To find the speed of your DSL connection, try a speed test website and and click on 'Begin test'. It will time how long it takes to download and upload test files to their site to tell you the speed of your connection.
It is normal for the download speed to be much faster than the upload speed. This is intentional, so that you are able to download big files quickly.
Normal, good results for 6Mb/s service would be something like 5.2 Mb/s download, and about 600 Kb/s upload.
If your results are not as good as you would expect, try asking your neighbours what speeds they are getting. That will give you an indication of how well your neighbourhood is being served by Bell. If your speeds are slower than your neighbours then check Troubleshooting (DSL) for ideas on what to check to improve your DSL performance.
- NCF Internet Speed Test (requires Adobe Flash)
- NCF Internet Speed Test (alternate) (requires Adobe Flash)
- Speedtest.net (requires Adobe Flash)
- Primus Internet Speed Test (requires Adobe Flash)
- SpeakEasy Speed Test (requires Adobe Flash)
- TechSavvy Speed Test (requires Java)
- Bandwidth Test Speed Test (Text only test - does not require Adobe Flash or Java)
- Speed of Me Speed Test (HTML5 test - does not require Adobe Flash or Java, but will require a modern browser that can use HTML5)
Note: Because different test servers are located in different geographical places their results will not be comparable to each other and testing the same DSL connection on different speed tests will give different results. If you use a speed test to monitor your connection over time, then always use the same test.