Download speed measures how fast information can transfer to you. It affects things like how long it takes to download large files, update games, or show pages with lots of photos. Download speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps). One gigabit is 1000 Mbps, two gigabits is 2000 Mbps.
Upload speed measures how fast information can transfer from you. It affects things like how you appear on video calls, how fast you can upload files to the cloud, and how long it takes to add attachments to emails. Upload speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps).
When you get 1 or 2 Gig internet, your internet speeds have the capability of 1000-2000 Mbps. How fast you go depends on how you’re connected to the internet. For instance, Wi-Fi is slower than a direct connection via Ethernet. Additionally, your device, ethernet adapter, or Wi-Fi card may have a lower maximum speed than your router or internet connection.
Ping measures how quickly your device gets a response from a server. A low ping score is better, especially in applications where timing is everything – like online gaming or livestreaming. Ping is measured in milliseconds (ms).
Jitter measures the fluctuations in the speeds at which a stream of data is sent. A high jitter score can affect streaming and video calls, making them look and sound choppy or glitchy. Jitter is measured in milliseconds (ms).
An IP address is the series of numbers that identifies your personal network to the outside world. Just like packages you order are sent to your home address, data you request is sent to your IP address. Just like your home address, phone number, or license plate number, this information is sensitive and shouldn’t be shared publicly.