttle your connection if you hit your allotted bandwidth data cap. This can be frustrating. However, it is also avoidable if you know how to properly manage bandwidth usage. You do not have to start looking for computer repair services to help you manage bandwidth. Instead, you can start doing this now by conducting a speed test to measure bandwidth at its baseline. This will help you ensure that your ISP is actually delivery the internet speeds they promised. Find out how to do that below.
1. Pick A Device That Is Hardwired
The first thing you will need to do is to boot up your laptop or PC that has a hard wire connection to your internet. You do not want to conduct your speed test over WiFi, as those speeds will be slower and therefore less accurate. This needs to be done, regardless of whether you have a DSL or a cable modem. Otherwise, you will not be able to get an accurate baseline reading when you measure bandwidth for your device.
2. Power Down All Other Devices
You want to be sure that your measurement is accurate. That means you will need to power down all other devices that you are not using to measure bandwidth. You can also choose to put them in airplane mode. Whichever is easier. But if you do not do this, they may eat up bandwidth during your test. That will give you inaccurate results, which is definitely not what you want.
3. Close Out All Other Processes
The next thing you will need to do is close out all other processes on the device you are using to measure bandwidth. Just be sure to save your Dead Rising 3 game before you do. Do this by pressing Alt+Control+Delete at the same time to open the Task Manager menu. Then, close out any active applications. You want to make sure that your computer is as close to zero bandwidth consumption as possible. Once you have done this, you are ready to move on to the next step.
4. Open Up Your Internet Browser
Now, go ahead and open up your internet browser. You are going to need to navigate to a website for a bandwidth test or speed test. You can choose to visit Speedtest.net or BandwidthPlace.com. Or, you could just conduct a quick Google search to find a bandwidth test provider you prefer. Regardless of which you choose, make sure you head to a speed test website.
5. Run The Test
Once you are on the bandwidth test website of your choice, go ahead and run the test. It will only take a couple minutes or less. Then when you have the results, compare those baseline bandwidth measurements to the ones promised by your ISP. If there are any discrepancies, give them a call and let them know. This will also give you a strong case for some time of compensation for all those months you were wrongfully throttled. Make sure you run the test properly so you do not have to go through the process again when you are on the phone with customer service.
If you are an internet user, (and who isn’t?), you have probably been throttled by your ISP once or twice for exceeding bandwidth usage. This is frustrating. However, you can easily prevent this by better managing your bandwidth. Luckily, you do not have to attend Oracle Openworld to learn that the key to doing this is to make sure your ISP is delivering the internet speeds they promised when you signed up. Follow the steps above to learn how to measure bandwidth by conducting a speed test. Then, use this knowledge to help you ensure you never have to worry about throttled internet services ever again.
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