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If you having remote desktop internet connectivity issues, its sometimes useful to do a internet speed test, following are instructions on how to do that via your browser.

As with all statistics be careful what you are measuring, what you are measuring here is the available bandwidth to your PC at a point in time. If you are running this test this while someone is doing a big download or watching Netflix in the other room then what you are measuring is not the capacity of your internet connection but the *available* capacity of your internet connect at that given time. You may wish to check either or both of these situations.

This type of test is not hugely accurate but will give you a good idea if you are having issues that are significant enough to impact on your remote desktop or other internet usage experience.

First browse to http://www.speedtest.net/

Wait for the page to load and then click on the "begin test" button as shown below. DON'T click on anything else if get tricked into installing any software.

Internet speed test

Wait while it does a download and upload test and then view the results similar to below:

SpeedtestResults

Again don't get tricked into running or installing anything else. Note that the results above are typical of an unrestricted ADSL1 service.

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