Testing the speed of your internet connection is a great way to troubleshoot internet performance issues with your iPad device, even if you are not sure if the issue is with the Wi-Fi connection. Almost all of the apps that are installed in your iPad rely on the internet to download contents. This means that a slow internet connection will lead to a slow app.
There are many apps that can help you test the internet speed on your iPad. The Ookla Speedtest app can be used for this, as it is a free app. You just need to launch the app and allow it to use location services to test the Wi-Fi speed. You need to tap on the big “Begin Test” button to start the test.
To get an idea about the average speed of the internet connection, you need to do the test more than once. It is very much possible for the Wi-Fi connection to slow down for some seconds and then come back to full speed again. Performing multiple tests can help you avoid this problem. In addition to that, you will need to test internet speed at different locations in your apartment or house, especially at areas where you have noticed sluggish performance.
When the Wi-Fi signal travels through a wall or some other obstructions the signal may get weak. If after the test, you find that you have a dead spot, the best thing that you can do is to reposition the router to speed up the connection.
Before figuring out that you are getting a good speed, you will need to have an idea about the bandwidth capabilities of the internet connection that you use. You can get this data from the bill from your Internet Service Provider (ISP). You may also use a PC or laptop that is connected to your network to test the speed of the connection.
Any speed under 3 Mbps can be considered slow. If you need to stream HD quality videos, you will need speeds of at least 5-8 Mbps. To avoid buffering while watching video online, you may need internet speeds of above 10 Mbps and to stream 4K or UHD video, you will need speeds of at least 25 Mbps.