Generally, when we want check our internet speed, we do this using a speed test website. Although the results are correct, they have certain drawbacks. For example, they do not keep track of the data used. Similarly, it is a bit long to check the speed. What if you could constantly monitor your Internet speed in Windows 10 or test your speed instantly? Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
In this article, we have selected 5 amazing tools that allow you to track your Internet speed. You can either test your Internet speed or follow it continuously from the taskbar. All the apps mentioned below are free. However, we have also included paid apps for you in case you want to try them out.
Let’s check out the best internet speedometer apps for Windows 10 PC.
1. Network speed test
If you are looking for a simple application that displays only download speed and trouble free download, the network speed test application would be a good choice. Just launch the application once it is installed and click on the Start button to start the speed test. As a bonus, you can also see the history of the network speed maintained by the application.
A close look at the graph will reveal that the app is showing you possible activities with your internet speed. So if you have a speed lower than 0.5 Mbps, you will have problems while high quality video streaming.
Point: Open the app in full screen to view all the data.
- Simple and easy to use
- Speed test history
- Lack of features such as the data usage monitor
- No taskbar icon or widget
2. Speedtest by Ookla
The popular speed test website speedtest.net has a dedicated application for Windows 10. The application is easy to use. Click the Go button to start the test. The result will show the name and download speed of your ISP. You can even change the server.
In case you were wondering, yes, the app saves the history of results. To see this, click on the settings icon at the top. Fortunately, the app data resizes automatically when you change its size.
- Works well with Windows 10
- Show the story
- Do not display the list of applications using data
- No widget or taskbar icon
If you want to monitor your Internet speed in real time, you should try a bandwidth monitoring tool such as NetSpeedMonitor. It adds a speedometer your taskbar from where you can always monitor the download and upload speed. However, it does not allow you to check the speed of your Internet.
You can customize the text color and bit rate displayed in the taskbar. You can even check which applications are currently using your Internet by right-clicking the icon on its taskbar and selecting Connections. The tool also enables your daily use of the data. We have covered how to install and use NetSpeedMonitor to display Internet speed in the taskbar in detail.
Point: If you want a similar tool, check BitMeter 2.
- No speed test
- Installation is tricky
4. Use of data
Users who want a feature-rich speedometer app for free will love the data usage. In addition to allowing you to perform a speed test, the application offers network usage table and billing details that can be customized. All of this is brought together on a single screen accessible by scrolling through the Data Usage application window.
5. Use the speed checker built into Windows
Instead of downloading a third-party tool to track your speed, you can use the native network analyzer feature offered by Windows 10. You will need to take a few more steps to make the best use of it.
Here are the steps to use it in the best possible way.
Step 1: Open Task Manager on your Windows 10 PC. To do this, right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager.
2nd step: In Task Manager, go to the Performance tab and click on Wi-Fi. Here you can see your Internet speed. However, we are not finished yet. Check the next step.
Step 3: Click Options and select Always at the top.
Step 4: Right-click Wi-Fi in the Performance tab and select Summary View.
Step 5: Slide the window to the right or your preferred location. Reduce the windows so that only the Wi-Fi zone is visible. Congratulations. Your personalized speedometer is ready.
Check paid apps
If you agree with paid apps, you can try DU Meter and NetWorx. Both offer a 30-day trial period with all the features after which you have to pay. They both have similar functionality, such as displaying internet speed in the taskbar, usage quota, live speed test, etc.
To be informed
For the best speed test results, you should not perform any network-related activity on your computer at the time of the test, such as downloading a file or watching a video. You should also avoid using a VPN.
Most Internet speed test results are displayed in Mbps where M stands for Mega, b for one bit, p for per and s for seconds. However, your downloads or files generally have the MB format where B represents the bytes. Basically, 1 byte has 8 bits. If you want to convert your Internet speed to MB, divide it by 8.
Some applications will display the speed in Kbps where K is Kilo and b is a little. You can convert it to Mbps by dividing the value in Kbps by 1000. The speed in both cases will be the same. Kb or Mb is simply a way of representing speed.
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Last updated April 3, 2020