Suddenlink Speed Test Tips

Things you should consider before running your speed test:

  • Internet speed changes throughout the day. Test your speed mulitple times for clear results.
  • Run the speed test in the same room and in clear sight of your router for the most accurate result.
  • Complete downloads on all connected devices prior to running the test.
Results

Slow

Your Internet should support the following:

  • Light internet browsing
  • You may experience interrupted video streaming
  • Ideal for fewer than 3 devices
Results

Average

Your Internet should support the following:

  • Moderate internet browsing
  • HD video streaming
  • Music and photo download
Results

Fast

Your Internet should support the following:

  • Multiplayer gaming
  • 4K video streaming
  • Uninterrupted video calling
Results

Extremely Fast

Your Internet should support the following:

  • Multiplayer gaming
  • 4K video streaming on multiple devices
  • Fast file download and upload
  • Heavy Internet usage
  • Uninterrupted video calling

Suddenlink Speed Test

Moving is stressful, particularly since there is a lot to consider. What's even more hectic is finding or switching Internet providers and plans after the move. We have put together an easy reference guide to ensure that you stay connected and avoid gaps in coverage.

Understanding your Internet connection speed

Internet speed refers to how much data can be transferred over the web on a single connection at a time. The connection speed is the biggest consideration when choosing an Internet service provider. It determines how quickly you can perform tasks online and the number of tasks your network can handle at a time. Data speeds are measured in megabits per second (Mbps). Typically, a fast connection has download speeds of up to 76 Mbps and upload speeds of 19 Mbps. You can check these speeds through services such as the Suddenlink speed test above. Notably, broadband Internet is one of the fastest Internet options available across the nation today. It supports fast and easy upload and download speeds.

What is a good Internet speed?

The Federal Communications Commission defines speeds above 25 megabits per second as an advanced service. This speed should meet most user's Internet needs. Still, certain household and handheld devices require higher Suddenlink Internet speed rates. For instance, gaming and streaming need higher Internet speeds. These considerations should inform your decision for an Internet service plan.

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Determining what your speed means

Up to
25
Mbps

Ideal for 1-2 devices

  • Suitable for 1 person
  • Light Internet browsing
  • Music and photo download
Up to
100
Mbps

Ideal for up to 6 devices

  • Suitable for 1-2 people
  • Moderate Internet browsing
  • Stream HD videos
Up to
300
Mbps

Ideal for up to 9 devices

  • Suitable for 2-3 people
  • Manage large files
  • Stream 4k videos
  • Multiplayer gaming
Up to
940
Mbps

Ideal for 10+ devices

  • Suitable for 4+ people
  • Heavy Internet usage
  • Stream 4k videos
  • Multiplayer gaming

Connection speed on your router

A router is an important component of your WiFi network. It is an electronic device that sends data received from an Internet cable to other devices. Additionally, it acts as a wireless access point. Data is shared from it through radio signals. Most Internet service providers will have a guide on the benefits and speeds of each of their plans. Notably, most basic plans start at speeds of up to 25 Mbps. This should be enough Internet speed for the average household.

Tips for improving your WiFi speed

Chances are that your most essential need is an instant connection. Besides, no one likes sluggish WiFi. How then, can you improve your speed, given that WiFi is a fickle thing?

Positioning

Place your router away from any metal objects and appliances. These emit electromagnetic waves that alter the radio waves from the router.

Keep your router updated

To protect your router from malware attacks, perform scheduled updates. These updates ensure that no virus steals the available bandwidth. Besides, keeping your router updated provides you the opportunity for faster Internet speeds. Additionally, you are more likely to access better support for hardware issues.

Get a stronger antenna

For the strongest connection, get a 10-dB antenna for your WiFi router. Additionally, it should be about 15 inches tall. This is different from the generic antenna that comes with most routers which are often 5 inches tall and only 5-dB.

Cut off the free loaders

If you are experiencing a lag in your speeds, you want to consider cutting off users who do not pay for the service. It would be perfect if you had a password in place to avoid unauthorized access to your WiFi. As an additional measure, regularly change your passwords for extra protection.

Buy a WiFi repeater

Add a repeater to your connection to amplify the existing signal. The booster takes an existing signal from your router and rebroadcasts it as a new network.

Switch to a different WiFi channel

In the United States, WiFi routers are allowed up to six channels from which the device can broadcast. You can switch from the default channel to the other five presents, thus getting off WiFi channels with too many packets.

Control bandwidth-heavy applications

Most routers support services like Quality of Service. The service allows users to prioritize certain applications over others. This is useful when one application interrupts the speed.

Reboot

A timeless IT advice is always to switch the router on and off. By rebooting the router, you clear its memory. This should significantly improve the speed of your router.

Measure wired Internet performance

To measure the wired Internet performance, you will need an Ethernet cable and a laptop. Connect the cable to the modem. After that, visit an IT Internet speed site to test the speed and performance of your device.

Purchase a better Internet plan

Consider how many devices are linked to your Internet via WiFi. Most users have computers, mobile phones and various smart home products connected to the WiFi. These use up a substantial amount of bandwidth. Unfortunately, not all Internet plans can provide that amount. Choose a provider that can offer you Internet packages that support your browsing habits and lifestyle. Note that a higher bandwidth package attracts a higher price.

Common connectivity issues

A connectivity issue can be irritating. It affects device speed. Below are some of the most common network issues that you are likely to experience: ● Computer viruses can infect a single computer unit and the entire network. The virus leads to poor network performance. ● Wireless network showing a signal, yet devices will not connect. This is often due to problems with the wireless router or the network card itself. ● Duplicated IP address where the user gets an error message stating the IP address is already in use. ● Slow-running applications can affect your overall productivity, ping time and download speed. ● IP address exhaustion whereas a user you get an alert stating that the address was not received from the DHCP server. ● Single workstations cannot connect to the network due to poor WiFi signals, failing network cards or incorrect drivers.
Suddenlink Frequently Asked Questions
How fast is my Suddenlink Internet?
Suddenlink offers a variety of Internet packages with download speeds ranging from up to 50 Mbps to up to 1,000 Mbps. Their Internet 1 Gig plan, with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, is available in select areas. 
 
Suddenlink offers a variety of Internet packages with download speeds ranging from up to 50 Mbps to
The fastest download speed available from Suddenlink is their Internet 1000 plan, which offers speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, or 1 Gbps (1 Gig). This plan features upload speeds up to 50 Mbps.
Does Suddenlink Internet have data limits?
Many of Suddenlink’s larger Internet plans offer unlimited data usage, while some smaller tier packages do have a data cap. Review the details of your plan to see if you have a data limit to consider.
Is Suddenlink Internet available in my area?
To check the availability of Suddenlink in your area, enter your address at SmartMove.us, or Suddenlink.com. Coverage areas extend across the US, with widespread coverage in Louisiana, West Virginia, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and North Carolina, among other states.
Why is my Suddenlink Internet so slow?
There are a number of factors that influence Internet speed, including overall demand in your area, and high bandwidth-usage devices in your own home. If you are experiencing slow Internet speeds during peak usage times, you may need to upgrade to a more robust Internet package. If speeds are slowest when using multiple devices in your home, consider how often you’ll be using those devices simultaneously to help in deciding if a higher tier plan is in order.
How can I make my Suddenlink Internet faster?
If you regularly experience WiFi speeds below the range outlined in your package, there are several steps you can take to see if your Internet speed improves. These include: rebooting your router and modem; minimizing the number of devices and applications running simultaneously to measure the impact each has on your speed; and relocating your router to a new location – off the floor in an open area where the signal can travel more easily is best. If these options do not solve for your speed concerns, you may want to consider investing in a WiFi extender, or upgrading your router or modem if they have become outdated.

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