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 January 2022, Spectrum’s national average download rate is 164.99 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

1 GBPS

Maximum Advertised Download Mbps

13,149,517

Speed Tests from Spectrum Customers

29.66ms

Average Jitter

Spectrum Fastest Download Speeds Over Time

Spectrum Average Download Speeds Over Time

Top Cities For Spectrum Internet Service

Los Angeles 1,000 mbps 312 mbps
Manhattan 1,000 mbps 306 mbps
San Antonio 1,000 mbps 317 mbps
Dallas 1,000 mbps 345 mbps
Austin 1,000 mbps 356 mbps
Saint Louis 1,000 mbps 348 mbps
Orlando 1,000 mbps 314 mbps
Milwaukee 1,000 mbps 246 mbps
Cincinnati 1,000 mbps 230 mbps
Charlotte 1,000 mbps 329 mbps

Fastest Cities For Spectrum Internet Service

Lattimore 1,000 mbps 931 mbps
Venice 1,000 mbps 883 mbps
Garden Grove 1,000 mbps 870 mbps
Gardena 1,000 mbps 824 mbps
Mauldin 1,000 mbps 802 mbps

Spectrum Internet® Speeds and Speed Test FAQs

The Spectrum Internet® speeds shown in the 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 Wi-Fi issues. When a subscriber’s Wi-Fi router is not functioning properly, it can result in very low speed test output — however, this is caused by a faulty Wi-Fi unit, not the actual internet connection.

If you’re 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 up to Upload speed
Standard Internet 200 Mbps 10 Mbps
Ultra Internet 400 Mbps 20 Mbps
Gig Internet 1 Gbps 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 upload 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 200 Mbps to 1 Gbps range.

Spectrum Upload Speeds

Spectrum’s upload speeds tend to be much lower than their download speeds. They will be higher on the Ultra and Gig plans, but don’t go much beyond 35 Mbps. Most customers don’t 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’ve 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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Spectrum

  • What internet speeds does Spectrum offer?

    Spectrum offers a wide variety of internet speeds ranging from 300 Mbps to 1000 Mbps.

  • Does Spectrum increase internet speed?

    Spectrum has been working to upgrade their infrastructure, so it’s possible that customers living in certain areas may receive a speed increase.

  • How fast should my Spectrum internet be?

    It depends on your plan, as well as other factors like the Spectrum infrastructure in your area and how many people are using the connection. In general, you should expect to get about 75 percent of the stated speeds at any given time.

  • What is the fastest internet speed offered by Spectrum?

    The fastest internet plan from Spectrum has download speeds of up to 1000 Mbps and costs $89.99.