Check your network speed

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Wor­ried your in­ter­net con­nec­tion isn’t up to speed? In­stall SpeedTest (for Mac, iOS and tvOS) from the App Store that will give your con­nec­tion’s up­load and down­load speeds a thor­ough work­out. It’s worth car­ry­ing out this test at dif­fer­ent times of the day.

You can also check your cur­rent lo­cal network speed by open­ing Network Util­ity (type its name in Spot­light) and switch­ing to its Info tab. Se­lect ‘Eth­er­net (en0)’ for your wired con­nec­tion — the link speed should be 1Gbit/s; if not, check the ca­bles and ver­ify your router sup­ports a fast Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net con­nec­tion. Se­lect ‘Wi-Fi (en1)’ to check your wire­less con­nec­tion. A strong 2.4GHz sig­nal should de­liver at least 200Mbps, while a 5GHz one should de­liver at least 350Mbps. Also try the free HELIOS LanTest tool ( bit.

ly/he­liostest) — you’ll need the user­name and pass­word shown on that page to get it, and to use Sys­tem Pref­er­ences’ Se­cu­rity & Pri­vacy to al­low the app to be in­stalled. Speedtest can help you de­ter­mine the ac­tual speed you’re get­ting from your in­ter­net con­nec­tion.

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