01 February 2021
Ookla's SpeedTest is one of the most commonly used tools for measuring one's internet connection speed. It is used widely across the globe by both broadband and mobile data users. The team behind it has now extended the application's capabilities by adding a dedicated Video Test section to help you test your connection's performance for streaming purposes.
The new SpeedTest Video Test is currently exclusive to iOS devices. It is the tab in the middle of the bottom navigation bar that will be visible to you right after launching the application. The tab has a big "Play" icon in the center which needs to be tapped and the test will begin. The app plays an actual video which is the best way to test a network's streaming capabilities.
The test video will get played using adaptive bitrate technology. It is the same technology used by streaming service providers for automatically adjusting the video resolution based on network speed. Once the test is over, the app will show you the highest possible resolution that your network can stream along with devices where it can be enjoyed. It will also Buffering percentage and Load time (ms) to help you get a better picture of your network conditions.
SpeedTest Video Test available exclusively on iOS for the time being pic.twitter.com/W25s25b4cz— Ajit Singh (@ajitsingh0902) February 9, 2021
The aim of the test is to help you get an idea of what kind of device will be suitable for streaming at the highest possible resolution without a lot of buffering. It will specifically be helpful for those who experience inconsistent network speeds. As said in the beginning, the SpeedTest Video Test feature can be used via the iOS application for free.