Sprint Network Speed Test
Test your current Mobile Broadband Speed
Click on a location to test your current Mobile Broadband Network speed. This tests your current upload and download speeds and shows the results in megabytes per second. The test requires a flash browser plugin version 8 or above. The latest version of flash can be accessed by clicking here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How does the test work?
A: Selecting one of the speed test locations will start an application to evaluate the upload and download speeds from your Personal Computer (PC) to the Sprint Network. You can run the tests several times over the course of a few minutes or hours and compare the results from test to test. The test downloads a file to your PC and then uploads a file to the test server. The results are expressed in megabytes per second (Mbps) are computed based on the file sizes transferred and the elapsed time to send or receive the files.
Q: How does this differ from other speed tests?
A: The test will compute the file upload and download speeds to a server. Your speeds will vary from test site to test site based on multiple variables like physical distance to the test server, file sizes used, and internet capacity for each test site, time of day, etc. Results may also vary from other speed tests found on the internet.
Q: What can I do in the event of observing slow speeds?
A: Check the following:
- Make sure you have the latest Sprint Connection Manager. Visit www.sprint.com/downloads for the latest version.
- Keep your PC updated with the latest service pack and/or hotfixes. http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/default.aspx?ln=en-us.
- Perform regular maintenance often (once every 30 days is recommended) to make sure your PC is running at its best. This would include scanning for viruses, spyware and malware.
- When performing a test, have proxy settings disabled in your browser. Proxy servers may slow down your connection.
- Different times of the day may exhibit better or worse performance depending on the network load at that time.
- Windows XP and Vista generally perform better over Windows 2000-based machines due to certain system limitations.
- Performing speed tests over a VPN will typically result in slower throughput due to the security and encryption introduced during data transfers.
- It is recommended that you have your laptop plugged into AC power during performance testing. Low battery levels may impact performance.
- If there are very few (<2) signal strength bars seen in your connection manager, try to move to a location with a higher number of bars.
- If your device supports an extendable or shark fin antenna, place it in the upright position. Often, putting your antenna in an upright position will result in a receiver sensitivity gain of around 2 to 3 dB.