Solo Tip Tuesday: Test the Speed of Your Internet Connection—For Free!

by Reba Nance on October 30, 2012

Sometimes, ISPs will be a bit “misleading” about the download/upload speed of their service. Really. Perhaps a little variance is not an issue if you have a cable link, but for rural or home offices that have to depend on satellite or an Internet stick service this can be frustrating. It is even more frustrating if you don’t have the ability to prove you are getting less than you paid for. The answer is: Speedtest.net.

Click “Begin Now” and it will test how fast your connection to the Internet is. No need to do the scan or anything like that. Monitor it through out the day to see whether it varies, especially if you use an Internet stick or satellite (peak hours are 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.). If you do use an Internet stick or satellite, 0.8 is the minimum download speed you would want. Above 2.0 is good (or so I was told).

Thanks to Bjorn Christianson, Q.C., my counterpart in Manitoba, Canada, for today’s tip.

You can see this tip and others, on topics ranging from Outlook and Word help to App reviews and online tools, all here.

Longtime readers of the Colorado Bar Association’s C-Brief, its weekly eNewsletter, know each week there is a tip from Law Practice Management Director Reba Nance. Those tips are moving beyond the newsletter and now have a permanent home within the Practice Management section of CBA’s website. We’ll share some of the best tips each week here as Solo Tip Tuesday.

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