Download Speed and Latency Test
Get a precise, real-time read of your speed with this simple test, it can measure the performance of your connection regardless of who is your current internet provider. The BroadbandNow team recommends consumers regularly check their internet's performance as it fluctuates regularly and can identify when you need service support or when your household's usage exceeds your current plan's capability
About Our Spectrum Speed Test Tool
Whether Spectrum is your internet provider or you use a different provider, the speed test below can show key statistics about your internet connection.
Note: This speed test can be used to test any internet provider, not just Spectrum .
If your Spectrum speed test result is lower than expected, try resetting your router or call Spectrum customer service for additional assistance.
Use our speed test to assess the capability of your Internet service whether you use Spectrum or another provider. The panels above will display results for download speed and upload performance. These metrics are the most important indicators of broadband robustness. As of July 2021, Spectrum’s national average download rate is 145.41 Mbps. Throughout their coverage area, the average latency on Spectrum Internet speed tests is -1ms. For context, terrestrial connections generally have latency in the 5–70ms range. Satellite connections, in contrast, can be closer to 500–800ms.
Spectrum Internet Speed Data
Maximum Advertised Download Mbps
User Speed Test Download Mbps
Speed Tests from Spectrum Customers
Spectrum Fastest Download Speeds Over Time
Spectrum Average Download Speeds Over Time
Top Cities For Spectrum Internet Service
|Los Angeles, CA||1,000 mbps||308 mbps|
|New York, NY||1,000 mbps||307 mbps|
|San Antonio, TX||1,000 mbps||295 mbps|
|Dallas, TX||1,000 mbps||308 mbps|
|Austin, TX||1,000 mbps||339 mbps|
|Saint Louis, MO||1,000 mbps||292 mbps|
|Orlando, FL||1,000 mbps||283 mbps|
|Milwaukee, WI||1,000 mbps||230 mbps|
|Cincinnati, OH||1,000 mbps||230 mbps|
|Charlotte, NC||1,000 mbps||321 mbps|
Fastest Cities For Spectrum Internet Service
|Lattimore, NC||1,000 mbps||931 mbps|
|Venice, CA||1,000 mbps||870 mbps|
|Converse, TX||1,000 mbps||719 mbps|
|Caledonia, NY||1,000 mbps||695 mbps|
|El Segundo, CA||1,000 mbps||677 mbps|
Spectrum Internet® Speeds and Speedtest FAQs
The Spectrum Internet® speeds shown in graphs above are based on hundreds of thousands of user speed tests. These speed tests are powered by M-Labs, which is the speed test database integrated into BroadbandNow and Google search results.
Averages shown tend to be lower than real-world experience, since users often run speed tests to diagnose WiFi issues. When a subscriber’s WiFi router is not functioning properly, it can result in very low speed test output — however, this is caused by a faulty WiFi unit, not the actual Internet connection.
If you are testing a Spectrum connection and getting results below 10 Mbps, try resetting your router and running the test again. In many cases, low Spectrum speeds are actually caused by modem or router issues, rather than the Internet connection itself.
Spectrum Internet® Speed Tiers
Spectrum Internet® speeds come in three flavors: Standard, Ultra, and Gig.
|Spectrum Speed Tier||Download Speed||Upload speed|
|Standard Internet||60-200 Mbps||10 Mbps|
|Ultra Internet||300-400 Mbps||20 Mbps|
|Gig Internet||940 Mbps||35 Mbps|
Most customers use the “Standard” Internet plan, since it has more than enough download speed to handle streaming Netflix, Youtube, and other common uses.
Speeds are much faster on Spectrum’s Gig and Ultra plans. That said, only large families, techies, and “pro” users should pay the extra money for these plans. Most users will be happy with Spectrum’s Internet speeds on the “Standard” plan.
Spectrum Download Speeds
The speed advertised for Spectrum’s plans is the download speed. Spectrum’s download speeds are generally much faster than their download speeds. This is because cable Internet has limited bandwidth for upload speed, and most users need to download much more content than they upload. For users who want to stream video, having a strong download speed is most important. Spectrum’s download speeds are in the 60–1,000 Mbps range.
Spectrum Upload Speeds
Spectrum’s upload speeds tend to be much lower than their download speeds. They will be higher on Ultra and Gig plan, but don’t go much beyond 35 Mbps. Most customers do not rely on upload speed for much, and even 10 Mbps is enough to handle upload needs like Skype video and photo sharing.
Spectrum speeds vs Fiber Speeds
The main difference between Spectrum’s cable Internet and “fiber” providers like Verizon Fios is the upload speeds. Spectrum is an “asymmetrical” provider, meaning that the download speed is much faster than the upload speed. Fiber providers offer “symmetrical” service, which has just as much upload speed as download speed.
Spectrum Speeds in Context
Spectrum’s speeds are faster than most other cable providers. They have been investing heavily in upgrading and expanding their hybrid fiber-coaxial cable network. By using the latest DOCSIS 3.1 technology, Spectrum is able to deliver gigabit download speeds over copper cable wires.