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Are you looking to see what Internet speed you receive? Whether you surf online occasionally or spend hours downloading music, streaming movies and gaming, you can check your speed right here. Use the RCN Speed Test to measure your Internet connection and see if there are steps you can take to improve your performance.

How to Test

Running a speed test using a Wi-Fi connection will result in slower speeds. If you use a Wi-Fi connection, it will not deliver the same speeds as your wired connection. A wired connection will always offer the best speed.

Testing your speed using an older computer, outdated modems or wireless equipment will slow your speed. If you test on an older computer or device that is not compatible with current technology you will experience slower speeds. Internet traffic and the speed of the website being visited could also slow you down.

Use a Wired Connection

A wired connection will always provide the fastest speed and best Internet experience. Connect your computer to your modem using an Ethernet cable. Here’s how:

  1. Connect the Ethernet cable from the back of the modem to the open Ethernet port on your computer.
  2. Connect the power cord from the back of the modem to an electrical outlet.
  3. Check the modem and router lights to confirm they have power, and are connected to the network and your computer.

Remember that every Ethernet cable has a speed limit. Some cables only support speeds up to 10 Mbps, which is slower than most RCN Internet speed packages. Make sure your Ethernet cable can support the speed you’ve signed up for. If not, you’ll need one that will.

You should also limit the number of applications and devices using your Internet connection before starting the test. The test takes less than a minute and measures both download and upload speeds.

High-speed modem required for RCN High-Speed Internet service. If a data outlet is needed, an additional outlet fee may apply in addition to applicable installation fees. Actual speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. The actual range and reliability of a wireless network is affected by a number of factors. Downstream data speed may be affected by whether the data accessed is cached or non-cached; Internet-related factors, such as the location and configuration of each accessed server; internal network factors, including customer compliance with RCN usage policies set forth in the acceptable usage policy; the level of overall traffic; and the customer’s computer configuration. RCN's FCC Network Management Disclosure makes available information regarding our network management practices and the performance and commercial terms of our broadband Internet access services to enable you to make informed choices regarding the purchase and use of our services, in accordance with Part 8 of the Rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The availability of services, pricing and offerings displayed on this site are for residential new RCN customers only. Commercial and business pricing and service offerings differ.

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