The ping test checks the time it takes a packet of data to travel from your computer, to a remote server and back to your computer. This particular test will test multiple servers simultaneously reporting back to you an overall grade of the performance. Normal latency varies by the type of connection from 5 – 40ms for cable modem, 10 – 70ms for DSL, 100 to 220ms for dial-up and 200 – 600 for cellular. The distance to the remote server also adds to latency, you can estimate an additional 1ms in latency for every 60 miles (100km) the data travels.
Run Ping Test. From the tools page, select Start, in the Ping Test (Real Time) box. This will advance you to a page indicating that all of the listed servers will be ping-ed twice per second and every thirty (30) seconds a report on your connection from A to F will be provided.
Click Start. A radar plot will show along with a chart of the various server locations, their IP address and the real time statistics about the connection latency.
View the report. As the test is running, your connection’s grade will appear on the left column, with a new grade every 30 seconds. When the test is complete you will be given the option to test again or share your results.