Are you looking to see what internet speeds you receive? Whether you surf online occasionally or spend hours downloading music, streaming movies and gaming, you can check your internet speed right here. Use the RCN speed test to measure your internet or WiFi connection and see if there are steps you can take to maximize your performance.
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Testing your internet or WiFi speeds is just a button click away, but before you do there are a few steps to keep in mind to ensure you get the best possible results.
A wired connection will always provide the fastest speed and best Internet experience. When performing the speed test be sure to connect your computer to your modem using an Ethernet cable:
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.
Be sure to turn off unused devices including laptops, tablets, phones, gaming systems, or other smart home devices. Multiple devices connected to your home network may result in slower internet and WiFi speeds. This is because devices divide bandwidth like a pie, with each device taking the portion it needs at the time of use resulting in slower speeds.
Applications or programs running in the background, even when not in use, may be using your internet connection. It is recommended that these programs be closed until after the speed test is completed.
Download speeds are the rate at which your computer or device receives information, or data from another computer, device, or server. For example, watching a show on Netflix requires you to download content from Netflix’s servers, which is then delivered to your device or TV. Upload speeds are the rate at which data is sent from your computer or device and received by another computer, device, or server. For example, when playing online video games data must be sent from your computer or system to the server hosting the game.
Yes, testing your speed using an older computer, outdated modems or wireless equipment will slow your speed.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. To see what speeds your device can support, check the owner’s manual or perform a web search using its model number. Alternatively, you may wish to consider upgrading to a DOCSIS 3.0 WiFi and modem to support a higher throughput, such as gigabit internet.
No, you can test your internet speeds while connected to a Virtual Private Network (VPN), however, you may experience errors or slower-than-expected results. For the best results it’s recommended that you disconnect from the VPN and re-run the speed test.
Many factors influence your home WiFi speeds. With smart devices and internet browsing, sometimes it gets crowded on your wireless network. You can boost your WiFi speeds by preventing WiFi interference, moving closer to the WiFi router, reducing the number of connected devices, password protecting your home network, and keeping your devices clean of malware and cookies.
*Internet download speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Observed speeds may vary based on device connection & other factors outside of RCN’s control. Gig Internet offers speeds up to 940 Mbps. See rcn.com/yourspeed for why speeds may vary. Certain equipment may be required to receive Gigabit speeds up to 940 Mbps. RCN substantiates that the cable modem equipment provided, and the configuration of such cable modem, meets the broadband speeds advertised when attached to a wired connection based on SamKnows testing procedures. 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; stated speeds are up to subscribed to/stated speed 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 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).
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