At a Glance
- Easily find true network speed; You can print results
- Doesn’t save results to disk
Test the speed of your LAN with this free program.
Note: This file addresses v1.1.5 of the
How fast is your network connection? No, I don’t mean how fast
you think it is, or how fast your network provider says it is–I
mean how fast is it in real-world conditions? LAN Speed Test is an
excellent, free way to find out.
Using LAN Speed Test couldn’t be simpler. Load the program,
click Start Test, and it will ask where you want to store a
temporary file it uses to test network speed. Don’t worry about
clogging your PC; it deletes the file after it performs the test.
Once you’ve done that, click again, and after a few seconds, it
shows results for both writing to your disk (essentially the
equivalent of download speed), and reading from your disk
(essentially the equivalent of upload speed). That’s all it takes.
Once you’ve got the results, you can print them.
Don’t run LAN Speed Test test a single time and expect to get
highly accurate results. From one moment to the next, there may be
network traffic condition, and changing circumstances. I found that
on several occasions there would be “outlier” results, results that
were very different from the vast majority of other results. Run
the test multiple times for a realistic picture of your connection
It’s also a good idea to run the tests at different times of the
day, again to get the truest picture of network speed. If you’re a
network administrator, that will help you see when network
congestion is highest. You may also want to run the tests on
different PCs, to see whether certain computers or parts of your
network have network issues.
LAN Speed Test would be more useful if it could save results to
disk, or even average the results for you. But given that this
program is free for business use as well as for personal use,
that’s a minor quibble. Whether you’re a network administrator, or
just an ordinary user who would like to know your true network
speed, you’ll find this a useful tool.