This article will show you the best method for manually testing the speed of your internet connection, which is an alternative to our speed test tool. Manual testing can be useful for checking the speed of high capacity services such as NBN™ broadband or Cable broadband that require multiple downloads.
- For ADSL/ADLS2+, Naked DSL, NBN™ Fibre to the Node/Building (FTTN/FTTB) or NBN™ Satellite, your computer should be cable-connected to your modem.
- For Fibre to the Home (FTTH), NBN™ Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) and NBN™ Wireless, your computer should be cable-connected to the activated UNI-D port on your Connection Box.
- WiFi connections are typically slower than cable connections because the WiFi signal can get some interference.
Fibre or any type of NBN™ broadband: Choose "test500MB.dat"
ADSL 2+: Choose "test100MB.dat"
ADSL1: Choose "test50MB.dat"
Dialup: Choose "1MB.dat"
Note: Your web browser preferences may be configured to always save files to a particular folder, such as your Downloads folder. This happens when "Do this automatically for files like this from now on" has been ticked in the past.
In Firefox, click the down arrow icon in the top right corner then select Show All Downloads.
In Internet Explorer, click View downloads in the download bar at the bottom of the window.
In Google Chrome, while the file is downloading, click Show all downloads in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
Microsoft Edge (Not currently suitable)
As per the screenshot below, even the expanded download view of Edge does not currently show the data transfer rate for your downloads. Please test using a different browser until Microsoft makes an update to include this feature, or try our speed test tool.
Safari (Not currently suitable)
As per the screenshot below, the data transfer rate is not shown when viewing downloads in Safari 9 or later. You may see the download transfer rate in older versions of Safari. Alternatively, please test using a different browser such as Google Chrome or try our speed test tool.
Please note: for some high speed connection types, (e.g. NBN™ FTTP or Cable) multiple downloads must be run simultaneously to access the full bandwidth of your connection.
If you have trouble completing your speed test or understanding the results, please call us on 13 22 58 and we'll be happy to give you a hand.