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 150.88 Mbps. Throughout their coverage area, the average latency on Spectrum Internet speed tests is 29.13ms. 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||312 mbps|
|San Antonio, TX||1,000 mbps||317 mbps|
|Dallas, TX||1,000 mbps||345 mbps|
|Austin, TX||1,000 mbps||356 mbps|
|Orlando, FL||1,000 mbps||314 mbps|
|Charlotte, NC||1,000 mbps||329 mbps|
|Saint Louis, MO||1,000 mbps||348 mbps|
|Fort Worth, TX||1,000 mbps||227 mbps|
|Columbus, OH||1,000 mbps||362 mbps|
|Brooklyn, NY||1,000 mbps||440 mbps|
Fastest Cities For Spectrum Internet Service
|Lattimore, NC||1,000 mbps||931 mbps|
|Venice, CA||1,000 mbps||883 mbps|
|Garden Grove, CA||1,000 mbps||870 mbps|
|Gardena, CA||1,000 mbps||824 mbps|
|Mauldin, SC||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 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’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. For all of these plans, wireless speeds vary.
|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.