Check your connection speed

runs on Windows
screenshot of MyConnection PC Lite

Unless you live clear out in the boonies, you probably can't remember the last time you used a dialup connection. When you first dipped your toe in the online world, that 56k modem (or even the 33k or the lowly 28k connection) seemed pretty fast. Now that you're all broadband-equipped, your DSL, cable, or T1 just blasts along. Generally speaking, the money moves out of your wallet to your ISP at about that same speed, since they don't give that stuff away. So how do you know you're getting all the speed you're paying for?

MyConnection PC Lite is a free application you can use to see what kind of throughput you're really getting. They've got several different servers you can choose from, so you're not going to have to worry about erroneous readings based on a particular location. While there are a total of eight different tests included in this tool, you really only get to use two of them (a third has a fifteen-day time bomb built in). Balance that against the fact that the application is free for household use, and you may decide that it's worth your time to check it out.

You can run MyConnection PC Lite on Windows systems.

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One Response to “Check your connection speed”

  1. Dave says:

    Lowly 28K connection? The first time I went online was with a 300 baud modem. It seemed fast at the time – let’s face it, it was that or not be connected at all in those days (mid 80s).