Understanding your Internet connection speed

Here’s what those numbers mean.

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Download speed

This number is a measure of how quickly your device gets data from the Internet. It’s expressed in megabits per second — Mbps.

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Upload speed

This is a measure of how quickly your device sends data back up to the Internet, also in Mbps.

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Host

It’s a main computer or device connected to the Internet providing services to other computers or devices.

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IPv6 vs. IPv4

IPv6 is the Internet address standard used for sending data back and forth over the Internet.

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Latency

This is the time it takes data to travel between your device and the host, expressed in milliseconds.