Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021, 15:03 Mac: Software

macOS Monterey – Test WiFi/Internet Speed With Built-In Tools

There are numerous apps and websites promising an exact measurement of internet speed – and it still looks as if there's a good deal of demand for such tools. For example, many users have sought out such tools to compare the speed of the internet connection of their home internet connection to a public one – or simply to determine whether or not they're being shorted anything by their internet provider. However, there's a new method for users to test their internet connection on macOS Monterey via a simple Terminal command – without installing any third party apps or using any external sites.

Determining A Connection's Responsiveness Via Terminal
Executing a speed test couldn't be simpler: Open "Terminal" (to do so, simply type "Terminal" into Spotlight) and then enter the command "networkQuality". After that, the operating system will do the rest. The tool will provide values for upload and download speeds and calculates an estimate of the current connection quality in the form of three values: "Low", "Medium", or "High". Unlike third party apps on the Mac App Store or websites online, Terminal simultaneously measures both upstream and downstream speeds offering up a much more realistic picture of the overall connection. During practical usage, there's not normally a condition under which uploads and downloads occur sequentially. However, those interested in the speed values measured separately can do so with the simple addition of the following paramater: "-s".

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Network "Responsiveness" According To Apple
According to an Apple support document, "Responsiveness" is measured in roundtrips per minute – or the number of transactions or packet circulations which a network can execute under normal conditions within the span of a minute. Higher values are thus indication of a better internet connection. Of course, the test can also be run on wired connections, to determine discrepancy between WiFi (wireless) and ethernet (wired) connections – which can be useful for determining whether or not there's a problem with the ISP or the user's equipment.

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